K. Balachander is was and will always be one of the greatest directors of Tamil Cinema. He has given us some path-breaking movies and given us some wonderful actors and actresses. As the legendary director celebrates his birthday anniversary today let’s look at some interesting facts about him.
1. His first ever Tamil film working experience was as a writer for the movie Dheiva Thaai. He was initially very hesitant to write for the film but did so on MGR’s insistence.
2. His first film as a director was the movie NeerKumizhi. Nagesh who was a prominent comedian until then was cast as the hero.
3. He won the Dadashaheb Palkhe Award in the year 2011.
4. His first National Award was for the film Iru Kodugal which won the National Award for Best Tamil film. The film had Gemini Ganesan as the hero.
5. He was awarded the Padmashri in 1987.
6. He has directed more than 80 films and worked in more than 100 films.
7. He has won 9 National Awards and 13 Filmfare awards.
8. His first Hindi film was the movie Aaina starring Mumtaz and Rajesh Khanna. It was a remake of Arangetram.
9. Superstar Rajnikanth made his debut as a supporting actor in K. Balachander’s Apoorva Ragangal. Kamal was the lead actor.
10. He had his own production house named Kavithalaya productions.