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K Balachander

General Profile of K Balachander  -   Drama Artists

K. Balachander is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. Balachander is known for his distinct film-making style. His films analyse unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes. He also owns a production house named Kavithalaya Productions.

Besides Tamil cinema, he has directed films in Telugu, Hindi and Kannada languages and occasionally worked as an actor and in television as well. K. Balachander is known among actors as a tough taskmaster. He was able to extract from these actors some of their finest acting performances for his films. Before his work in Indian cinema, he was a school teacher in Muthupet, Tiruvarur District, and a playwright.

Films Directed

Neer Kumizhi
Naanal
Major Chandrakanth
Bama Vijayam
Sowcar Janaki, Kanchana, Jayanthi
Anubavi Raja Anubavi
Ethir Neechal
Thamarai Nenjam
Bale Kodalu
Poova Thalaya
Sattekalapu Satteya
Iru Kodugal
Patham Pasali
Ethiroli
Navagraham
Kaviya Thalaivi
Naangu Suvargal
Nootrukku Nooru
Bomma Borusa
Punnagai
Kanna Nalama
Velli Vizha
Arangetram
Jayachitra, Jayasudha
Sollathaan Ninaikkiren
Naan Avanillai
Aval Oru Thodar Kathai
Aaina
Apoorva Raagangal
Manmadha Leelai
Anthuleni Katha
Phataphat Jayalakshmi, Kamal Hassan
Moondru Mudichu
Avargal
Pattina Pravesam
Nizhal Nijamagiradhu
Maro Charithra
Thappu Thalangal
Thappida Thala
Ninaithale Inikkum
Andamaina Anubhavam
Nool Veli
Guppedu Manasu
Idi Katha Kaadu
Varumayin Niram Sigappu
Aakali Rajyam
Aadavallu Meeku Joharulu
Enga Ooru Kannagi
Tholikodi Koosindi
Thillu Mullu
Thaneer Thaneer
Ek Duuje Ke Liye
47 Natkal
47 Rojulu
Agni Sakshi
Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu
Poikkal Kuthirai
Zara Si Zindagi
Kokilamma
Ek Nai Paheli
Achamillai Achamillai
Eradu Rekhagalu
Kalyana Agathigal
Sindhu Bhairavi
Mugila Malligey
Sundara Swapnagalu
Punnagai Mannan
Manathil Uruthi Vendum
Rudraveena
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
Oru Veedu Iru Vasal
Azhagan
Vaaname Ellai
Dhilon Ka Rishta
Jathi Malli
Duet
Kalki
Paarthale Paravasam
Poi

Films Scripted

Dheiva Thaai
Server Sundaram
Poojaikku Vandha Malar
Neelanam
Oonche Log
Urandhakallu Oesthu Naaru Jackraga
Suga Dhukalu
Teen Bahuraniyan
Chiranjeevi
Saamparallaram Babu
Beekara Nimishangal
Bomma Borusa
Moogabrama
Luckoon May Ek
Mine Sundar Urain
Haar Jeet
Aaradi Mannita Jenmay
Aval Oru Thodar Kathai
Naan Avanillai
Jeevitha Rangam
Aaina
Apoorva Raagangal
Manmadha Leelai
Thoorpu Padamara
Anthuleni Katha
Avargal
Bala Brikshanam
Maro Charithra
Idi Katha Kaadu
Kazhagan
Thaneer Thaneer
Achamillai Achamillai
Sindhu Bhairavi

Films Acted

Poi
Rettaisuzhi

Films Produced

Netrikan
Puthukavithai
Manal Kayiru
Agni Sakshi
Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu
Poikkal Kudhirai
Anney Anney
Naan Mahaan Alla
Poovilangu
Achamillai Achamillai
Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Film
Eradu Rekhagalu
Pudhiyavan
Enakkul Oruvan
Kalyana Agathigal
Aval Sumangalithaan
Mugila Malligey
Eda Nilangal
Sri Raghavendra
Sindhu Bhairavi
Sundara Swapnagalu
Punnagai Mannan
Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi
Velaikaran
Vanna Kanavugal
Manathil Uruthi Vendum
Penmani Aval Kanmani
Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Siva
Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
Unnai Solli Kutramillai
Varavu Nalla Uravu
Oru Veedu Iru Vasal
Sigaram
Nee Pathi Naan Pathi
Vaaname Ellai
Annamalai
Roja
Jathi Malli
Duet
Muthu
Kalki
Vidukathai
Thulli Thirindha Kaalam
Pooveli
Rojavanam
Rajakali Amman
Appu
Sri Raja Rajeswari
Parthale Paravasam
Album
Saamy
Thirumalai
Ayya
Idhaya Thirudan
Kuselan
Thiruvanamalai

 
Family Background

K. Balachander was born on 9 July 1930 to Saraswati and Dhandapani at Nannilam in the then Tanjore district (now Tiruvarur District), India. Balachander is married to Rajam. The couple has 3 children, two sons – Kailasam, Prasanna and one daughter Pushpa Kandaswamy, Chief Executive Officer, Kavithalaya Productions.

Educational Qualification & Sports

He completed his B. Sc., (Zoology) in 1949 at Annamalai University.

 
Awards & Titles

Civilian honors   

• 1987 – Padmashri - Government of India

Honorary Doctorate       

• 2005 - Doctor of Letters - Sathyabama University

• 2005 - Doctor of Letters - Alagappa University

• 2007 - Doctor of Letters - Madras University

National Film Awards       

• 1969 - Iru Kodugal - Best Tamil Film

• 1975 - Apoorva Raagangal - Best Tamil Film

• 1981 - Thaneer Thaneer - Best Tamil Film

• 1981 - Thaneer Thaneer - Best Screenplay

• 1984 - Achamillai Achamillai - Best Tamil Film

• 1988 – Rudraveena - Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration

• 1991 - Oru Veedu Iru Vaasal - National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues

• 1992 – Roja - Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration

• 2011 - Dadasaheb Phalke Award    

Filmfare Awards       

• 1981 - Ek Duje Ke Liye -     Best Screenplay

Filmfare Awards South       

• 1974 - Aval Oru Thodar Kathai -     Best Director

• 1975 - Apoorva Raagangal - Best Director

• 1978 - Maro Charitra - Best Director

• 1980 - Varumayin Niram Sivappu - Best Director

• 1981 - Thaneer Thaneer - Best Director

• 1984 - Achamillai Achamillai - Best Film

• 1984 - Achamillai Achamillai - Best Director

• 1985 - Sindhu Bhairavi - Best Film

• 1988 – Rudraveena - Best Director

• 1989 - Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal - Best Director

• 1992 - Roja - Best Film

• 1992 - Vaaname Ellai - Best Director

• 1995 - Lifetime Achievement Award    

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards       

• 1968 - Ethir Neechal, Thamarai Nenjam - Dialogue Writer

• 1978 - Thappu Thalangal - Dialogue Writer

• 1980 - Varumayin Niram Sivappu - Best Director

• 1980 - Agni Sakshi - Second Best Film

• 1989 - Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal - Best Director

• 1992 - Vaaname Ellai - Story Writer

• 1992 – Roja - Best Film

• 1993 - Jaathi Malli - Best Film