Renowned filmmaker Balu Mahendra died on Thursday (February 13) at a private hospital following a cardiac arrest, sources close to his family said.
Balu Mahendra, 75, who suffered heart attack, was rushed to the hospital where he breathed his last, sources said. He is survived by his wife and son.
Southern film industry took to Twitter to express its grief over the loss of a great director.
STR Simbu: RIP legend Balu mahendra sir :( my condolence to his family ….
An inspiration, teacher from a distance, everlasting hero for most of us…The great Balu Mahendra sir has left us. Massive loss! Prayers.
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— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) February 13, 2014
Saddened at d news of demise of Legendary #BaluMahendra sir..he has gvn such memorable movies..heroines wr presented like dream in his DOP
— khushbusundar (@khushsundar) February 13, 2014
Balu Mahendra started his career in the industry as a cinematographer for the Malayalam movie ‘Nellu’ in 1974. The film earned him the best cinematographer award from the Kerala government.
Since then he has been chosen as the best cinematographer for many times in various Indian films, winning the national award for cinematography twice.
Mahendra is considered to be among the first to pioneer innovative camera style for colour in South India besides drawing acclaim for use of natural lighting as much as possible in his frames.
He made his directional debut in 1977 through the Kannada film ‘Kokila’, wielding the megaphone in over 20 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi.
While his movies ‘Veedu’ (1988) and ‘Vanna Vanna Pookkal’ (1992) won the national award for the best feature film in Tamil, ‘Sandhya Raagam’ (1990) won the award for best film on family welfare. (With PTI inputs)