Balan K. Nair was a Malayalam actor born on 4 April 1933 in Chemancheri, Calicut. He made his reputation acting as a villain in most of the southern films. Balan started his acting career at a very young age of 14 with the association of Sangamam Theatre, Kozhikode. He was the eldest among his siblings and his parents died when he was very young. Balan had to face struggles before he became an actor. He made his debut with the film Nizhalattam in 1970. During his career, he won many prestigious awards including The National Award for The Best Actor in Oppol for his role as a military officer. Balan also won The Kerala State Film Award twice for second best actor in Adhithi and
Thacholi Ambu in 1974 and 1978 respectively.
He was a renowned actor of the south film industry and worked for both Tamil and Malayalam Film Industry. During his career, he did 4 Tamil movies and 228 movies. He was not only famous for his villain roles but also for his strong character roles. He also acted as stunt double for
Dev Anand in the movie Sarhad in 1960. Before his debut in the Indian cinema, he was a mechanic and owned a metal workshop. During the era of 1970, he was regarded as one of the top villains of the Malayalam film industry. His son Meghanathan is also an actor though not as renowned as his father. Balan was married to Sarada Nair and had five children. On 26 August 2000, Balan died in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala at Sree Chitra Tirunal Hospital from his prolonged bone cancer.
Balan always played a very strong character on the screen and was one of the dominative and legendary villain of the Malayalam Film Industry. Balan is regarded as the best villain and will be acclaimed for his role in the coming decades.