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29 February 2024

Indian cine art director hospitalised in Dubai after paralysis caused by stroke

By V M Sathish

A leading South Indian art director of cinema, who is on visit to the UAE, is currently admitted in the Al Baraha Hospital, after he collapsed with a stroke as a result of a hectic work schedule here.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7 from his hospital bed, C K Suresh, art director of many popular Malayalam movies, said he is unable to move after a stroke caused by high blood pressure.

Suresh, who came to the UAE in the first week of January  for the Dubai Shopping Festival and also to expand his activities to the UAE, has been bed ridden for the past two days.  He suffers from diabetes and hypertension and of late he was not taking medicines regularly, said an associate helping him in the hospital.
“I came here about 15 days ago on visit visa for the Dubai Shopping Festival. My work schedule had been very hectic and I forgot to take my blood pressure tablets regularly. When I was coming back from Ajman, I collapsed suddenly. I managed to reach the emergency section of Al Baraha Hospital with the help of some friends and well-wishers. Now I am stuck here, with the left part of my body paralysed,” he said, appealing for help to return home. 

“I cannot walk or sit. If I start walking, I will fall to one side. My left arm is almost motionless,” he says.  Doctors say it will take at least a week for him to recover to a stage when he can travel back home.

Suresh started his film career as an assistant art director under director I V Sasi for the Malayalam movie ‘Angadi’ in the 1980s. He was also associated with more than 120 Malayalam films including ‘His Highness Abdulla’, ‘Kireedam’, both starring superstar Mohanlal,  ‘Ekalavyan’, and ‘Mudra’.

CK Suresh also entered the Limca Book of Records for making the world’s biggest rangoli pattern at 12,232 square feet, which has an image of playback singer Yesudas,  and which was completed in 1 hour 44 minutes.

While he was in the UAE, Suresh did some art related programmes at Ajman University and in Sharjah.