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Ace Film maker Balu Mahendra passes away

Ace Film maker Balu Mahendra passes away

News Date: 13th Feb, 14

Ace Film maker cum director Balu Mahendra passed away Today at a hospital in Chennai. He was 74. He was admitted to the Vijaya Hospitals after he suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency care treatment. However, he breathed his last in the hospital at around 11 a.m.

Balu Mahendra, a multi-faceted personality, has worked as a filmmaker, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer. The veteran director made hisdirectorial debut with Kannada film Kokila in 1977. He received the National Film Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White) for the film, which he not only directed but also handled the cinematography. He also won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay for Kokila.

He has worked in several films in various industries including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. Some of his critically-acclaimed films include MooduPani, Moondram Pirai, Marupadiyum, Sathi Leelavathi and Sadma among others.

For the first time in his four-decade long career,  Mahendra starred in a pivotal role in a Tamil film that released last year. The film Thalaimuraigal revolves around the bond between a grand father and his grandson. Mahendra, who appeared as the grand father, was lauded for his performance in the film, which has been deemed as one of the veteran's best creations.

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