NEW DELHI (Bernama) – Indian cinema is mourning the death of legendary director K Balachander who passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
Balachander, 84, who was popularly referred to as ‘Iyakkunar Sigaram’ (director who scaled the peak), was admitted last Monday to Cauvery Hospital in Chennai due to a urinary infection and other age-related ailments, Indian media reported.
Balachander, who was also a screenwriter and producer, worked mainly in the Tamil film industry and introduced many talents including world renowned actors Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.
Many took to social media to express their grievance over the director’s demise and appreciation for his contributions to the film industry.
“Dear KB sir, your vision and creations have inspired three generations. Really grateful for introducing me through your co Kavithalaya in Roja RIP,” Grammy and Academy Award winning musician AR Rahman tweeted.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu tweeted that he is deeply saddened by the passing of the director.
“His distinct film making style and hard hitting themes amused one and all,” he said.
Balachander’s films are well known for its portrayal of women as bold personalities and central characters.
“From the point of view of Indian history, perhaps historians will remember K. Balachander for his North-South love story, Ek Duje Ke Liye (We are made for each other),” Hindustan Times columnist Madhavan Narayanan tweeted.
Balachander joined the film industry in 1965.
He contributed to nearly 100 feature films as a screenwriter or director in a career spanning over five decades and was one of the most prolific film-maker in the country.