Balakrishna (Kannada actor)
|T. N. Balakrishna|
2 November 1913|
Mysore State, British India
|Died||19 July 1995
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
|Other names||Balanna, Hasya Brahma,|
Balakrishna (2 November, 1913 – 19 July, 1995) was an Indian actor in the Kannada film industry, known for both comedy and drama roles. He acted in movies such as Bangarada Manushya, and many others. He had a hearing problem and some say that he was totally deaf. However, he was very talented and would catch the lip movements of the artists and would narrate the dialogues spontaneously. He was popular for his comic and villain roles in films like Bangaarada Manushya, Gandhada Gudi, Muriyada Mane and Kamanabillu. Rajkumar and he have acted together in more than 100 films. Though he had acted in many movies, he was ill and penniless towards end of his life.
Balakrishna was born into a poor family on 2 November 1913 in Arasikere in the Hassan district of Karnataka. When he was four years old, his mother sold him to a couple for just 8 in order to provide treatment for her ailing husband. He ran away from his adopted parents after having been treated badly.
Balakrishna joined a drama company as a painter of banners. Later he became a ticket collector in a drama company for a meagre salary. One day, when a drama artiste fell ill and did not turn up, he was given his role. Noted director B. R. Panthulu happened to visit the drama company, saw his acting on stage and offered him a movie role. This was how his career as an actor began. Balakrishna appeared in over a hundred Kannada films playing comic roles mostly, that starred Rajkumar in lead roles.
In order to make the Kannada film industry self-reliant and save money for the producers, he started the studio, investing all his money and property. He built the Abhiman studio in Kengeri, Bangalore in a 20-acre plot in 1963, but faced difficulties initially.
When no Kannada films were being made, he got together with other actors like Rajkumar and G. V. Iyer and produced the film Ranadheera Kanteerava. He even raised money from the public at ₨.100 per person to build the studio. The studio was a failure, and Balanna died in penury. Television serials are still being shot at the studio today which is being looked after by Balakrishna's son, B. Ganesh.
|1973||Gandhada Gudi||Venkatappa Naika|
|1975||Daari Tappida Maga|
|1987||Ondu Muttina Kathe|
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