Noted writer, producer and director K Balachander, 80, awarded the highest and most prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2010. Balachander has introduced over 100 new faces to Tamil cinema. He introduced Rajinikanth, Kamal Hasan and Prakash Raj. He is known for his distinct film making. He won numerous state awards in his career of over 45 years. He made movies in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.
Apoorva Ragangal (1975) made in Telugu as Anthuleni Katha introduced Rajnikanth to Tamil and Telugu cinema. Prior to movies, Balachander had worked in Accountant General’s office. Balachander also introduced actors Sujatha, Jayaprada and Sarita. Maro Charitra starring Kamal Haasan was a big hit and was later made in Hindi as Ek Duje Ke Liye. His five films won the National Awards for best feature films in Tamil. His Telugu film Rudraveena starring Chiranjeevi, based on the life of Anna Hazare in 1988 won the Nargis Dutt award for best feature film on national integration. Balachander had won the Padma Shri in 1987. Born in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu in July 1930, he came into prominence as a playwright with his plays like Major Chandrakanth, Server Sundaram, Naanal and Neerkumizhi.