Balaji Mohan

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Balaji Mohan
Born (1987-05-25) 25 May 1987 (age 30)[1]
Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor
Years active 2012-present
Known for Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, Maari
Spouse(s) Aruna

Balaji Mohan, born on 25 May 1987, is an Indian film director. After discontinuing his engineering studies to pursue his passion and become a director, he enrolled at a film academy and attended courses and workshops, besides participating in short film contests. After shooting more than half-a-dozen short films, he directed his first full-length bilingual film romantic comedy Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (Tamil) and Love Failure (Telugu) based on one of his own short films.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Balaji was born on 25 May 1987 in Trichy to a Telugu father and a Tamil mother.[4] He pursued his schooling in Campion Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in Trichy and later joined the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering in Chennai for his higher studies, albeit he had decided in 10th class already that he wanted to become a director.[4] He recalls that his parents bought him a handycam in his third semester,[4] and he made his first short film called Velicham,[5] which was also sent to film festivals and won.[6] Although he had initially planned to complete his education before following his passion and pursuing a career in filmmaking, he did not want to "wait for too long" after making Velicham. After convincing his parents, he discontinued his engineering course two years later and went on to join the L. V. Prasad Film and TV Academy in Vadapalani, Chennai to learn editing and sound design.[4][5] He also studied acting at Alchemy Institute, Adyar, Chennai.

Marriage[edit]

Balaji Mohan got married in June 2012 to his childhood sweetheart Aruna. He confirmed his divorce by mutual consent on May 5, 2016 due to irreconcilable differences.[7]

Career[edit]

Balaji began his career as an assistant director for the Tamil film called Kulir 100° (2009). While the film was in its pre-production stage, he got the opportunity to join the Gateway to Hollywood, a show that was aired in Sony TV. His short film Treasure was featured in the contest and Balaji became one of the 6 finalists of the show.[4] He later joined as an assistant director for Sudha K. Prasad's Tamil film Drohi (2010),[4] while simultaneously participating in Kalaignar TV's first season of Naalaya Iyakunar.[4][5] He directed five short films namely Kodi, The Juniors, Addi Tail, Mittai Veedu and Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi for the show and was one of the winners of the series award for consistent performance.

Among his works, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi was most popular and went viral on YouTube, garnering overwhelming response.[6][8] Cinematographer Nirav Shah saw the short film and initiated the idea to make it into a full-length feature film.[4] Balaji took three months to develop the script, while Nirav Shah reached out to producers and actors, introducing him to producer Sashikanth of YNot Movies.[4][9] Siddharth, who too was keen on turning the short film into a feature film after he had seen it, entered the project, playing the lead role besides co-producing the venture.[10] The film was made as a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu; while the original title was given for the Tamil version, the Telugu version was named Love Failure, with the cast and crew being retained for both versions. The project was completed in a record 36 days,[5] and both versions of the film were released simultaneously in February 2012 in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, respectively. Opening to highly positive critical response, the film went on to become a sleeper hit in both states.[11]

Balaji Mohan collaborated with Dulquer Salmaan for his second directorial venture, a bilingual titled Vaayai Moodi Pesavum in Tamil and Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram in Malayalam. The film marked Balaji Mohan's debut in Malayalam Cinema and Dulquer Salmaan's debut in Tamil cinema. His third film was Maari, starring Actor Dhanush and it released in July, 2015. Next up he will be teaming up with Actor Dhanush again for Maari 2 a sequel to Maari.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2012 Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi Tamil Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Debutant Director
2012 Love Failure Telugu
2014 Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Tamil
2014 Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram Malayalam
2015 Maari Tamil
2017 Maari 2 Tamil

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.iflicks.in/StarPage/Director/Balaji-Mohan
  2. ^ "Amala signs film opposite Siddharth". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "KSY's sneak-peek teaser out". indiaglitz. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Post mortem Love failure by Balaji Mohan". Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Hemanth Kumar (21 February 2012). "The phone hasn't stopped ringing". Post noon. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Anusha Parthasarathy (21 October 2010). "Life & Style / Metroplus : Lights, camera, upload". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-maari-director-balaji-mohan-confirms-his-divorce-2209573
  8. ^ "My short film worked to my advantage: Balaji Mohan". The Times of India. 4 March 2012. 
  9. ^ 20 February 2012 By Janani Karthik DC chennai (20 February 2012). "Kadhalil Sodhappuvathu Yeppadi: How a short film turned into feature film". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2 May 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  10. ^ 24 January 2012 By Anupama Subramanian DC chennai (24 January 2012). "Siddharth, the multi tasker". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  11. ^ G Pramod Kumar (27 February 2012). "A cool romantic comedy creates a flutter in the south". Firstpost. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  12. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/maari-2-dhanusha-and-balaji-mohan-to-join-hands-again/1/584061.html

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