A young Malayalam filmmaker Nayana Sooryan was found dead at her apartment in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Sunday. Also Read - Malayalam anthology film Crossroad to highlight women issues

Sooryan, 28, was undergoing treatment for diabetes for some time, police said on Monday. Her autopsy report is yet to be out.

Sooryan’s mother started worrying after several calls went unanswered. She alerted Sooryan’s friends who found her body in her bedroom.

Sooryan’s had assisted several prominent directors in the industry. She marked her space in the film industry as an independent director through Crossword, a 2017 anthology in which she did the sequel Pakshikalude Mananam with actors Vijay Babu and Mythili.

She had earlier worked as an associate director under several leading filmmakers like late Lenin Rajendran, Kamal, Jeethu Joseph and Dr Biju. She had even directed several advertisements and stage shows in India as well as abroad.

Sources close to Sooryan said that the sudden death of Lenin Rajendran, who died on January 14 affected Sooryan. She started her career in the industry assisting Rajendran.

Sooryan is survived by father Dinesan, mother Sheela and two siblings.