South Indian filmmaker Kailasam Balachander died on 23 December 2014 following a heart attack. He was 84.
• Born in Thanjavur in 1930, Balachander developed an interest for films when he was just nine years old.
• Though he took up a government job at Accountant General's Office, he continued his experiments in theatre and wrote dialogues for film Deivathai in 1965.
• Balachander debuted with his Tamil film Neerkumizhi in 1965. He has directed films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi and has produced more than 100 films.
• It was in his film Apoorva Ragangal, Balachander shaped superstar Rajinikanth out of a Bangalore bus conductor Shivaji Rao Gaekwad.
• His films like Bama Vijayam, Sindhubhairavi, Varumayin Niram Sivappu and Thanneer Thanneer are some of notable films in the history of Tamil cinema.
• He was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1987and is a recipient of the ANR National Award and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema in 2010.
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