Balachander, 84, died at a private hospital here Tuesday following prolonged illness and age-related ailments. Popularly known as KB, he was instrumental in launching the careers of Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth and other popular actors such as Prakash Raj, Sujatha and Saritha.
Balachander directed 101 Films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi Film Industries. ‘Neer Kumizhi’ (1965) marks his directorial debut and ‘Abaddam’ was his last movie.He won as many as 9 National awards apart from Dada Saheb Phalke and Padma Shri awards.
Rajinikanth, who paid homage to his guru, said he was like his “father”. Celebrities expressed their grief at the loss of a legendary figure on Twitter.Here are tweet condolences from Celebs to Blachander
Ram: “With the kind of Masterpieces that he’s made #BalachanderGaru will live on for a really reaaallllyyy long time..You will be missed Sir..RIP”.
Nani: “Balachander sir is no more .. End of an era .. Bapu gaaru Balachander gaaru in the same year…We are so much more incomplete now”.
Harish Shankar: “RIP….K BALACHANDER Sir ..a True Legend”.
Lakshmi Manchu: K.Balachander sir RIP. You redefined cinema. You were one of the finest. A huge loss for the film industry.
Amala Paul: “The film industry loses a legend! K Balachander sir is and will be one of the most inspiring filmmakers that I knw. A legend rests in peace.”
Lakshmi Rai: “Our industry Lost another great legendary director #KB sir 🙁 #RIP my strength to the family”.
Manchu Manoj: “RIP Genius U Wil Live Forever in this world Uncle”
Suresh Daggubati: Its very saddening to hear that Legendary director K. Balachander Garu is no more. May his soul rest in peace.
Chandrababu Naidu: “Deeply saddened by the passing of legendary director K. Balachander. His distinct film-making style & hard-hitting themes amused one & all.”
Ram Charan: “My deepest condolence to Legendary director sri K.BALACHANDAR GARU family. May his soul rest in peace”.
Ram Gopal Varma: “Want to express my heartfelt grief for the passing away of K Balachander, the only true maverick and path breaking director of all time”.
Prakash Raj: “Thank u kb sir for changing my life.. For the moments.. Learning n unlearning . I’m crying out loud in pain.. Will miss u my MAN.. Love uuuu”.
G.V.Prakash Kumar @gvprakash
RIP legend director KB sir … A great director with a variety of work no one can match . And one of the best producers I’ve worked with
BVS Ravi @BvsRavi:
#KBalachandar films were language to women’s hearts.questions to society n answers to stalemates of emotions;challenge us&change us…
Vimala Raman: Veteran legendary director K.Balachander sir has left us:( Feel honoured and proud to be introduced to cinema by him RIP my guru 🙁
RIP K Balachander sir..1 of the finest directors of indian cinema who has nurtured many actors esp Kamal n Rajini sir
Sundeep Kishan: 2014 pls end fast…you have caused enough grevience so far..RIP Balachander sir..you shall always Be loved,cherished and missed..
Selva Raghvan: Shattered by k balachandar sir’s demise.no words to describe the grief and sadness.
Khushbu: Too grief stricken at the demise of #KB sir. U know few mean a lot to u but u realize how much only when they leave us. KB sir has left us completely heartbroken.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to know of d demise of K Balachander. A genius storyteller, his gems Ek Duje Ke Liye & Zara Si Zindagi will keep his legacy alive. RIP.
R. Madhavan: RIP K Balachander sir. You will be so missed. I can never forget you sparkling smile and warm handshakes.
Shruti Haasan: Rip kb sir. Such a big part of my family and my fathera’s life and career – thank you for inspiring us with your great work and life.
Rana Daggubati posted, “It is very saddening to hear that legendary director K Balachander Garu is no more. May his soul rest in peace.”
Tamil actress Priyamani posted, “Had the opportunity to see the man a lot of times…RIP K Balachander sir! You will definitely be missed.”