When film industry lost beloved director K Balachander!

Updated: Dec 24, 2014, 11:20 AM IST

Direction is the soul of any screenplay, be it stage or silver screen. Conceiving stories and putting them to life that connects with numerous hearts all over is not everyone's cup of tea. K Balachander - a jewel in the crown of Tamil film industry left us on.....with memories and extraordinary body of work.

A man who introduced Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Saritha, Prakash Raj and Vivek to the Tamil film industry, passed away following ill heath at the age of 84.

The noted filmmaker was born in 1930 into a Tamil Brahmin household and was drawn to theatre and drama at the tender age of twelve. Following his passion, Balachander made a name much respected and sought after in the Tamil film industry. He was adorned with National and Filmfare awards for his work.

The ace director started with 'Dheiva Thaai' in the year 1964 and his last movie as a director was 'Poi' which was released in the year 2006.

His filmography includes Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi Films too. He made a Hindi film 'Ek Duuje Ke Liye' in 1981 which was a remake of his own Telugu film 'Maro Charitra'.

Beginning his career with theatre in 1960's, he started as a playwrite, stage conductor, screenwriter and eventually growing into an indispensable and honoured director, producer and actor, who gave us around 100 films to cherish.

K Balachander, who is revered as one of the best directors India has ever produced, came up with complex subjects and gave a strong message to the society. Apart from being a brilliant director, he has been a godfather to more than 100 actors in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada industry. He was associated with several senior artists from the South Indian film industry such as Gemini Ganesan, Sowcar Janaki, Nagesh and Muthuraman and was a catalyst in shaping their careers.

A visionary and an extremely talented soul that Kollywood was proud of and will always be, left us teary eyed. His work will be seen as a celebration for his fans forever.