K. BalachanderPublished: January 24, 2015
Kailasam Balachander was an Indian director, producer, writer, actor, playwright, stage conductor, and comedian who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. He was well known for his distinct film-making style, and the Indian film industry knew him as a master of unconventional themes and hard-hitting subject matters of contemporary time. Balachander’s films are well known for their portrayal of women as bold personalities and central characters. Popularly referred to as Iyakkunar Sigaram . His films are usually centred on unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes. Starting his cinematic career as a screenwriter, Balachander soon graduated as a director with Neerkumizhi in 1965. He was given a break into Tamil films by M. G. Ramachandran.
In a career that spread over 50 years, he had contributed to nearly 100 feature films either as a screenwriter or director, thus becoming one of the most prolific film-makers in the country. Known among his colleagues as a tough task master,he was credited with having nurtured numerous actors, notably Nagesh, Sujatha, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Jayaprada, Jayasudha, Saritha, Renuka, Prakash Raj , Ramesh Aravind and Vivek.
As of 2013, Balachander had won nine National Film Awards and 13 Filmfare Awards. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, in 1987, and is a recipient of the ANR National Award and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in cinema. K. Balachander is revered as one of the best directors India has ever produced. His ideas were original and his subjects were complex ideas expressed via art.
A production house named Kavithalaya Productions which has been producing films since 1981 is Balachander’s very own production house. Apart from Tamil, he had made films in other languages such as Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. He had also made a few film appearances and has directed a few TV serials as well.
|Real Name||Kailasam Balachander|
|Place of Birth||Tanjore|
|Occupation||Film Director,Screen Writer,Producer|
|Debut movie||Dheiva Thaai (Tamil)|
|Known For||Ethir Neechal,Aval Oru Thodar Kathai,Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal|
|Awards||Padmashri (1987),Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2011)|
|Date of Marriage||1956|
He introduced Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Sujatha, Saritha, Prakash Raj and Vivek