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Legendary filmmaker Balu Mahendra Passes Away

Legendary filmmaker Balu Mahendra has passed away at a private hospital in Chennai on Thursday (February 13).He was admitted to the hospital after he suffered a heart attack.

His assistant has confirmed the news and has said that Balu Mahendra breathed his last around 11 am today. His body will be taken to a school in Saligram for the public homage. He will be cremated as per the Hindu customs tomorrow.

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Balu Mahendra was born on 20 May, 1939, in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. He had developed an interest towards photography at a very early age when his father had gifted him a camera. But his passion towards cinema started taking shape after watching David Lean's making of 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'.

The filmmaker had not quit his education to pursue a career in films. Indeed, he had gone to London to get a bachelor's degree in science. It is only after completing his education, he turned towards film industry by joining Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He did a cinematography course and passed out with a gold medal.

The Beginning Of Film Career
His first break in film industry came in the form of Nellu, a Malayalam movie, directed by Ramu Kariat, in 1974. Not surprisingly, he won the Best Cinematographer Award from Kerala Government. He worked in 20 odd films between 1974-77 as a cinematographer. Especially, he was the most wanted cameraman in Malayalam film industry. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...

Legendary filmmaker Balu Mahendra Passes Away

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