Balachandra Menon

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Balachandra Menon
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Balachandra Menon
Born (1954-01-11) 11 January 1954 (age 60)[1]
Occupation Film director
actor
scriptwriter
lyricist
film producer
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 19 April.[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 30 July 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
  • 18 April 19 April
  • 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]

Year Film Credited as Role Notes
Actor Director Producer Screenplay Story Dialogue
2013 Kadal Kadannu oru Mathukkutty Green tickY Father Vattathara
2013 Buddy Green tickY Shankaran Namboothiri/Shanku Bhai
2009 Nammal Thammil Green tickY Ramachandran Nair
2009 Utharaswayamvaram Green tickY 'Yamandan' Sreedhara Kurup
2008 College Kumaran Green tickY
2008 De Ingottu Nokkiye Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Joji
2007 Pranayakalam Green tickY Balagopal
2006 Classmates Green tickY Prof. Iyer
2005 December Green tickY Patteri
2005 Rappakal Green tickY Deva Narayanan
2003 Varum Varunnu Vannu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Johny
2003 Saphalam Green tickY Barrister Nambiar
2002 Nammal Green tickY Sathyanadhan
2002 Krishna Gopalakrishna Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Gopalakrishnan Editor, Playback Singer,Composer
2001 Ishtam Green tickY Anjana's Father
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Green tickY
2000 Sathyameva Jayathe Green tickY
1998 Samaantharangal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ismail Editor, Composer
1998 The Truth Green tickY Chief Minister Madhavan
1997 Janathipathyam Green tickY
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Green tickY Pavi
1996 April 19 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1996 Kanden Seethaiyai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Unreleased film
1995 Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman Green tickY Prabhakaran
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1993 Ammayane Sathyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY S. Narayanan
1991 Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1990 Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Vinayachandra Kurup Editor, Composer
1990 Sasneham Green tickY Thomas Kurien
1990 Varthamana Kalam Green tickY Jameskutty
1989 Najangalude Kochu Doctor Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY James Varghese Editor
1989 Kandathum Kettathum Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY P K Krishnankutty
1988 David David Mr. David Green tickY David
1988 Isabella Green tickY Unnikrishna Menon
1988 Janmandharam Green tickY Police Officer
1988 Kudumbapuranam Green tickY Krishnanunni
1987 Oru Maymasappularayil Green tickY
1987 Vilambaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY P. K. Nampoothiri
1987 Achuvettante Veedu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Vipin Editor
1986 Rithubhedam Green tickY Rajan
1986 Vivahitare Itihile Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Appu
1986 Thaiku Oru Thalattu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil film
1985 Menicheppu Thurannappol Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1985 Daivatheyorthu Green tickY Aniyankuttan
1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY S. Nandakumar Playback Singer, Soundtrack Performer
1984 Oru Painkilikatha Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannan
1984 Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Prabhakaran
1984 April 18 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ravikumar
1983 Sesham Kazhchayil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY G K Raja
1983 Prasnam Gurutharam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Balu
1983 Karyam Nissaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Shekhar
1982 Kilukilukkam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Mahendran
1982 Kelkatha Shabdam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Lambodharan Nair
1982 Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Geejo
1982 Chiriyo Chiri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Unni
1981 Thenum Vayambum Green tickY Babu Mathew
1981 Tharattu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1981 Prema Geethangal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1981 Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Gopinathan
1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasantham Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1980 Kalika Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1980 Ishtamanu Pakshe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1980 Aniyatha Valakkal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1979 Radha Enna Pennkutti Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1978 Uthrada Rathri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

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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