|Born||5 August 1934|
|Died||2 May 2009
(aged 74) |
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Cause of death
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation||Film actor, producer|
|Known for||Billa (1980) - Producer|
|Spouse(s)||Anandavally (died in 1995)|
Balaji was born in a prominent Tamil Brahmin (Iyengar) family and was the grandson of a very prominent colonial era advocate T. Rangachari. He wandered into films after developing a taste for acting by performing the odd school play and amateur theatre shows.
His quest for a space in showbiz led Balaji to the office of S. S. Vasan, then owner of Gemini Studios in 1951. Vasan was not very keen to work with a newcomer but gave him a minor role in Avvaiyar, in which he played Hindu god Muruga.
Slowly he managed to land meatier roles and was featured as a male lead in a few films.
Even as the career was taking shape, he was hired as a manager in Narasu Studios in the southwest suburbs.
In that capacity, he discovered his true calling in the 1960s after coming into contact with top Hindi actors such as Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar and Tamil stars Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan and actress Savithri, who advised him to remake Hindi hits into Tamil with leading actors.
Since the 1960s, all the top Hindi blockbusters such as Dushman (1971) starring Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan's Deewar (1975) and Namak Haraam (1973) were remade in Tamil by Balaji, who always used top stars as his male leads like late Sivaji Ganeshan and thespians Rajnikanth and Kamal Hasan. He founded Sujatha Cine Arts in 1966. He was also the founder of Sujatha Recording Studio, where sound recordings for most of the big-budget movies of the 1980s and '90s were done.
He had three children — Suresh Balaje, Sujatha and Suchitra Mohanlal. Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is his son-in-law. His wife Anandavally died in 1995. He was also the grandfather of Pranav Mohanlal and Sooraj Balaji. Famous comedian Y.G Mahendra is his nephew through his sister Mrs. Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy
Balaji died on 2 May 2009 evening due to multiple organ and renal failure. He had been hospitalised for over a month.
|Manavia Manithanin Manikam|
|Padithal Mattum Pothuma|
|1979||Amar Deep||Hindi film|
|1964||School Master||Murali||Malayalam film|
|1964||Atom Bomb||Kochuraghavan Pillai||Malayalam film|
|1967||Iruttinte Athmavu||Chandran||Malayalam film|
|1967||Adhey Kangal||doctor||Tamil film|
|1975||Swamy Ayyappan||Malayalam film|
|1979||Surakshaa||Doctor Shiva||Hindi film|
|1979||Amar Deep||Guest Appearance||Hindi film|
|1983||Sneha Bandham||Malayalam film|
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