Southern film industry mourns as Sadma director Balu Mahendra dies

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.

By: Entertainment Feature Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2014 3:44 pm
Balu Mahendra According to reports Balu Mahendra died following a heart attack.

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 ….

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)

 

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    Gowshikbabu
    Feb 13, 2014 at 4:23 pm
    balumahendra was great in Modern cinema. His film history was very excellent and beautiful. his photography and directorial nice. now he's gone. sad news.... Cinema persons and audience are lose of his place.
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    Gowshikbabu
    Feb 13, 2014 at 4:23 pm
    balumahendra was great in Modern cinema. His film history was very excellent and beautiful. his photography and directorial nice. now he's gone. sad news.... Cinema persons and audience are lose of his place.
    Reply
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    Rajesh M
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm
    India has lost its proud son who brought an Ideny to the field to the Art of Cinematography. We will miss you Balu Sir.
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    Rajesh M
    Feb 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm
    India has lost its proud son who brought an Ideny to the field to the Art of Cinematography. We will miss you Balu Sir.
    Reply