Veteran film-maker Balu Mahendra passed away early this week who was admitted to the hospital with a chest pain complain.
The man made his entry in the Tamil film industry with 'Azhiyatha Kolangal' which released during the year 1979 . Balu Mahendra movies carved a niche for itself - thanks to the unique style of 'Direction' or rather one could say 'Balu Sir's Cinematography'. His 'Moondram Pirai' starring Ulaganayagan Kamal Hassan and Sridevi won him his National Award for the direction par excellence. This movie also gave the actor his first National Award. One could say - Balu Mahendra sure knew how to make his actors 'act'.
With his subjects deviating from the commercial mainstream cinema, his unique style had its own followers. The man who was technically sound with all the aspects involved in film making has worked even as a cameraman, to a cinematographer to an assistant too! His 'high' in the industry was surely achieved step by step.
Soon after 'Moondram Pirai's release in 1982, he gave another wonderful movie to the audience with 'Sadma' which released in 1983. Thinking of Balu Mahendra's contribution, one cannot also forget hits from the movies he has directed. " Nalam Vazha' inS.P.Balasubramaniam's voice is a beautiful number from the movie 'Marupadiyum'. Other heart- melting songs from Yesudas for Balu mahendra movies include 'Raja Raja Chozhan', ;En Iniya Pon' , 'Poongatru'. 'Kanne Kalai Maanae' is ofcourse one song which we cannot afford to miss while talking about Balu Sir.
The man whose contributions is as huge as the ocean, the man who has shaped the films in Tamil industry, the man who brought in newer ideas in Tamil Cinema - May his soul rest in peace.