Aditi Rao Hydari pays tribute to Sufiyum Sujathayum director Naranipuzha Shanavas

Aditi Rao Hydari shared this photo. (Courtesy aditiraohydari)


  • Aditi shared photos of herself and Naranipuzha Shanavas
  • “Rest in peace, Shanavas sir,” she wrote
  • “Gone too early,” she added

New Delhi:

Malayalam director and screenwriter Naranipuzha Shanavas has died, actress Aditi Rao Hydari said in an Instagram post on Thursday. The exact cause and date of his death are not yet known. Naranipuzha Shanavas directed Aditi Rao Hydari in Sufiyum Sujathayumwhich was released on Prime Video earlier this year. Aditi Rao Hydari shared a series of photos of herself and Naranipuzha Shanavas behind the scenes in their film, describing him as a “kind and sensitive” man. She wrote: “As kind and sensitive as his stories … rest in peace, Shanavas sir. I hope your Sufi soul finds a place as beautiful as the one you created for us Sufiyum Sujathayum. Gone too early. My prayers and condolences to the family. #RIPShanawazNaranipuzha. “

See Aditi Rao Hydari’s post here:

Sufiyum Sujathayum was one of the first seven films to be released digitally as part of the coronavirus lockdown. The film was written and directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas and produced by Vijay Babu, who also mourned Naranipuzha Shanavas in an Instagram post on Wednesday. He shared a picture of the director and a poster of their film. An excerpt from his post read: “We have tried our best for you Shaanu … I love you very much.”


Sufiyum Sujathayum also played Jayasurya, Dev Mohan and Siddique. The film premiered on July 3 on Prime Video. The film showed society’s hypocrisy about interfaith marriages.

Naranipuzha Shanavas’ films revolve around the religious and cultural divide. He made his directorial debut with the film in 2015 Cariewith Gopu Keshav, Rammohan Ravindran and KT Satheesan.