|Born||11 January 1954|
|Years active||1978 – present|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
Varada B. Menon
|Parent(s)||Sivasankara Pillai, Lalitha Devi|
Balachandra Menon (Malayalam: ബാലചന്ദ്ര മേനോൻ) (born 11 January 1954) is an Indian actor, director and script writer. He made a number of films in the 1980s and 1990s. He has directed 40 films and has acted in over 100. He won two National Film Awards including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as station master Ismail the 1998 film Samaantharangal, which was also directed by him. He has also worked as a distributor, editor, composer, singer and producer in the Malayalam film industry. He has found space in the Limca Book of Records for the maximum number of films directed, scripted and acted in.
Menon has introduced many actors into the Malayalam Cinema Industry. Actors who made their debut in his films include Shobana in April 18, Parvathy in Vivahithare Ithile, Maniyanpilla Raju in Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla, Karthika in Manicheppu Thurannappol, Annie in Ammayane Sathyam, and Nandini in April 19.
Balachandra Menon was born in Kollam 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, Fatima Mata National College, Kollam and Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. Sisters: Sushma and Prema. Wife: Varada B. Menon. Children: Akhil Vinayak Menon, Bhavana B. Menon. Menon enrolled as a lawyer on 29 July 2012, 22 years after completing his degree. In 1997, he won the Karshakashree Award for farming from the Government of Kerala.
- 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.
- 2018 - Limca Book of Records - Filmmaker who is credited as actor, director and writer in the most number of feature films
|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||Album||Jeeva's father||Tamil film|
|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||Oru Painkilikatha||Kannan||Playback singer|
|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|
- Suryodayam (Doordarshan, Direction)
- Vilakku vekkum neram (Doordarshan)
- Megham (Asianet)
- Malayogam (Asianet)
- Nizhalukal (Asianet)
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)
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- "CiniDiary". CiniDiary. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
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- "ഇത്തിരിനേരം ഒത്തിരികാര്യം - ബാലചന്ദ്രമേനോന്". 20 January 2016.
- "CM Oommen Chandy releases Balachandra Menon's memoir". 3 September 2011.
- "Ace director, master storyteller". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 7 July 2012.
- "Balachandra Menon's New Book Released".
- "Ithri Neram Othiri Karyam". Manorama Online. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
- "Limca Book of Records recognizes Balachandra Menon". 14 May 2018.