List of awards and nominations received by K. Balachander

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K. Balachander is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. He is well known for his distinct film-making style often dealing with interpersonal relationships and themes of social relevance.

Starting his career as a playwright, he made his cinematic debut as a dialog writer for Dheiva Thaai in 1964.[1] The following year he made his directional debut through Neer Kumizhi a film based on his own play. He secured his first National Film Award for Iru Kodugal, a family drama film released in 1969. His 1975 film Apoorva Raagangal won the award for the Best Feature Film in Tamil. The 1981 Tamil film Thanneer Thanneer that dealt with social issues such as water scarcity and political corruption fetched him the National Film Award for Best Screenplay and the Best Regional Film award.[1] He started his own production house in 1981 and named it Kavithalayaa Productions which produced several of his award winning films like Achamillai Achamillai and Sindhu Bhairavi. He also made forays into Telugu cinema, Hindi cinema and Kannada cinema.[1] His Maro Charitra and its Hindi remake Ek Duuje Ke Liye were huge box-office success and received critical acclaim.[1] For Ek Duuje Ke Liye he received three Filmfare nominationsBest Story, Best Screenplay and Best Director—eventually winning the award for the Best Screenplay. The film was highly responsible in catapulting Balachander to national acclaim.[1] Rudraveena fetched him the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in 1988. Four years later Roja, a Kavithaalaya production won the same award.

As of 2013, Balachander has directed over 80 films and has worked in more than 100 films either as director or a screenwriter. In 1987 he was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour. He has won nine National Film Awards and multiple Filmfare Awards. Balachander is also a recipient of various state awards like the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and the Nandi Awards, instituted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In 2010 the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed upon him for his contributions to Indian cinema; he was the second personality and the first director from Tamil cinema to receive the award.[1][2] The following year he was awarded with the ANR National Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Civilian honors[edit]

Year Award Honouring body Outcome Ref
1987 Padmashri Government of India Won [3]

National Film Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Outcome Ref
1969 Iru Kodugal Best Tamil Film Won [4]
1975 Apoorva Raagangal Won [5]
1981 Thaneer Thaneer Won [6]
Best Screenplay Won [6]
1984 Achamillai Achamillai Best Tamil Film Won [7]
1988 Rudraveena Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration Won [8]
1991 Oru Veedu Iru Vaasal National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues Won [9]
1992 Roja Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration Won [10]
2011 Dadasaheb Phalke Award Won .[11]

Filmfare Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Outcome Ref
1981 Ek Duje Ke Liye Best Screenplay Won [12]
Best Director Nominated
Best Story Nominated

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Year Film Language Category Outcome Ref
1974 Aval Oru Thodar Kathai Tamil Best Tamil Director Won [13]
1975 Apoorva Raagangal Won [13]
1978 Maro Charitra Telugu Best Telugu Director Won [14]
1980 Varumayin Niram Sivappu Tamil Best Director Won [15]
1981 Thaneer Thaneer Won [15]
1984 Achamillai Achamillai Best Film Won [15]
Best Director Won [15]
1985 Sindhu Bhairavi Best Film Won [15]
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Best Director Won [16]
1992 Roja Best Film Won [16]
1992 Vaaname Ellai Best Director Won [16]
1994 Lifetime Achievement Award Won [16]

Government of Tamil Nadu[edit]

Year Award Honouring body Outcome Ref
1973 Kalaimamani Government of Tamil Nadu Won [17]
1992 Arignar Anna Award Won [17][18]

Honorary doctorate[edit]

Year Honour Honouring body Outcome Ref
2005 Doctor of Letters Sathyabama University Won [17]
2005 Alagappa University Won [17]
2007 Madras University Won [17]

Tamil Nadu State Film Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Outcome Ref
1968 Ethir Neechal, Thamarai Nenjam Dialogue Writer Won [19]
1978 Thappu Thalangal Won [19]
1980 Varumayin Niram Sivappu Best Director Won [20]
1982 Agni Sakshi Best Film (Second prize) Won [21]
1989 Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Best Director Won [20]
Best Film (Second prize) Won [21]
1992 Vaaname Ellai Story Writer Won [20]
Special Prize (Best Film) Won [22]
1992 Roja Best Film (First prize) Won [21]
1993 Jaathi Malli Won [21]

Nandi Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Outcome Ref
1976 Anthuleni Katha Best Feature Film (Third prize) Won
1981 Tholikodi Koosindi Best Feature Film (Second prize) Won
Best Director Won
1982 Kokilamma Best Screenplay Won [17]

Santhome Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Outcome Ref
1988 Manathil Uruthi Vendum Best Film Won [23]

ANR National Award[edit]

Year Recipient Outcome Ref
2010 K. Balachander Won [24]

Cine Technicians Association Awards[edit]

Year Film Award Category Outcome Ref
1983  –  – Best Technician Won [17]
1988 Rudraveena MGR Award Best Director Won [25]

Other awards[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Swarup, Harihar (8 May 2011). "KB Sir: Govt job to Phalke award". The Tribune. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Director K Balachander selected for Dadasaheb Phalke award". The Times of India. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "ANR National award for K Balachander". Sify. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "23rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "29th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "32nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "36th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "38th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "40th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  11. ^ K Balachander gets Phalke award, rediff.com 29 April 2011 17:23 IST
  12. ^ "Filmfare Award - 1981". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  13. ^ a b The Times of India directory and year book including who's who, p 234
  14. ^ Times of India (Firm) (1983). The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett, Coleman. p. 305. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c d e Collections, p 394
  16. ^ a b c d "Awards". Kavithalayaa.com. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "K. Balachander" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  18. ^ Anandan, p 1–10
  19. ^ a b Anandan, p 7–19
  20. ^ a b c Anandan, p 7–17
  21. ^ a b c d Anandan, p 7–18
  22. ^ Anandan, p 7–16
  23. ^ Anandan, p 12–2
  24. ^ "ANR award for filmmaker K. Balachander". The Hindu. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  25. ^ Anandan, p 12

References[edit]

  • Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991. 
  • The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. Times of India Press. 1984. 
  • Film News, Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru (Tamil Film History and Its Achievements). Sivagami Publications. p. 738. 
  • "Dr.K. Balachander's Profile". Archived from the original on 28 December 2010.