Balachandra Menon

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Balachandra Menon
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Balachandra Menon
Born (1954-01-11) January 11, 1954 (age 60)[1]
Occupation Film director
actor
scriptwriter
lyricist
film producer
Lawyer
Spouse(s) Varada Menon (1982)
Children Akhil Menon
Bhavana Menon
Parents Shivashankara Pillai
Lalitha Devi
Website
balachandramenon.com

Balachandra Menon is an Indian film actor, director, script writer, lyricist, and producer who works in Malayalam cinema.[2] He made a number of popular films in the 1980s and 1990s.[3] He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Ismail in the 1998 film Samaantharangal, which was also directed by him.[4]

Along with Fazil and Padmarajan, Menon has introduced new actors into the Malayalam film industry. Actors who made their debut in his films include Shobhana in April 18, Parvathy in Vivahithare Ithile Ithile, Maniyan Pillai Raju in Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai, Karthika in Manicheppu Thurannappol, Annie in Ammayane Sathyam, and Kausalya aka Nandini in April 19.[5]

Many of his films explore the theme of uncommon relationships between common people. His box office hits in the early 1980s included Chiriyo Chiri, Kaaryam Nissaram and Prasnam Gurutharam.

Personal life[edit]

Balachandra Menon was born in Ambalappuzha in 1954 to Shivashankara Pillai and Lalitha Devi. By virtue of his father being a railway station master, he served at Edava railway station and Menon had his formative years of childhood and adolescence life in this village. He studied at Edava Muslim High School and has narrated nostalgically about his memories about his life in this village in his autobiography Ammayaane Sathyam. He is an alumnus of University College Trivandrum and Fatima Mata National College.[6] Sisters: Sushma and Prema. Wife: Varada Menon. Children: Akhil Menon and Bhavana Menon.[7] Menon enrolled as a lawyer on July 30, 2012, 22 years after completing his degree.[8]

During his early days in Madras, he worked in Nana film weekly as a correspondent. He has completed a diploma in journalism from Trivandrum Press Club

Literary works[edit]

  • Achuvettante Veedu
  • Mugam Abhimugam
  • Samantharangal
  • April 18, April 19
  • Ninnay Enthinu Kollaam ?
  • Kaanatha Sulthanu Snehapoorvam
  • Ammayanay Sathyam
  • Ariyathathu, Ariyendathu[9]
  • Balachandramenonte 12 cherukathakal[10]
  • His book Ithirineram Othirikaryam recently released by veteran actor Madhu by handing over a copy to lyricist Sreekumaran Thampi.[11][12]

Awards[edit]

Civilian Awards:

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards South:

Filmography[edit]

No: Year Film Character Co-Stars Director Areas Of Contribution
65 2013 Kadal Kadannu oru Mathukkutty Father Vattathara Ranjith
64 2013 Buddy Shankaran Namboothiri/Shanku Bhai Raaj Prabhavathy Menon
63 2009 Nammal Thammil Ramachandran Nair Viji Thampi
62 2009 Utharaswayamvaram 'Yamandan' Sreedhara Kurup Remakanth Sarjju
61 2008 College Kumaran Thulasidas
60 2008 De Ingottu Nokkiye Joji Himself Story, Screenplay,Dialog
59 2007 Pranayakalam Balagopal Uday Ananthan
58 2006 Classmates Prof. Iyer Lal Jose
57 2005 December Patteri Manoj K. Jayan Ashok R Nath
56 2005 Rappakal Deva Narayanan Kamal
55 2003 Varum Varunnu Vannu Johny KR Ramdas Story, Screenplay, Dialog
54 2003 Saphalam Barrister Nambiar Ashok R Nath
53 2002 Nammal Sathyanadhan Kamal
52 2002 Krishna Gopalakrishna Gopalakrishnan Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog, Producer, Editor, Playback Singer,Composer
51 2000 Ishtam Anjana's Father Sibi Malayil
50 2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Rafi Mecartin
49 2000 Satyameva Jayate Viji Thampi
48 1999 Akele Ladki
47 1998 Samaantharangal Ismail Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog, Producer, Editor, Composer
46 1997 Janathipathyam K. Madhu
45 1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Pavi Kamal
44 1996 April 19 Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
43 1995 Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman Prabhakaran Viji Thampi
42 1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
41 1993 Ammayane Sathyam S. Narayanan Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
40 1991 Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
39 1990 Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom Vinayachandra Kurup Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog, Editor, Composer
38 1990 Sasneham Thomas Kurien Sathyan Anthikad
37 1990 Varthamanakalam Jameskutty I. V. Sasi
36 1989 Njangalude Kochu Doctor James Varghese Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog, Editor
35 1989 Kandathum Kettathum P K Krishnankutty Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
34 1988 David David Mr.David David Viji Thampi
33 1988 Isabella Unnikrishna Menon Mohan
32 1988 Janmandaram Police Officer Thampi Kannanthanam
31 1988 Kudumbapuranam Krishnanunni Sathyan Anthikad
30 1987 Oru Maymasappularayil V R Gopinath
29 1987 Vilambaram P. K. Nampoothiri Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
28 1987 Achuvettante Veedu Vipin Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog, Editor
27 1986 Rithubhedam Rajan Prathap Pothan
26 1986 Vivahitare Itihile Appu Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog, Producer
25 1986 Thaiku Oru Thalattu Himself
24 1985 Menicheppu Thurannappol Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
23 1985 Parvathi Himself
22 1985 Daivatheyorthu Aniyankuttan Gopi
21 1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki S. Nandakumar Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog, Producer, Playback Singer, Soundtrack Performer
20 1984 Oru Painkilikatha Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
19 1984 Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Prabhakaran Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
18 1984 April 18 Ravikumar Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
17 1983 Sesham Kazhchayil G K Raja Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
16 1983 Prasnam Gurutharam Balu Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
15 1983 Karyam Nissaram Shekhar Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
14 1982 Kilukilukkam Mahendran Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
13 1982 Kelkatha Shabdam Lambodharan Nair Himself Screenplay, Dialogue
12 1982 Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam Geejo Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
11 1982 Chiriyo Chiri Unni Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
10 1981 Thenum Vayambum Babu Mathew Ashok Kumar
9 1981 Tharattu Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
8 1981 Prema Geethangal - Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
7 1981 Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai Gopinathan Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
6 1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasantham - Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
5 1980 Kalika - Himself Screenplay, Dialog
4 1980 Ishtamanu Pakshe - Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
3 1980 Aniyatha Valakkal - Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
2 1979 Radha Enna Pennkutti Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog
1 1978 Uthrada Rathri Madhu, Gopi Himself Story, Screenplay, Dialog

As a Singer[edit]

  • Aanakoduthaalum ... Oru Painkilikkadha (1984)
  • Kochu Chakkarachi Pettu ... Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki (1985)
  • Kaattinum Thaalam ... Njangalude Kochu Doctor (1989)
  • Choodulla kaattil ... Krishnaa Gopaalakrishnaa (2002)

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