Bala's 'Paradesi' has opened to an overwhelming response from the audience. The film may just turn out to be another cult film by the director who is noted for his excellent cinematic frames and has received National Award for his film 'Naan Kadavu' in the past. Here is a journey of Bala's film career.
Bala's 'Paradesi' is rich in content and possesses a free flowing exuberance. The director roped in 200 junior artistes for various roles in the film. The film also stars Adharva, Vedhika, Dhansika in lead roles.
Bala's first fetaure film 'Sethu' (1999)portrayed Vikram as an indomitable rugged character. He played the role of a college boy. Bala was critically acclaimed for the strong script.
In the film 'Pithamagan' Chitran (Vikram) who is an orphan and is devoid of human contact in his life, lives completely on his animal instincts and works as care taker at a graveyard.
The film is hard hitting and actor Arya had portrayed the character in the most realistic way.
Bala's journey as a director has been phenomenal. The director has over and over again showed his excellent film making techiques. His passion and dedication for cinema reflects in his work. Bala surely is one director to watch out for.
The film 'Paradesi' revolves around the plight of tea plantation workers during the pre-independence India. The film is inspired from a novel called 'Red Tea' by Paul Harris Daniel. Bala has added an ancient sophistication to the film.
The film 'Pithamagan' (2003)featured Vikram, Suriya and Laila in lead roles. Bala and Vikram once again worked in the film together.
Bala has a knack of exploiting various possiblities of a story while adapting a fiction. The director works hard with his actors and masters the art of making his actors look apt as the characters.
The film got the audience thinking of the harsh realities that an innocent lad has to face. The battle of the protoganist with society to get back his rights was lauded by the audience.
'Nandha' (2001) starring Suriya and Laila is a tale of a young boy from a juevnile jail and his struggle with the society. Bala once again managed to establish a differnt plot. Bala rose to fame with his second film which did well commercially. Bala established himself as one of the best directors in Southern films.
Bala penned a unique screenplay for the film. The actors looked the character. The music was excellent and was popular among the audience.
Vikram's character had autism spectrum disorders in the film. The film won Vikram Film Fare awards in the category of 'Best Actor', the film also got awards in 'Best Film', and 'Best Supporting actor' for Suriya Sivakumar.
The camera work was laconic, dialogues were spare yet the film had a unique character to itself. Vikram looked apt as his character. Bala worked hard for this film and was successful as the film was a hit at box office.
The film portrayed powerful performances by the actors.
Tamil film 'Naan Kadavul'(2009) is noted as the one of the best works by Bala. The film received National Award in the Best film category.
The film revolves around the story of a boy who is left by his family for some years in Kasi owing to astrological reasons. The boy's father returns to Kasi after a few years to take back his son but is shocked when he learns that the boy has become an 'Aghori', a character who is wanting to attain moksha.
The cinematography of the film created a larger than life character on screen. The actor however, did not lose color on screen. Bala's unique methods of film making are a treat to watch.
The film was highly creative and the screenplay was gripping. Bala was able to create sheer magic on screen.
The film 'Avan Ivan' (2011)is a comedy drama penned by Bala. The story revolves around two brothers who constantly try to be better than each other. Both of them are pickpockets. The film deals with various incidents that alter the lives of the two brothers.
The film 'Avan Ivan' is dramatic in terms of makeup and costumes. Bala's sense of film making once again marked the essemce of the film.