Director Balu Mahendra was admitted in the hospital today morning after he complained about chest pain. He did not respond to the treatment and passed away at about 11 A M. He was aged 74 years.
Tamil people can never forget the films Moodu Pani, Moondram Pirai, Marupadiyum and Sathi Leelavathi directed by Balu Mahendra. Balu Mahendra is also a renowned cinematographer.
Apart from handling the camera for his films, he has also handled the camera for the films directed by other directors. It was Balu Mahendra who had handled the camera for the famous film Mullum Malarum directed by ace director Mahendran.
Recently the film Thalaimuraigal which was directed by him was released. Director Sasikumar had produced this film. This film was critically acclaimed.
He had bagged five National Awards for his best cinematography and best director. Leading directors like Bala, Ram and Vetrimaaran were Balu Mahendra’s assistants.