The veteran Tamil film director and cinematographer, Balu Mahendra has died, sources said. A winner of five national awards, Balu Mahendra was born in Sri Lanka. He worked across film industries and has made movies in almost all South Indian languages.
Balu Mahendra started his career as a cinematographer and later moved into direction and screenplay writing. Balu Mahendra earned a name for himself in his capacity as cinematographer and is billed as part of the new wave that changed the face of Tamil film industry. His major films include Kokila, Moondram Pirai, Oomakuyil.
Read Daniel Thimmaya's obit on the veteran: Merely Months After his 'Latest' Comeback, Balu Mahendra Breathes his Last
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Veteran film maker Balu Mahendra died in a hospital in Chennai.— Santhosh (@santhoshsufi) February 13, 2014
Feeling sad about Balu Mahendra. Who will give us the innocent romance he showcased in Moondram Pirai anymore. RIP :(— Chilli (@chilli1202) February 13, 2014