K. Balachander

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Print edition : January 23, 2015

K. Balachandar. Photo: S.S. Kumar

K. Balachandar with his star proteges, Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

Kamal Hassan and Srividya in "Apoorva Raagangal" (1975). Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Sujatha (left) and Sripriya in "Aval Oru Thodarkathai" (1974). Photo: The Hindu Archives

Rajinikanth and Saritha "Thappu Thalangal" (1978). Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Suhashini and Sivakumar in "Sindhu Bhairavi" (1985). Photo: The Hindu Archives

K. Balachander (1930-2014) gave Tamil cinema a new direction by making films with unconventional subjects and middle-class protagonists with all their eccentricities and complexities intact.
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