Bala (director)

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Bala
Director Bala at Salim Movie Audio Launch.jpg
Bala at Salim Movie Audio Launch.
Born
Balasubramanian Palanisamy[1]

(1966-07-11) 11 July 1966 (age 55)
Alma materMadurai American College
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)
Muthumalar
(m. 2004)
[2]
ChildrenPraarthana

Balasubramanian known as Bala is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, working in Tamil cinema. Often considered to be one of the finest directors in Tamil, Bala is widely acclaimed for "revolutionizing Tamil cinema"[3][4][5] through his realistic, dark and disturbing depiction of the working class on celluloid screen.[6][7]

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 was introduced by lyricist Arivumathi to director Balu Mahendra.[8] Initially he was working as a production assistant in Balu Mahendra movie.[9] Later Bala turned to work with him as assistant director in his movies.[10][11] 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 hesitated 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'.[12][13] The film was said to have initiated a 'new wave'[14] as it received critical acclaim and became a hit. Its success led to remakes in Kannada (Huchcha), Telugu (Seshu) and Hindi (Tere Naam) languages.

personal life[edit]

Bala married to Muthumalar in 2004 and has a daughter named Prarthaana.

Filmography[edit]

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

Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in 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
B – 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 Archived 19 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine
Best Film – Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards

2014 Pisaasu No No Yes
2015 Chandi Veeran No No Yes
2016 Tharai Thappattai Yes Yes No
2018 Naachiyaar Yes Yes Yes [15][16][17]
2020 Varmaa Yes No No
2021 Visithiran No No Yes


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Varmaa controversy: Director Bala says he stepped down after he was asked to make changes to the Dhruv Vikram-starrer". Cinema Express. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  2. ^ "A star-studded wedding". The Hindu. 8 July 2004.[dead link]
  3. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. indiatimes.com (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  4. ^ Naan Kadavul fever begins worldwide!. Sify.com (3 February 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  5. ^ Pyramid Saimira releasing Naan kadavul in USA. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  6. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  7. ^ Bala's change for Soundarya. Behindwoods.com (24 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  8. ^ Saravanan, T. (9 October 2014). "Man of his word". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  9. ^ "To Sir, with love". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  10. ^ Kolappan, B.; Subramanian, Karthik (13 February 2014). "Master craftsman who was also a great teacher". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  11. ^ "5 Filmmaking Tropes of Bala". Film Companion. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  12. ^ The Hindu : About maternal bond. Hinduonnet.com (19 October 2001). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  13. ^ 'You can't compare Bala to anyone else'. Specials.rediff.com (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  14. ^ Exclusive: Bala on Naan Kadavul, God and faith. Specials.rediff.com (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  15. ^ "First look of Jyothika-Bala film". The Times of India. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Naachiyar first look: Suriya unveils Jyothika's never-seen-before avatar, see pics". Indian Express. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Jyothika, G.V. Prakash to star in Bala's next". The Hindu. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.

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