Balu Mahendra is a
cinematography graduate and a gold medallist from the Film and Television
Institute of India in Pune. He started his film career as a cameraman for the
Malayalam film Nellu in 1974 which got him the best cinematographer award from
the Government of India. He has been chosen the best cinematographer for as many
as ten films.
His first film as a director was Kokila (Kannada,1976), which
earned him a National Award. Azhiyatha Kolanagl (1979) was his first directorial
venture in Tamil. He is one of the few film makers in Tamil who can tell a story
visually. He writes the script for his films, handles the camera and edits the
film himself, thus retaining a firm control over his films.
Landmark Films: Azhiyatha Kolanagal (1979), Moonram pirai (1982), Neengal
Kettavai (1984), Veedu (1988), Sandhya Ragam (1991), Marupadium (1993)