Famous cinematographer cum filmmakers, Screen-writer and Editor Balu Mahendra is no more. He is suffering with serious illness from past month and breathed his last today at Vijaya Hospital, Chennai. Old veteran filmmaker has been a pioneer in filmmaking practices in the 70s. His classic like Sankarabharanam and directing yet another classic like Nireekshana, his contribution to Telugu cinema remains times immemorial. A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, Balu Mahendra has started his career as a cinematographer with Nellu (1974). Later he turned a director with Kannada film Kokila in 1977. He is a five time National Award winner along with three Film fares and numerous State Awards of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Tollywod celebrates pay condolences to his family.