Balachander pictured in 2006
K. Balachander is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer who works mainly in the Tamil film industry. He is well known for his distinct film-making style often dealing with interpersonal relationships and themes of social relevance.
Starting his career as a playwright, he made his cinematic debut as a dialog writer for
in 1964. Dheiva Thaai The following year he made his directional debut through  a film based on his own play. He secured his first Neer Kumizhi National Film Award for , a family drama film released in 1969. His 1975 film Iru Kodugal won the award for the Apoorva Raagangal Best Feature Film in Tamil. The 1981 Tamil film that dealt with social issues such as water scarcity and political corruption fetched him the Thanneer Thanneer National Film Award for Best Screenplay and the Best Regional Film award. He started his own production house in 1981 and named it  Kavithalayaa Productions which produced several of his award winning films like and Achamillai Achamillai . He also made forays into Sindhu Bhairavi Telugu cinema, Hindi cinema and Kannada cinema. His  and its Hindi remake Maro Charitra were huge box-office success and received critical acclaim. Ek Duuje Ke Liye For  Ek Duuje Ke Liye he received three Filmfare nominations— Best Story, Best Screenplay and Best Director—eventually winning the award for the Best Screenplay. The film was highly responsible in catapulting Balachander to national acclaim.  fetched him the Rudraveena Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration in 1988. Four years later , a Kavithaalaya production won the same award. Roja
As of 2013, Balachander has directed over 80 films and has worked in more than 100 films either as director or a screenwriter. In 1987 he was honoured with the
Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour. He has won nine National Film Awards and multiple Filmfare Awards. Balachander is also a recipient of various state awards like the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and the Nandi Awards, instituted by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In 2010 the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed upon him for his contributions to Indian cinema; he was the second personality and the first director from Tamil cinema to receive the award.  The following year he was awarded with the  ANR National Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
Civilian honors [ edit ]
National Film Awards [ edit ]
Filmfare Awards [ edit ]
Filmfare Awards South [ edit ]
Government of Tamil Nadu [ edit ]
Honorary doctorate [ edit ]
Nandi Awards [ edit ]
Santhome Awards [ edit ]
ANR National Award [ edit ]
Cine Technicians Association Awards [ edit ]
Rudraveena MGR Award
Other awards [ edit ]
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^ "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ "23rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ a b "29th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ "32nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ "36th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ "38th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ "40th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ K Balachander gets Phalke award, rediff.com 29 April 2011 17:23 IST
^ "Filmfare Award - 1981". Bollywood Hungama . Retrieved . 13 November 2011
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^ Times of India (Firm) (1983). . Bennett, Coleman. p. 305 The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who . Retrieved . 8 August 2013
^ a b c d e Collections, p 394
^ a b c d "Awards". Kavithalayaa.com . Retrieved . 31 May 2012
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^ a b Anandan, p 7–19
^ a b c Anandan, p 7–17
^ a b c d e Anandan, p 7–18
^ Anandan, p 7–16
^ Anandan, p 12–2
^ "ANR award for filmmaker K. Balachander". . 29 December 2010 The Hindu . Retrieved . 9 August 2013
^ Anandan, p 12
References [ edit ]
Collections. Update Video Publication. 1991.
The Times of India directory and year book including who's who. Times of India Press. 1984.
Film News, Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal Padaitha Thamizh Thiraipada Varalaru (Tamil Film History and Its Achievements). Sivagami Publications. p. 738.
"Dr.K. Balachander's Profile". Archived from the original on 28 December 2010.