Bala (director)

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Bala
Bala Paradesi Shoot.jpg
Born
Bala Subramanian

1966 (age 51–52)
Narayanathevanpatti, Uthamapalayam, Theni, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)
Muthumalar (m. 2004)
[1]
ChildrenPrarthana

Bala (born Bala Subramanian) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, working in Tamil cinema. Bala is widely acclaimed for "revolutionizing Tamil cinema"[2][3][4] through his realistic, dark and disturbing depiction of the working class on celluloid screen.[5][6]

Just within directing a handful of films, his movies went on to win 6 National Awards, 13 State awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, 14 International Festival Awards and numerous coveted state awards which created a storm within the Indian movie scene. Apart from the awards, actors who played lead roles were transformed into brand new avatars and became stars.

Film career[edit]

Bala made his directorial debut with Sethu in 1999, that gave a break to Vikram, the film's lead actor, who was also struggling in the Tamil film industry for almost a decade without a hit and recognition. More than 60 distributors saw the film and hesistated to screen it because of its tragic ending. The film was released on a low profile without any advertisement but after the first days the film started running to packed houses just through 'word of mouth'.[7][8] The film was said to have initiated a 'new wave'[9] as it received critical acclaim and became a hit. Its success led to remakes in Kannada (Huchcha), Telugu (Seshu) and Hindi (Tere Naam) languages.

Quotes[edit]

Bala is unique in many ways. The way he changed Tamil cinema's character was commendable ... There were many who tried for a change. Among the new generation of filmmakers, Bala leads the pack in bringing a change in Tamil cinema's outlook and approach."|source=—Malayalam film-maker Shaji N. Karun who headed the jury of the 56th National Film Awards[10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Awards/Nominations
Director Writer Producer
1999 Sethu Yes Yes No

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil

2001 Nandha Yes Yes No

Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
22nd Cinema Express Award for Best Director– Tamil

2003 Pithamagan Yes Yes No

ITFA Best Director Award
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil

2005 Maayavi No No Yes
2009 Naan Kadavul Yes Yes No

National Film Award for Best Direction
Vijay Award for Best Director
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil

2011 Avan Ivan Yes Yes No
2013 Paradesi Yes Yes Yes

South Indian Cinematographers Association (SICA) Awards - Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Director
Best Director - 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards
Best Director - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
Best Director - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Special Jury Award - 11th Chennai International Film Festival
Best Film - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Best Film (Special Appreciation) - 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards
Best Film - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards

2014 Pisaasu No No Yes
2015 Chandi Veeran No No Yes
2016 Tharai Thappattai Yes Yes Yes
2018 Naachiyaar Yes Yes Yes [11][12][13]
TBA Varma Yes No No Filming[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hindu : A star-studded wedding". www.thehindu.com.
  2. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. indiatimes.com (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  3. ^ Naan Kadavul fever begins worldwide!. Sify.com (3 February 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  4. ^ Pyramid Saimira releasing Naan kadavul in USA. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  5. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  6. ^ Bala's change for Soundarya. Behindwoods.com (24 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  7. ^ The Hindu : About maternal bond. Hinduonnet.com (19 October 2001). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  8. ^ 'You can't compare Bala to anyone else'. Specials.rediff.com (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  9. ^ Exclusive: Bala on Naan Kadavul, God and faith. Specials.rediff.com (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  10. ^ Vilakudy, Rajaneesh (28 January 2010). "I never expected a film like Naan Kadavul from Tamil". Rediff.com. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  11. ^ "First look of Jyothika-Bala film". The Times of India. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Naachiyar first look: Suriya unveils Jyothika's never-seen-before avatar, see pics". Indian Express. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Jyothika, G.V. Prakash to star in Bala's next". The Hindu. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  14. ^ Pudipeddi, Haricharan (3 March 2018). "Varma, Arjun Reddy Tamil remake, starts rolling". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 31 March 2018.

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