K. Balachander

Playwright, Film director

1930 –

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Who is K. Balachander?

K. Balachander is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. Balachander is known for his distinct film-making style. The south Indian film industry knows him as a master of unconventional themes and hard-hitting subject matters of contemporary time. His films analyse unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes. He has directed nearly 80 films and has worked in 100 more either as director or writer. In his career, he has mainly contributed to Tamil film industry and is credited with having introduced hundreds of actors and technicians in Tamil cinema including Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Prakash Raj and Vivek. He owns a production house named Kavithalaya Productions. Besides Tamil cinema, he has worked as a writer and director for films in Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada languages and occasionally worked as an actor and in television as well.

Balachander has won 9 National Film Awards and 12 Filmfare Awards South. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 1987 and is a recipient of the ANR National Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In 2010, Balachander was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema for his contribution to arts. He holds an Honourary doctorate. He is popularly referred to as Iyakkunar Sikaram in Kollywood.

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Born
Jul 9, 1930
Nannilam
Also known as
  • K. Balchander
  • K. Balachandra
  • Kailasam Balachander
  • K. Balchandra
  • Iyakkunar Sikaram
Parents
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Education
  • Annamalai University
Employment
  • Kavithalayaa Productions

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