K Balachander was the doyen of Tamil Cinema who brought a whiff of fresh air with his daring approach in filmmaking and revolutionized the Tamil Cinema during the 1970s and 80s. He is revered as one of the finest directors, India has ever produced. All Balachander’s films mainly focus on the fallible characters, their struggles and their triumphs, which reflect our common humanity.
The legendary director has introduced over 100 artists to the Film industry who later became bigwigs in the tinsel town. Few of the best talents he introduced are Nagesh, Sujatha, Jayaprada, Prakash Raj, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. Balachander made an amazing transformation from a Government servant to an eminent film personality.
Balachander’s obsession towards Cinema started at a very young age. He was drawn towards theater at the age of 12, eventually which helped him to develop an interest in acting, writing and directing the plays. Apart from working in Government sector, Balachander used to be an active participant in plays and dramas. He became very popular in no time and it caught the attention of the then Tamil Matinee Idol MGR, who offered him to write dialogues for the film Dheiva Thaai (1965).
After working as a writer and directing few films in the 1960s, Balachander started to concentrate on off-beat films with the stark reality of human emotions and family issues. His film Apoorva Raagangal which marked the debut of Rajnikanth has won a National Award for the Best feature film and Film fare award for the Best Director.
During the 1970s and 80s, Balachander has ruled the Tamil industry with many super hits, he occasionally directed Telugu movies as well. The legendary filmmaker was honored with the most prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his outstanding contribution to the Indian Cinema. Tamil Superstars Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan had acted together in his films during the primitive years of their career. After a successful stint as an eminent filmmaker, Balachander had directed few Television Serials. The 9 time National Awardee and Dadasaheb Phalke Awardee legend had passed away on 23rd December 2014 after his week-long battle with renal ailments.