Sunil Babu, Artistic Director of Sita Ramam’s upcoming Varisu, dies at 50

During his illustrious career, Sunil has acted as Artistic Director for several films including Vijay’s ‘Varisu’, ‘Sita Ramam’, ‘Bangalore Days’, ‘Premam’, ‘Ghajini’ among others.

Renowned art director and production designer Sunil Babu passed away in Kerala on Thursday, January 5. Sunil, who was 50 years old, died after suffering a serious cardiac arrest in a hospital in Ernakulam. While he mostly worked in the Malayalam film industry, he was also known for his work in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films. Sunil’s latest work is for the much awaited Tamil movie Variso Starring Vijay, it is set to be released on Pongal.

Apart from this, Sunil was known for his acclaimed work in Malayalam films premiumAnd Bangalore daysAnd UrumiAnd notebook and others, he even won the Kerala State Film Award in the Best Art Director category for the 2005 film Ananthabhadram. Among his Bollywood movies LakshyaAnd TurnoutAnd GhajiniAnd Special 26 and others, and also acted in the recently released Telugu movie Sita Ramam.

Sunil’s death came as a blow to Indian cinema. Many actors, directors and producers offered their condolences and wrote heartfelt notes in Sunil’s memory. Actor Dulquer Salmaan, who starred in Sita Ramam And Bangalore daysHe wrote, “Heart hurts. The kindest warm soul who was quietly going about his work with so much passion and made no noise about his immense talent. Sunilita thank you for the memories. You brought life to our films. Can’t come to terms with this. Praying for your family and all those who loved you dearly.” (sic)”.

Malayalam director Anjali Menon took to social media to express her shock at Sunil’s death. “Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing of Sunil Babu. We worked together in our Bangalore days and I have some wonderful memories that I will always hold dear. Rest in peace dear Sunil.

Many messages of condolence also came from the members of the Telugu film fraternity, who also remembered Sunil as a soft-spoken and extremely talented person. Hanu Raghavapudi who directed Sita Ramamon Twitter, “This is truly heartbreaking and hard to digest! I can’t believe he’s no longer with us now. This shows, yet again, how unfair and unpredictable life can be. RIP, #snailbabu Sir. The world will miss you.”

Sharing a video of Sunil from the sets of the Telugu film, the official Twitter handle of production company Vyjayanthi Movies said, “So sad to hear that #snailbabu There is no more… In your art, we will meet you again! Heartfelt condolences to his (sic) family.” Prominent human rights activist, Sunitha Krishnan, also expressed her shock at his death. Sunitha produced the film Duha – the witch, of which Sunil was the art director. She wrote, “Shocked…still in process; dear friend.”

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