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|Born||11 January 1954|
|Occupation||Film director, actor, scriptwriter, author, film journalist, lawyer, film producer, distributor, editor, singer, composer|
|Spouse(s)||Varada Menon (1982)|
|Children||Akhil Vinayak Menon
Balachandra Menon is an Indian film actor, director, script writer, distributor, editor, composer, singer and producer who works in Malayalam cinema. He made a number of popular films in the 1980s and 1990s. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Ismail in the 1998 film Samaantharangal, which was also directed by him.
Along with Fazil and Padmarajan, Menon has introduced new actors into the Malayalam film industry. Actors who made their debut in his films include Shobhana in April 18, Parvathy in Vivahithare Ithile Ithile, Maniyan Pillai Raju in Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai, Karthika in Manicheppu Thurannappol, Annie in Ammayane Sathyam, and Nandini in April 19.
Many of his films explore the theme of uncommon relationships between common people. His box office hits in the early 1980s included Chiriyo Chiri, Kaaryam Nissaram and Prasnam Gurutharam.
Balachandra Menon was born in Ambalappuzha in 1954 to Shivashankara Pillai and Lalitha Devi. By virtue of his father being a railway station master, he served at Edava railway station and Menon had his formative years of childhood and adolescence life in this village. He studied at Edava Muslim High School and has narrated nostalgically about his memories about his life in this village in his autobiography Ammayaane Sathyam. He is an alumnus of University College Trivandrum and Fatima Mata National College. Sisters: Sushma and Prema. Wife: Varada Menon. Children: Akhil Menon. Menon enrolled as a lawyer on 29 July 2012, 22 years after completing his degree.
During his early days in Madras, he worked in Nana film weekly as a correspondent. He has completed a diploma in journalism from Trivandrum Press Club
- Achuvettante Veedu
- Mugam Abhimugam
- 18 April 19 April
- Ninnay Enthinu Kollaam ?
- Kaanatha Sulthanu Snehapoorvam
- Ammayanay Sathyam
- Ariyathathu, Ariyendathu
- Balachandramenonte 12 cherukathakal
- His book Ithirineram Othirikaryam recently released by veteran actor Madhu by handing over a copy to lyricist Sreekumaran Thampi.
|2015||Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum||Krishna Das|
|2013||Kadal Kadannu oru Mathukkutty||Father Vattathara|
|2013||Buddy||Shankaran Namboothiri/Shanku Bhai|
|2009||Nammal Thammil||Ramachandran Nair|
|2009||Utharaswayamvaram||'Yamandan' Sreedhara Kurup|
|2008||De Ingottu Nokkiye||Joji|
|2003||Varum Varunnu Vannu||Johny|
|2002||Krishna Gopalakrishna||Gopalakrishnan||Editor, Playback Singer,Composer|
|2000||Sathyam Sivam Sundaram||K.S.K Nambiar|
|1998||The Truth||Chief Minister Madhavan|
|1997||Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu||Pavi|
|1996||Kanden Seethaiyai||Unreleased film|
|1995||Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman||Prabhakaran|
|1993||Ammayane Sathyam||S. Narayanan|
|1990||Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom||Vinayachandra Kurup||Editor, Composer|
|1989||Najangalude Kochu Doctor||James Varghese||Editor|
|1989||Kandathum Kettathum||P K Krishnankutty|
|1988||David David Mr. David||David|
|1987||Vilambaram||P. K. Nampoothiri|
|1986||Thaiku Oru Thalattu||Tamil film|
|1985||Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki||S. Nandakumar||Playback Singer, Soundtrack Performer|
|1984||Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla||Prabhakaran|
|1983||Sesham Kazhchayil||G K Raja|
|1982||Kelkatha Shabdam||Lambodharan Nair|
|1982||Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam||Geejo|
|1981||Thenum Vayambum||Babu Mathew|
|1981||Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla||Gopinathan|
|1980||Vaiki Vanna Vasantham|
|1979||Radha Enna Pennkutti|
As a singer
- Aanakoduthaalum ... Oru Painkilikkadha (1984)
- Kochu Chakkarachi Pettu ... Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki (1985)
- Kaattinum Thaalam ... Njangalude Kochu Doctor (1989)
- Choodulla kaattil ... Krishnaa Gopaalakrishnaa (2002)
- "Balachandra Menon – Who am I?". Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- "CiniDiary". CiniDiary. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- "Actor Balachandra Menon enrolled as lawyer". Chennai, India: www.thehindu.com. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "Ace director, master storyteller". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 7 July 2012.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- Balachandra Menon at MSI
- Balachandra Menon at the Internet Movie Database
- Balachandra Menon Official website