Ace filmmaker and cinematographer Balu Mahendra passed away in the morning today in Vijaya Hospitals in Chennai. He was 74. He was admitted to the Vijaya Hospitals after he suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency care treatment. However, he breathed his last in the hospital at around 11 a.m.
Balu Mahendra, a multi-faceted personality, has worked as a filmmaker, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer. The veteran director made his directorial debut with Kannada film "Kokila" in 1977. He received the National Film Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White) for the film. Mahendra has worked in several films in various industries including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. Some of his critically-acclaimed films include "Moodu Pani", "Moondram Pirai", "Marupadiyum", "Sathi Leelavathi" and "Sadma" among others.
Telugu film fans will remember him for the films 'Vasantha Kokila' and 'Nireekshana'. For the first time in his four-decade long career, Mahendra starred in a pivotal role in a Tamil film that released last year. The film "Thalaimuraigal" revolves around the bond between a grandfather and his grandson. Mahendra, who appeared as the grandfather, was lauded for his performance in the film, which has been deemed as one of the veteran's best creations.
Post his degree in London University in Science and Honors, he did his cinematography course in FTII, Pune before launching the illustrious career. Several filmmakers and stalwarts of Southern film industry who are closely associated with him and his films have been his fans and expressed shock and deep grief over his demise.
IndiaGlitz prays in a moment of silence for the filmmaker's soul rest in peace.