Filmmaker Raman Ashok Kumar, generally known as Ashokan, handed away at a non-public hospital in Ernakulam on Sunday. He was 60. Mr. Ashokan, who was an IT entrepreneur in his later years, was admitted on the hospital for the previous few weeks with a number of well being points. Beginning his profession as an assistant director to filmmaker J. Sasikumar within the Eighties, he later struck out as an unbiased director with Varnam, starring Jayaram, Ranjini and Suresh Gopi in 1989.
He adopted this up subsequent yr with Saandram, a co-directorial with Thaha, which had Suresh Gopi and Parvathy as a newly married couple whose honeymoon journey is marred by a harmful man who’s on their pursuit.
However Ashokan is greatest remembered for Mookkilla Rajyathu, one of the crucial memorable comedies in Malayalam cinema, which was additionally co-directed with Thaha. The 1991 film had Thilakan, Jagathy Sreekumar, Mukesh and Thilakan, escaping from a psychological asylum and struggling exhausting to slot in exterior.
Talking to The Hindu, filmmaker Thaha mentioned that he had grown shut with Ashokan throughout their early days in Madras, though they hailed from the identical city, Varkala.
“He had already gained some expertise by that point as an assistant to Sasikumar, whereas I used to be simply beginning out. We used to remain collectively and used to debate quite a bit about our plans to make motion pictures. He obtained the provide to make Varnam at the moment, through which I labored as an affiliate director. It was throughout that point we determined to make motion pictures collectively. After these two motion pictures, he obtained busy with commitments in Singapore and later shifted base there after making Acharyan. He had a large circle of pals within the cinema subject, and he may simply have executed extra motion pictures. However, he didn’t,” mentioned Mr. Thaha.