Filmmaker Sangeeth Sivan, who is currently being treated for Covid-19 at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, is not on ventilator support anymore and is recovering, his brother and filmmaker Santosh Sivan said on social media on Sunday.
Sangeeth had tested positive for Covid-19 last week after which he was admitted to KIMS Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. On Sunday, reports emerged about the director being put on ventilator support due to his ‘critical’ health condition. On the same day, his brother Santosh Sivan wrote on social media that Sangeeth’s health condition has improved and he has been taken off ventilator support.
Sangeeth Sivan, who is renowned for directing several films in Malayalam and Hindi languages was born to journalist and photographer Sivan and is the eldest of Sivan’s three sons. His brothers, Santosh Sivan and Sanjeev Sivan are both filmmakers. While Santosh Sivan works closely with the Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi languages, Sanjeev Sivan predominantly works with the Malayalam and Hindi film industries.
While Sangeeth Sivan debuted with the Malayalam film Vyooham, his stint with Hindi films began with the 1989 Aditya Bhattacharya directorial Raakh, which he worked on as an executive producer. In an interview to The Cue earlier this year, he said that he worked on Raakh on the insistence of his friend and filmmaker, Basu Bhattacharya to assist his son Aditya in making his first film.
His other Hindi directorials include Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, Apna Sapna Money Money, and Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 among others.
In Malayalam, he has directed hit films Yodha, Daddy, Gandharvam, and Nirnayam.
His last directorial venture in Malayalam was the 2000 film Snehapoorvam Anna although, he produced and wrote the script for Idiots in 2012 and produced E in 2017. In the interview in February, he had stated that if he makes a comeback to Malayalam cinema, it would be with a film that has equal parts of ‘humour’ and ‘emotion’ in it.