Director Bala talks of his close relationship with the late Balu Mahendra
Feb 24, Balu Mahendra, one of Tamil cinemas greatest, passed away recently. He was a film-maker, cinematographer, screenwriter, and editor, who. Feb 14, Filmmaker Balu Mahendra died following a heart attack at a private hospital in Chennai. GET Stock Quotes News18 APP Born in a Sri Lankan Tamil Christian family as Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran, his The film's story was inspired by Balu's own relationship with late actress Shoba, whom he. Feb 14, Balu Mahendra, known for his films such as Sadma, died Thursday that depicts the relationship between a grandfather and grandson, with him playing the protagonist. He was born as Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran in Batticalo, In 3 Years Are In For A Big SurpriseEverQuote Insurance Quotes.
He then decides to return to the asylum which had housed him. Sethu had its fair share of disturbing cinema, with some mental asylum scenes shot in a green shade by cameraman Ratnavelu appearing grossly exaggerated and with a few sequences which even appeared repulsive.
The film, however, was a turning point for its hero Vikram as it ended his lean trot in the industry and his emaciated look in the film was to be a precursor for more such roles in the future.
Sethu which appeared all set to disappear from the scene after a few days of release suddenly picked up steam and turned into a box office hit.
Nandha The success of his debut film enabled Bala to rope in Suriya for his next film Nandha which explored the link between a hot headed young man who had murdered his father when still a minor and a village headman who tries to nurture him.Balu Mahendra's Wife Mounica accuses Bala
The romantic element in the film came in the form of a Sri Lankan refugee Kalyani Laila who develops a crush on the hero. He, however, is too embroiled in the intrigues involving his mentor to reciprocate her feelings. Nandha too had a bloody climax and ends with the deaf-mute mother poisoning her son Nandha and ending her own life as well.
Visuals in Balu Mahendra's films speaks several emotions, says filmmaker K Vishwanath
Both the films had little of "commercial" elements and even discerning audiences could have found some of the scenes of graphic violence quite revolting. Pithamagan had as its central protagonist a gravedigger who has no interaction with civilization, having been raised in the jungles.
The film narrated a raw, brutal story of friendship and treachery and was suffused with gory scenes of violence and bloodshed. It had disturbing visuals of the brutalization of Shakti Suriya by the villains and showed Chintan Vikram extracting his revenge by slaughtering the landlord responsible for his friend's death in a most macabre fashion.
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Vikram, who had missed out on a National Award for Best Actor for Sethu had a solemn promise from Bala that he would cast him in a role that would definitely net him an award and the director kept his word with Pithamagan. Bala, who has been singularly unfortunate in the matter of getting his first choices for his films, had visualised Simran in the role of a ganja seller and bootlegger but the character was eventually played by Sangeetha.
Naan Kadavul Naan Kadavul had been written keeping Ajith Kumar in mind and Ajith had even given bulk dates to the director.
He had also begun to grow his locks to suit the role but somewhere down the line, he had to be replaced by Arya. Naan Kadavul based on the novel Ezham Ulagam by Jayamohan, who wrote the dialogues for the film, narrated the story of a young boy who flees from oppression and becomes an Aghori sadhu. He later comes back to town and takes on the might of the beggar mafia.
The film was in the making for well over three and a half years as producers flitted in and out but eventually made it to the screens.
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While Veedu focused on the life of a lower middle-class urban woman and her struggle to build a house,   Sandhya Raagam dealt with "old age". Night Shyamalanthen a newcomer, approached Mahendra to be the cinematographer for his directorial debut Praying with Anger to which he refused.
Mahendra made the film as he felt it was close to his personal life. The film was based on the psychological thriller novel Misery by Stephen King. Initially he stated that the film to be an extension of his film Azhiyatha Kolangal. The film was loosely based on his own Malayalam film Yathra released in When asked about the difference between the two films, he said "Yat[h]ra was the love story of two adults, this is the love story of two adolescents.
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The institute offers courses in disciplines such as cinematography, direction and acting. Apart from acting, he also scripted, directed, edited and served as the cinematographer of the film. The film was about the relationship between an ageing man and his grandson.
Mahendran attending the funeral Mahendra was married thrice. He was first married to Akhileshwari with whom he had a son. Following that, Mahendra wrote a series of "sentimental musings" in the Tamil magazine Kumudam under the title Shobavum Naanum lit.
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Among his contemporaries, he admired the works of Ashok Kumar. Mahendra believed a "well-photographed movie is that which is very close to the script". Subrata MitraSatyajit Ray's cinematographer, presented a viewfinder to Mahendra acknowledging his talent. Chandran Natarajan Subramaniam and K.