National Award Winners

K.Balachander

Kailasam Balachander (9 July 1930 – 23 December 2014) was an Indian director, producer, writer, actor, playwright, stage conductor, and comedian who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. He was well known for his distinct film-making style, and the Indian film industry knew him as a master of unconventional themes and hard-hitting subject matters of contemporary time. Balachanders films are well known for their portrayal of women as bold personalities and central characters. Popularly referred to as Iyakkunar Sigaram (literally The Director who scaled the peak),[1][2] his films are usually centred on unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes. Starting his cinematic career as a screenwriter, Balachander soon graduated as a director with Neerkumizhi in 1965. He was given a break into Tamil films by M. G. Ramachandran.[3]In a career that spread over 50 years, he had contributed to nearly 100 feature films either as a screenwriter or director, thus becoming one of the most prolific film-makers in the country.[4] Known among his colleagues as a tough task master,[5] he was credited with having nurtured numerous actors, notably Nagesh, Sujatha, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Jayaprada, Jayasudha, Saritha, Renuka, Prakash Raj , Ramesh Aravind and Vivek.As of 2013, Balachander had won nine National Film Awards and 13 Filmfare Awards. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, Indias fourth highest civilian award, in 1987, and is a recipient of the ANR National Award and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Indias highest award in cinema. K. Balachander is revered as one of the best directors India has ever produced. His ideas were original and his subjects were complex ideas expressed via art.A production house named Kavithalaya Productions which has been producing films since 1981 is Balachanders very own production house. Apart from Tamil, he had made films in other languages such as Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. He had also made a few film appearances and has directed a few TV serials as well. 

  • 1991 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Film on Other Social Issues Oru Veedu Iru Vasal(1990) 

  • 1991 Won Nargees Dutt Award Rudra Veena (1988)

  • Shared with: Chiranjeevi(producer) Nagendra Babu (producer)

  • 1989 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Regional Film (Telugu) Rudra Veena (1988)

  • Shared with:Chiranjeevi (producer) Nagendra Babu (producer) 

  • 1985 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Feature Film in Tamil Achamillai Achamillai (1984)

  • 1982 Won Silver Lotus Award Best Screenplay Thaneer Thaneer (1981) 

  • 1982 won Silver Lotus Award Best Feature Film in Tamil Thaneer Thaneer (1981)

 

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