Balki (popularily known as R.Balakrishnan), an Indian screenwriter, filmmaker, and Chief Creative Officer of Lowe Lintas (advertising agency) was born in Bangalore ,Karnataka, . Balakrishnan got married in 2007 to Gauri Shinde film director of highly acclaimed ‘EnglishVinglish’ (2012).
He always had a love for film making and even applied to the Madras Film Institute for a course in the same but walked out of the interview as he did not like the panel. He started doing a course in Masters In Computer Application (MCA), but was thrown out of the college due to low attendance.
His career started when he was 23 with Mudra. Some of his major contributions include "Jaago re" ads for 'Tata Tea' , "Daag Achche Hain" for 'Surf Excel', and the "walk when you talk" Idea Cellular advertising campaign.
Balki has directed some of the top-rated films like Cheeni kum (2007), featuring
Amitabh Bachchan, Paa (2009), starring Amitabh Bachchan,
Abhishek Bachchan, and Vidhya Balan, and Shamitabh, has won five awards at the 16th Star Screen Awards.His recent movie, featuring
Arjun Kapoor and
Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ki and Ka, released on 1 April, 2016 has given a box office hit..