Director of ‘Yoddha’ and ‘Apna Sapna Money Money’, Sangeeth Sivan, passes away at the age of 65.

As per his brother Santosh, Sangeeth was hospitalized at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Renowned filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan, known for his contributions to both the southern and Hindi film industries, passed away at the age of 65. Sivan, who was best known for directing the Malayalam hit “Yoddha” and Hindi films like “Kya Kool Hain Hum” and “Apna Sapna Money Money”, breathed his last at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital following a cardiac arrest.

Sivan’s brother and cinematographer, Santosh Sivan, confirmed the news of his demise. According to Santosh, Sangeeth was admitted to the hospital where he succumbed to a cardiac arrest. The last rites were performed at the Oshiwara cemetery on Thursday.

Born into a family deeply entrenched in the film industry, Sangeeth Sivan made his directorial debut in 1990 with the Malayalam movie “Vyooham”. However, he gained widespread recognition with the 1992 blockbuster “Yoddha”, starring Mohanlal. He further collaborated with Mohanlal on films like “Gandharvam” (1993) and “Nirnayam” (1995).

In 1998, Sangeeth Sivan marked his Hindi directorial debut with the film “Zor”, featuring Sunny Deol and Sushmita Sen. He went on to direct several successful Hindi films including “Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne”, “Ek – The Power of One”, “Click”, and “Yamla Pagla Deewana 2”.

The news of Sangeeth Sivan’s demise was met with an outpouring of grief from the film fraternity. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his condolences, while actors like Sunny Deol and Riteish Deshmukh, who had worked closely with Sivan, shared their shock and sadness on social media.

Sunny Deol, who collaborated with Sangeeth on “Zor” and “Yamla Pagla Deewana 2”, expressed his disbelief at the filmmaker’s sudden demise. He took to social media to share his condolences, remembering Sangeeth as a dear friend.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who worked with Sangeeth on comedies such as “Kya Kool Hai Hum” and “Apna Sapna Money Money”, expressed his deep sadness at the news. Deshmukh recalled Sangeeth as a mentor who believed in him and gave him a chance in the industry.

Sangeeth Sivan’s contribution to the entertainment industry extended beyond cinema. He also directed the 2019 web series “Bhram”, starring Kalki Koechlin.

With Sangeeth Sivan’s untimely demise, the film industry has lost a talented director known for his versatile storytelling and entertaining cinema. He will be remembered fondly for his contributions to Indian cinema, both in the south and in Bollywood.

Riteish Deshmukh, expressing his grief, wrote, “Soft-spoken, gentle, and a wonderful human being. My heart is broken today. My deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, his wife, kids, and brothers. I will miss you, Da! Your infectious laughter will always stay with us. Rest in glory…”

Tusshar Kapoor, Sangeeth’s co-star from “Kya Kool Hain Hum”, was left speechless by the news of Sangeeth’s passing. “I don’t have words to describe what I’m feeling right now…. A mentor of sorts, someone who introduced me to comedy with #KyakoolHainHum is no more! Sangeeth ji, I had the honor of working with you again recently but it’ll take me a long time to get over this sad news! RIP sir you will be missed! #SangeethSivan #gem,” Kapoor wrote on X.

Sangeeth’s recent projects included directing the upcoming horror-comedy “Kapkapii”, in which he collaborated with the actor. The film also stars Shreyas Talpade.

Additionally, Sangeeth directed the 2019 web series “Bhram”, featuring Kalki Koechlin in the lead role.

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