Malayalam filmmaker Babu Narayanan passes away

Thrissur: Popular Malayalam filmmaker, Babu Narayanan, who was part of the famed Anil-Babu duo who had helmed several blockbusters during 1990s, died at a hospital here on Saturday.

He was 59 and was battling cancer for some time, family sources said. After beginning his film career as an associate of legendary director Hariharan, Narayanan came out with his independent directorial debut Anagha in the year 1989.

After helming one more movie independently, he joined hands with filmmaker Anil as his directorial partner. The filmmaker-duo later turned into one of the most successful partners in the Mollywood during 1990s with a number of hit movies to their credit.

Nearly 25 movies, majority of them blockbusters, including Streedhanam, Injakkadan Mathayi and Sons, Aramana Veedum anjoorekkarum and Mayilpeelikkavu came out from their combination.

After taking a hiatus from the industry for some years, Narayanan attempted to make a come back with his independent movie To Noorah with Love in 2014 with Mamta Mohandas in the lead role, but failed to make any ripple in the box office.

Babu Narayanan is survived by wife Jyothi and two children. Several persons including actor Jayaram mourned the death of the hit-maker.