Dada Saheb Phalke Award for K Balachander

Veteran filmmaker K Balachander, who is remembered for his Hindi film EK DUJE KE LIYE and Tamil satire THANEER THANEER, is to receive the country’s highest honour in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, for 2010. Born in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu, in July 1930, Balachander came into prominence as a playwright with his dynamic plays like ‘Major Chandrakanth’, ‘Server Sundaram’, ‘Naanal’ and ‘Neerkumizhi’. These plays enjoyed huge popular and critical acclaim. The award is conferred by the Central Government of India for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs. One million and a shawl.
Balachander has been film director, screenplay writer and producer for more than 45 years. He has written, directed and produced more than 100 films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada. He is known for his distinct film-making style. The films he scripts and directs analyze unusual or complicated inter-personal relationships and social themes. Balachander has the uncanny knack of spotting talent. He has been responsible for bringing into limelight many stars of the present day, including Rajnikanth, Kamal Haasan, Prakashraaj and Vivek.


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