K. Balachander

K. Balachander

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K. Balachander Profile

  • Name:
  • K. Balachander
  • Born:
  • July 9, 1930
  • Died:
  • December 23, 2014
  • Awards:
  • Padma Shri (1987)

K. Balachander Biography

K. Balachander was an Indian film director who concentrated in Tamil film industry. He was also a film producer and screenwriter. He was notable for his film making style. He has directed more than 80 films and has introduced many actors and technicians. Some of the important actors introduced by him are Rajnikanth, Prakash Raj, Vivek, Radha Ravi, Srikanth, Sarath Babu, Sivakumar, Y. G. Mahendran and Kamal Hassan. His production house is named as Kavithalaya Productions.

He was born on 9th July 1930 in Nannilam in Thanjavur of the then Madras Presidency in Tamil Brahmin family. His parents are Saraswati and Dhandapani. He got his B. Sc degree in Zoology in 1949 from Annamalai University. He started his career as a Superintendent in Accountant General’s Office. He wrote the plays Major Chandrakanth, Server Sundaram, Neerkumizhi, Naanal, Navagraham during this time. He later directed these plays and these were huge successes. He always conveyed a message in his films.

He married Rajam and has two sons, Kailasam, Prasanna and one daughter, Pushpa Kandaswamy. He was a tough task master who extracted the work from the actors. Some of his famous films are Apporva Raagangal, Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu, 47 Naatkal, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Sindhu Bairavi, Maro Charithra and Rudraveena. He wrote dialogue for the film Dheiva Thaai.

Poi and Parthale Paravasam are his later films. He has also produced some serials like Kai Alavu Manasu, Rayil Sneham, Kadhal Pagadai, Jannal, Anni, Nilavai Pidippom, Comedy Colony, Chhoti Si Asha, etc.

He has won many National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards. He got the India’s fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri in the year 1987. He also received ANR National Award from Government of Andhra Pradesh. He was given Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contributions to cinema industry. He also got honorary doctorate degree. He was often called as Iyakunar Sikaram which means The Top Director. 

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