The veteran director who passed away last evening, had given a lot to Indian cinema, scaling dizzying heights of success in over 50 year span of his filmi career. Lets take you on a flashback mode as we remember the legend through some of his biggest achievements
Born in 1930, in the district of Tanjore, K Balachander was fascinated to films and theatres from the age of 8. Who would have thought that the young boy from humble background will go on to become one of the pioneers of Indian cinema. As the maverick filmmaker took his last breath yesterday, it marked an end of an era. The illustrious career of K Balachander spanning over 5 decades has sadly come to an end.
While the fans and celebs are in deep mourning, we bring you some of the biggest achievements of the legendary director over the years:
Before entering into films, K Balachander started off as a amateur playwright when he joined the theatre group United Amateur Artistes in 1950, during his graduation days. He later rose to fame with his play, Major Chandrakanth, which was widely popular. He had the opportunity to work with many renowned film actors, as celebs like Major Sundarrajan, Nagesh, Sreekanth and Sowcar Janaki were a part of his drama troupe. His other popular plays like Server Sundaram, Neerkumizhi were later adapted successfully into films.
Mentoring Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan
Introducing the two greatest superstars of Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, was perhaps considered to be one of the biggest contributions of K Balachander to the world of cinema. After giving both the actors a big break inApoorva Ragangal, KB collaborated with both the superstars time and again guiding them on the path to greatness. Other than Rajini and Kamal, stars like Sridevi, Saritha, Sujatha, Prakash Raj and Vivekh are all finds of Balachander.
Not many know that K Balachander has been associated to Bollywood ever since 1965 when he was roped in as a writer for a film titled Oonche Log. The veteran director was credited as writer in a handful of Hindi films before he helmed the film Rajesh Khanna's Aaina in 1977. In 1981, Balachander tasted one of the biggest success in his career as his film Ek Duje Ke Liye, was declared a massive hit. Till date, the film starring Kamal Haasan and Rati Agnihotri is considered to be a cult classic.
9 National awards
It is every artist's dream to win a National Award and a lot of those dreams remain as dreams. But K Balachander was honoured with not one but 9 National Awards with his films ruling the roost in almost every award ceremony. The late maverick filmmaker has around 16 Filmfare awards to his name too.
After reaching the zenith of Tamil cinema, KB was awarded 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.
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