Indian film industries legendary movie director K Balchander passed away at the age of 84 on Tuesday. Sudden demise of K Balchander left Tamil, Telugu and Hindi Bollywood film industry into grief. K Balchander was the mentor of superstar Rajinikanth and actor Kamal Haasan and he is the person who launched them, died at a private Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening after prolonged illness. Veteran Director K Balchander received Dadasaheb Phalke K Balachander and many other awards for his remarkable service and association with the Indian film industry comprising Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood. Balachander who was known as ‘Iyakkunar Sigaram’ (a peak among the directors) in South Indian Film industry went fell unconscious at his residence last week due to late age illness. His condition had deteriorated after a surgery early last month to remove a brain tumour. “Around 7 pm following a massive heart attack, KB was declared dead. His condition was already in a deteriorated state after he developed infection and fever and that he had been under dialysis for the last five days following the failure of his kidneys did not help,” said an official at the Kauvery Hospital.
Balchander – A Peak Among The Directors
Kailasam Balachander who was born on 9th July 1930 was a film director, screenwriter and producer who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. He was well known for his distinct film-making style, the Indian film industry knew him as a master of unconventional themes and hard-hitting subject matters of contemporary time. His films are well known for its portrayal of women as bold personalities and central characters. Starting his cinematic career as a screenwriter, Balachander soon graduated as a director with Neerkumizhi in 1965. In a career that spread over 45 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 taskmaster, he was credited with having nurtured numerous actors, notably Nagesh, Sujatha, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Jayaprada, Jayasudha, Saritha, Prakash Raj and Vivek. As of 2013, Balachander had won nine National Film Awards and multiple 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.
Balachander, whose entry into the world of cinema was accidental, had penned and directed over 100 movies and a dozen TV serials in the 1990s. He honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2010, besides winning nine national awards during his 49-year association with filmmaking. It all began when he was approached to write dialogues for Dheiva Thaai (1965) by M G Ramachandran when he was an employee at the accountant general’s office in Chennai. A reluctant Balachander, who was more interested in theatre, agreed to take up the project. He became a celebrity among his colleagues at AG’s office after he wrote a play, Major Chandrakanth, for the felicitation of a new accountant general in 1963. The play was a big hit and later adopted into celluloid in three languages – Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. In 2009, he went back to the world of theatre with his play, Pournami. While many of his movies as well as television serials were noted for portrayal of bold woman characters, he was also remembered for introducing actors like Rajinikanth (Aboorva Ragangal), Kamal Haasan (Arangetram) and Prakash Raj (Duet). Balachander is survived by his wife Rajam, son Prasanna and a daughter Pushpa Kandaswamy. His another son Kailasam, who was also a director, had passed away recently. Some of his critically acclaimed and well-known films include “Aval Oru Thodar Kathai,” “Sindhu Bhairavi,” “Manmadha Leelai,” “Anthuleni Katha” and “Moondru Mudichu.”
The death of legendary South Indian director K Balachander, who died of age-related illness at a private Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening, has shocked the Telugu film industry.Soon after hearing the sad news, many Tollywood celebrities such as Mohan Babu, Naresh, Trisha, K Raghavendra Rao, Sundeep Kishan, Manchu Manoj, AR Rahman, Lakshmi Manchu, Shruti Haasan, Priyamani, D Suresh Babu and others took to their Twitter pages and expressed their shock and sadness over the sudden demise of K Balachander.Here are Telugu film stars’ comments on K Balachander’s death:
Mohan Babu M
“The loss of legendary K Balachander is a loss to the industry. One of the truly maverick directors and genius ahead of his time. Beauty is that he lives on with his wonderful work he has created. Condolences to his family and may the great man RIP.”
Legend, sir K.BALACHANDAR is no more. R.i.p
Rest in peace K balachander garu…..
A terrible lossRip KB sir
Raghavendra Rao K
బాలచందర్ గారు లేరు అనేది అత్యంత భాధాకరమైన విషయం. భారత చలన చిత్ర పరిశ్రమ కి తీరని లోటు. ఆ మహానుభావుడి ఆత్మకి శాంతి చేకురాలని కోరుకుంటున్నాను.
Balachander Sir leaves us physically. His legend lives on! Was lucky enough to meet him once when he accepted ANR Award. RIP Sir.
2014 pls end fast…you have caused enough grevience so far..RIP Balachander sir..you shall always Be loved,cherished and missed..
RIP Genius U Wil Live Forever in this world Uncle
With the kind of Masterpieces that he’s made #BalachanderGaru will live on for a really reaaallllyyy long time..You will be missed Sir..RIP
#RIPBalachandar garu! Heartfelt condolences to his family.
RIP balachander garu Ur memories and the lovely films u have given us will always be remembered as long as indian cinema is there.
Thought leader, path-breaker, visionary, genius.. No one like KB sir.. You will live forever sir… Your films will never rest in peace. What a man…What a stellar career..One of those ppl who respect to the art form,Who showed how powerful cinema can be in changing attitudes. It’s impossible to pick a favorite KB sir film..but it’d have to be Bama Vijayam & Major Chandrakanth for me..Genius! Not to forget KB sir’s Television gems.. Never watched much TV in my life except sports.. But would sit glued to the tube with amma.
RIP K Balachander sir..1 of the finest directors of indian cinema who has nurtured many actors esp Kamal n Rajini sir
Dear KB sir, your vision and creations have inspired 3 generations Really grateful for intro’ing me thru your co Kavithaalaya in Roja RIP!
Devi Sri Prasad
The Biggest Loss 4 Indian Film Industry.. RIP KB sir.!! The Greatest Legendary Director who created unimaginable Wonders!! Lov U always sir!
K.Balachander sir RIP. You redefined cinema. You were one of the finest. A huge loss for the film industry.
Rip kb sir … Such a big part of my family and my fathers life and career – thankyou for inspiring us with your great work and life
Oh no!!very very sad news indeed…the industry has lost one of its rare jewels…though I did not hv the opportunity to work with him.. Had the opportunity to see the man a lot of times…RIP K Balachander sir!!!!You will definitely be missed 🙁
RIP #KB sir …. Deeply saddened Veteran legendary director K.Balachander sir has left us:( Feel honoured and proud to be introduced to cinema by him RIP my guru 🙁 Thanku #KB sir for bringing me into the world of cinema and world of acting. Thanku for The legendary films you gave us 🙂 RIP sir 🙁
The film industry loses a legend! K Balachander sir is and will be one of the most inspiring filmmakers that I knw. A legend rests in peace. I remember once that I received an award from him.He touched my head and blessed me ,that memory will stay with me forever !! That was one of the golden moments in my life and I can never forget that effervescent smile of his. #RIPKBsir !!
Vidyu aka Vidyullekha
RIP #KB sir …. Deeply saddened. One of the best filmmakers in Tamil cinema… You will be missed sir.
Sad to hear about @K.Balachander sir. We lost a legend few mins. Ago. RIP #TamilNadu #Chennai
Saddened by the loss of luminary K Balachander sir…Rest in peace.
RIP K B sir..You will be Missed.!!
RIP KB sir. Big big loss.
Its very saddening to hear that Legendary director K. Balachander Garu is no more. May his soul rest in peace.
Ram Gopal Varma
Want to express my heartfelt grief for the passing away of K Balachander, the only true maverick and path breaking director of all time
Harish Shankar S
RIP…. K BALACHANDER Sir .. a True Legend;
Rest In Peace Balachander Sir!
A true inspiration for many n one of those efficient few directors who can peep deep into hearts. #KBalachandar films were language to women’s hearts.questions to society n answers to stalemates of emotions;challenge us&change us…
RIP to Legendary Director BalaChandar Garu….we miss u sir.
K Balachander sir , The God of Indian Cinema who’s ahead of his times ,went ahead to enlighten the Gods about the human psyche.
Trying not to feel sad or say RIP to KB sir….just goin to revisit and rejoice evry movie/character this GOD created! Luv u sir!!
RIP to Legendary dir Sri K.Balachandar garu.Greatest inspiration to me as a director.Long live his Films. Never forget his films &his talent
K.B sir may ur soul RIP…..
N Chandrababu Naidu
Deeply saddened by the passing of legendary director K. Balachander. His distinct film-making style & hard-hitting themes amused one & all.