Renowned Tamil filmmaker Balu Mahendra died at the Vijaya Hospital here on Thursday. He was 74.
"Following a heart attack, he was admitted to the hospital this morning. He was later shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU), where he passed away an hour later," a hospital source told IANS. His body has been shifted to his residence for his fans to pay their last respects.
Balu started his career as a cinematographer in 1974 Malayalam film Nellu. He worked as a cinematographer in nearly 20 films before wielding the megaphone for 1976 National Award winning Kannada film Kokila.
One of the pioneers of Tamil cinema, he is known for his visually inspiring work such as Moondram Pirai, Sandhya Raagam and Veedu.
His last directorial venture was 2013's critically acclaimed Tamil film Thalaimuraigal, which was produced by his student actor-filmmaker M Sasi Kumar.
He has also directed Hindi films such as Sadma and Aur Ek Prem Kahani. Here, we are bringing you some of his rare and unseen photos with celebrities.
Special Photo: Balu Mahendra With Kamal Hassan
Balu Mahendra, who had directed Kamal Hassan in a few memorable movies, is seen alongside the Universal Star in the snap.
Special Photo: Balu Mahendra With Cheran
Balu Mahendra and director Cheran shared dais at an audio launch function.
Special Photo: Balu Mahendra On The Sets Of Thalaimuraigal
Balu Mahendra's last movie was Thalaimuraigal. This was one of the pictures taken during the making.
Special Photo: Balu Mahendra With Sasikumar
Balu Mahendra is seen with director Sasikumar in the photo.
Special Photo: Balu Mahendra With Surya
Legendary film personality Balu Mahendra is seen with Surya.
Special Photo: Balu Mahendra With Illayaraaja
Balu Mahendra is seen with another legend Illayaraaja. Sasikumar is also seen in the picture.
Special Photo: Balu Mahendra With Vairamuthu
Balu Mahendra sharing dais with veteran poet Vairamuthu.
Special Photo: K Balachander, Balu Mahendra, Bharathiraaja
K Balachander, Balu Mahendra and Bharathiraaja at a film function.
Special Photo: Bala, Balu Mahendra, Bharathiraaja
Director Bala, Balu Mahendra and Bharathiraaja are seen in the snap.