Balu Mahendra

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Veteran director Balu Mahendra

TNN | Feb 13, 2014

The Times of India

Acclaimed director Balu Mahendra (1940-2014) was amongst the pioneers of Indian cinema and is also a screenwriter, editor and cinematographer.

Balu Mahendra has won five National Film Awards—two for cinematography, three Filmfare Awards South and numerous state awards from the governments of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The ace director, started his career as a cinematographer with Nellu in 1974 and soon made his directional debut in a few years through Kokila, a Kannada film.

Some of his acclaimed films in Tamil include Mullum Malarum (as Cinematographer), Azhiyadha Kolangal, Moodu Pani and Moondram Pirai. He has worked with the likes of Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Dhanush as well. Balu Mahendra made his onscreen debut last year with Thalaimuraigal and received good response for his acting skills.


Complete filmography

As Director

1977 Kokila

1979 Azhiyatha Kolangal

1980 Manju Moodal Manju

1980 Moodupani

1982 Moondram Pirai

1982 Nireekshana

1982 Olangal

1983 Oomai Kuyil

1983 Sadma

1984 Neengal Kettavai

1985 Unn Kannil Neer Vazhindal

1985 Yaathra

1987 Irattaival Kuruvi

1987 Rendu Thokala Titta

1988 Veedu

1989 Sandhya Raagam

1991 Poonthenaruvi Chuvannu

1991 Vanna Vanna Pookkal

1992 Chakravyuham

1993 Marupadiyam

1995 Sathi Leelavathi

1996 Aur Ek Prem Kahani

2003 Julie Ganapathy

2005 Athu Oru Kanaa Kaalam

2013 Thalaimuraigal

as cinematographer

1974 Nellu

1978 Lambadolla Ramadasu

1978 Manavoori Pandavulu

1978 Sommokadidhi Sokokadidhi

1978 Ulkatal

1979 Shankarabharanam

1980 Moodupani

1981 Seethakoka Chilaka

1982 Moondram Pirai

1982 Olangal

1983 Pallavi Anu Pallavi

1983 Sadma (photography)

1985 Yaathra

2013 Thalaimuraigal

As Writer

1982 Moondram Pirai (screenplay)

1983 Sadma (screenplay) / (story)

1985 Yaathra (screenplay)

As an Actor

2013 Thalaimuraigal

As Editor

2013 Thalaimuraigal

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