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K Balachander: Tamil cinema loses its most revered mentor; mourning actors pay last tribute

Movies | IBNLive Movies | December 24, 2014, 11:58 am
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 She said his stage plays - 'Neerkumizhi', 'Major Chandrakanth', 'Ethir Neechal', 'Naanal', 'Vinodha Oppandam' - were hugely popular.
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She said his stage plays - 'Neerkumizhi', 'Major Chandrakanth', 'Ethir Neechal', 'Naanal', 'Vinodha Oppandam' - were hugely popular.

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 Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will miss saying a final goodbye to his mentor, veteran filmmaker K Balachander, who will be cremated in Chennai on Wednesday afternoon.
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Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will miss saying a final goodbye to his mentor, veteran filmmaker K Balachander, who will be cremated in Chennai on Wednesday afternoon.

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 With over 100 films to his credit, KB's best films include 'Aval Ora Thodar Kathai', 'Avargal', 'Varumayin Niram Sigappu' and '47 Natkal'.
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With over 100 films to his credit, KB's best films include 'Aval Ora Thodar Kathai', 'Avargal', 'Varumayin Niram Sigappu' and '47 Natkal'.

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 Popularly referred to in the Tamil film industry as 'Iyakunar Sigaram,' Mr. Balachander received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition for excellence in cinema in the country, in 2010.
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Popularly referred to in the Tamil film industry as 'Iyakunar Sigaram,' Mr. Balachander received the Dadasaheb Phalke award, the highest recognition for excellence in cinema in the country, in 2010.

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[caption id="attachment_958756"] He also produced several hit films through his production house Kavithaalaya Productions. [/caption]

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 Many of the celebrities from Tamil cinema took to Twitter to mourn the death of the legendary filmmaker.
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Many of the celebrities from Tamil cinema took to Twitter to mourn the death of the legendary filmmaker.

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"Thank u kb sir for changing my life.. For the moments.. Learning n unlearning . I'm crying out loud in pain.. Will miss u my MAN.. Love uuuu (sic)," said actor Prakash Raaj on his official Twitter account.

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"The film industry loses a legend! K Balachander sir is and will be one of the most inspiring filmmakers that I knw. A legend rests in peace (sic)," said actress Amala on her official Twitter account.

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 Condoling his death, Jayalalithaa in a statement issued in Chennai, said the legendary director also made his mark in Hindi, Telugu and Kannada movies.
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Condoling his death, Jayalalithaa in a statement issued in Chennai, said the legendary director also made his mark in Hindi, Telugu and Kannada movies.

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 Popularly known as KB, K Balachander was instrumental in launching the careers of Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
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Popularly known as KB, K Balachander was instrumental in launching the careers of Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

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 'KB sir was not just my guru. He was my father as well. He also never saw me as an actor and treated me like his own son. He was like a god in human form and I feel lost in his absence,' Rajinikanth said in his statement.
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'KB sir was not just my guru. He was my father as well. He also never saw me as an actor and treated me like his own son. He was like a god in human form and I feel lost in his absence,' Rajinikanth said in his statement.

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 Balachander launched Rajinikanth in 1975 in a critically acclaimed Tamil film 'Apoorva Raagangal', which revolved around a youth falling in love with a woman many years elder to him.
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Balachander launched Rajinikanth in 1975 in a critically acclaimed Tamil film 'Apoorva Raagangal', which revolved around a youth falling in love with a woman many years elder to him.

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 The filmmaker will be cremated today. His body was kept at his residence in Chennai for legions of his fans to pay their homage.
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The filmmaker will be cremated today. His body was kept at his residence in Chennai for legions of his fans to pay their homage.

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 He directed over 100 films and is revered for being a talent-spotter both among artistes and technicians.
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He directed over 100 films and is revered for being a talent-spotter both among artistes and technicians.

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 One of the greats from the south Indian film industry, who transitioned from the black-and-white cinema era to the present, K Balachander's most prolific years were in the three decades from 1960s to the 1980s.
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One of the greats from the south Indian film industry, who transitioned from the black-and-white cinema era to the present, K Balachander's most prolific years were in the three decades from 1960s to the 1980s.

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[caption id="attachment_958767"] The acclaimed director's son Kailasam had passed away in August, earlier this year. [/caption]

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"Dismayed at the demise of one of the most loving and legendary Directors of Indian Cinema," said actor R Madhavan on his official Twitter account.

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 K Balachander, 84, died at a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday, following prolonged illness and age-related ailments.
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K Balachander, 84, died at a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday, following prolonged illness and age-related ailments.

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 AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa said that K Balachander made women-centric movies and would dwell on problems faced by them.
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AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa said that K Balachander made women-centric movies and would dwell on problems faced by them.

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 Jayalaltihaa said Balachander's death was a great loss to the movie world and the void created by his demise cannot be filled by anybody else.
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Jayalaltihaa said Balachander's death was a great loss to the movie world and the void created by his demise cannot be filled by anybody else.

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 Kamal, who was busy with the post-production work of his Tamil film 'Uttama Villain' in Los Angeles, boarded his flight from California earlier in the day. Hence, he won't be able to pay his homage to the auteur.
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Kamal, who was busy with the post-production work of his Tamil film 'Uttama Villain' in Los Angeles, boarded his flight from California earlier in the day. Hence, he won't be able to pay his homage to the auteur.

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