Celebrated film maker Balu Mahendra passes away

baluOne of India’s finest film makers Balu Mahendra died on Thursday morning in Vijaya Hospital, Vadapalani.

He suffered heart attacks and was taken to hospital from his Saligramam home where doctors pronounced him dead.

The funeral is expected to take place on Friday morning. His body is now kept at his film academy called Cinema Pattatarai in Saligramam.

Born in Sri Lanka, Mahendra studied cinematography at the FTII, Pune and went on to shoot for famed directors of his time – Bharathan, Ramu Kariat, Mahendran and K. Vishwanathan.

He shot in ambient, available light and made a mark as a craftsperson in cinema. He went onto write and direct his own films, starting with the Kannada film Kokila.

His Moondram Pirai won him the national best cinematographer and for actor Kamalhassan, the national best actor award.

He was considered a guru to many cameramen and film students who became well known film makers – among them Bala, Seenu Ramaswamy and Ameer.

His academy in Saligramam was set up to train youth in cinema making and recently, a film called ‘Thalaimuraigal’ in which he played the lead role besides directing it was released; it was film maker Sasikumar tribute to Mahendra’s work.

Photo by Joseph Raja

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