Birthday: 20-05-1939
Date of death: 13-02-2014
Star sign: Gemini

Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran was born in a Sri Lankan Tamil family on the 20th of May 1939 and passed away on the 13th of February 2014. He was a cinematographer, film editor, director and a screenwriter. He has worked in some Indian film industries but mostly worked in the Tamil film industry. BaluManhendra had developed an interest in photography in his early years, as he graduated as a gold medallist in cinematography from FTII in Pune he first started his career as a cameraman.

Balu Mahendra had married three times, his first wife was Akhileshwari who was the mother of his first son and in the year 1980 his second wife actress Shoba had committed suicide ending their relationship and also putting BaluMahendra and Akhileshwari in prison for four months as they were living in India Illegally. In the year 1998 he married again, BaluMahendra had married actress Mounika but declared his marriage to the public in the year 2004. BaluMahendra won the best cinematographer award from the Indian government for his first film called Nell which was Malayalam film released in the year 1947 and even since he has worked hard to win the best cinematographer award for about ten films because of his innovation in camera style. BaluMahendra won the National Film Award for his first directed film Kokila, which was a Kannada film.

He was a brilliant director who had the ability to narrate visually a story and also handle camera editing all by himself. He won 6 National Film Awards.BaluMahendra went on to direct his first Tamil film AzhiyathaKolangal in the year 1979.He mostly worked for directors in Malayalam such as P.N.Menon and K.S.Sethumadhavan. BaluMahendra loved to experiment and explore the Indian film industry and did so by directing his first film in Hindi, which was a remake of MoondramPirai a Tamil film that was also directed by him. He also directed Aur Ek Prem Kahani which is also a Hindi film. BaluMahendrahad decided to be a filmmaker after he witnessed David Leans shooting for the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. Director Main Ratnam had offered BaluMahendra to work on his first Kannada film called Pallavi Anu Pallavi which Balu Mahendra agreed to work for with enthusiasm. Balu Mahendra also made sure he gave a message to his viewers that revolved around many social issues such as corruption and old age in his films like SandhyaRaagam.

S. J. Surya Tamil Actor

S. J. Surya

Selvaraj Justin Surya was born in Vasdevanallur, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. He pursued his graduation from Chennai. He is a renowned Actor, Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer and a Music Composer in the Kollywood. He is known as Suryah. Career: He started his career in films at an early age of 20. In 1988, he acted in the movie ‘Nethaidi’. After that, in 1993, he made a cameo appearance in ‘Kizhakku Cheemayile’. The music of the movie was composed by legendary A.R Rehman, and this film was later remade in Telugu. He did numerous small guest appearance and cameo roles. He played an auto driver in ‘Asai’(1995). The movie was honored with the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for best director, music director, and best playback singer. He made his debut in direction with the movie ‘Vaali’in 1999. He was inspired by director Vasanth and always emulated him. He was the writer for the film and also made a guest appearance in it. Vaali was a box-office hit and was critically acclaimed. It was a romantic thriller. In the next year, he directed and wrote ‘Kushi’ wherein he also made a guest appearance. It was such a successful and well praised a movie that it was remade in Telugu, Hindi and twice in Kannada. He directed ‘Naani’ in 2003 and made a cameo appearance in it. He played a math professor. Naani was first released in Telugu and later remade in Hindi. He directed another movie ‘New’ in 2004 which was inspired by Hollywood. Surya was the main lead and essayed the character of ‘Pappu’. It was a super hit and sold 4 million tickets worldwide. It was written and produced by Surya. He later made a cameo appearance in the Tamil film ‘Maha Nadigan’. He played ‘Shiva’ in his next venture ‘Anbe Aaruyire’. He was the director, writer, and producer for the film. In the year 2006, he played ‘Sathya’ in the movie ‘Kalvanin Kadhali’ and made a cameo appearance in the movie ‘Dishyum’. He continued with small roles in movies. ‘Thirumagan,' ‘Vyabari,' ‘Newtonin Moondram Vidhi,' ‘Nanaban,’ were some of the movies where he played such roles. In 2010, he directed Telugu movie ‘Puli’ and enacted his usual cameo appearance. His movie ‘Isai’ released in 2015 was a commercial success and is one of the best films of his career. Music: Surya is also a well-known music director and singer. He gave the music for the Marathi movie ‘Ishq Wala Love’ in 2014 and for ‘Isai’ in 2015. He was the composer for ‘Vyabari’ and ‘Newtonin Moondram Vidhi’. Upcoming projects: He will be playing in the upcoming movies ‘Iraivi', ‘174’ and ‘Nenjam Marappathillai’.

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A. L. Vijay

Married to the Tamil kutti, Amala Paul, A.L. Vijay is a Tamil, film director. He was born on 2 May 1979, in Tamil Nadu. He studied under Priyadarshan, who is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter and has known to direct about 90 films in various languages. Vijay’s father, A. L. Azhagappan was the president of Tamil Nadu Producers Council. Azhagappan made an appearance as one of the lead roles in the film Eesan, directed by M. Sasikumar. Vijay has a brother named Udhaya, who is an actor in Tamil films. Before becoming a director, Vijay was an advertisement filmmaker. Under the banner Venus Ad Films, he completed more than 100 ad films. Vijay, being influenced by the ad works of Priyadarshan and others, claims that creating ads takes out the creativity and transfers it onto the screen with maximum impact in minimum time. He won CNBC’s Best Corporate Advertisement Award in 2009 for his commercial for the State Bank of India. From an advertisement filmmaker, Vijay started his career in feature films in 2003. He started out in the directorial field as an assistant director for Priyadarshan and made his debut with Kireedam in 2007. Kireedam was a remake of the film directed by Sibi Malayil, under the same name in 1989. The original was changed to about 80% for Vijay’s remake. The film got positive reviews from various critics and Vijay earned fame for taking a chance and daring to create an out of the ordinary movie. After Kireedam, Vijay once again worked as an assistant to Priyadarshan for the film Kanchivaram. After that, Vijay and Priyadarshan worked together for another film titled Poi Solla Porom, which was filmed in 34 days. The movie won critical acclaim for good dialogue and originality. Madrasapattinam was one the biggest projects for Vijay, starring Arya and Amy Jackson, winner of the English Miss Teen World. The movie, a love story between an English woman and a launderer in India, was set during the 1940’s in Madras Presidency. The film was dubbed in Telugu as 1947: A love story and got good reviews in both languages. The movie was nominated for numerous awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Filmfare Awards South and a song from the movie ‘Pookal Pookum” won the Best Song of the year at the Mirchi Music Awards. Vijay is known to have connected with the audience and the actors to give the best. A few people such as cinematographer Nirav Shah, music director G.V. Prakash Kumar, production designer Selva Kumar and editor Anthony are part of his “regular crew”. On 12 June 2014, the director married the actress Amala Paul, and it was rumoured that they were expecting a first child.

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