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Some of Balu Mahendra's great work as cameramen in Telugu: Lambadolla Ramadasu, Manavoori Pandavulu, Sankarabharanam, Seethakoka Chiluka.
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Film Career :

Mahendra got his first break in films when he was approached by Ramu Kariat for his film Nellu in 1974.[11] Mahendra's work in the film was highly appreciated as he won the Best Cinematographer Award at the Kerala State Film Awards. He continued to work as cameraman for 21 films till 1976. He worked mainly in Malayalam with directors like K. S. Sethumadhavan, Bharathan and P. N. Menon during this period. The following year he made his directional debut through Kokila, a Kannada film, which earned him the Best Cinematography Award at the 24th National Film Awards. The film was highly successful and Mahendra received critical acclaim for his work. The films has the distinction of being the only Kannada film to complete 150 days in Madras. Following that, he decided make a film in Tamil. It was at that time he was approached by J. Mahendran who wanted him to be the cameraman for the former's directional debut Mullum Malarum (1978). Apart from cinematography, Mahendra also assisted in script, editing and direction. After completing the film Mahendra decided to work on his second directional venture, this time in Tamil. He named the film Azhiyadha Kolangal (1979), which tells the story of three friends who are in adolescent stage. In Telugu, Mahendra worked for directors like Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, Bapu and K. Viswanath in films such as Tharam Marindi, Lambadolla Ramadasu, Sommokadidi Sokokadidi, Manavoori Pandavulu and Shankarabharanam. Of these, Manavoori Pandavulu fetched him a state award.

Though his films were oriented towards parallel cinema, he was also interested in Hollywood films and quotes Alfred Hitchcock as his favourite. This prompted to make him a film titled Moodu Pani (1980). Loosely based on Hitchcock's Psycho, the film saw Mahendra collaborating with composer Ilaiyaraaja for the first time; since then Ilaiyaraaja has been the regular composer for all of Mahendra's films till date. His fourth directional venture, Olangal (1982) marked his Malayalam language debut. Inspired from Erich Segal's novel Man, Woman and Child, the film had Amol Palekar in the lead. The same year he directed another film in Tamil, Moondram Pirai which had Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in the lead. It tells the story of a school teacher who looks after a girl suffering from amnesia. The film was a "blockuster" with Mahendra, Haasan and Sridevi receiving acclaim for their work. Haasan and Mahendra won National Film Awards in the Best Actor and Best Cinematography categories respectively. Mahendra won two Filmfare Awards in the year for Olangal and Moondram Pirai in the Best Director category.

He made his first Hindi Film Sadma,which is a remake of his own Tamil film Moondram Pirai with Kamal Hasan and Sridevi. This film is supposed to be one of the finest films made by him. The film superbly captures the emotions involved in the relationship between the two main characters. He made another Hindi film, Aur Ek Prem Kahani (remake of Kokila Kannada film), which was about the love affair between a young man and his maid, told in a realistic and simple manner.

The film director Mani Ratnam approached Mahendra to work on the cinematography of his first Kannada film, Pallavi Anu Pallavi. It has been reported that he almost refused to work with Ratnam whom he perceived as a novice at that time.[12][13] He has since been quoted as admiring Ratnam for his "infectious enthusiasm". He never hesitated to work with Ratnam when Ratnam approached him. Instead he agreed to do the film enthusiastically when Ratnam met him and narrated the story to him.

Of late, his films have not clicked at the box office and his financial status too wasn't going great, which he had mentioned in an interview.[14]

Legacy

Mahendra was equally praised for his cinematography and directional finesse. He was among the first to pioneer innovative colour in south Indian cinema, and is considered to be "one of the few filmmakers in Tamil who believes in telling a story visually".[15] Younger cinematographers like Santosh Sivan,[16] Ravi K. Chandran,[17] Natarajan Subramaniam, K. V. Anand have been inspired by him.

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Awards and honours

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Filmography

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YearFilm TitleLanguageNotes
1977KokilaKannadaNational Film Award for Best Cinematography (Black and White)
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
1979Azhiyadha KolangalTamil 
1980MoodupaniTamil 
1982Moondram PiraiTamilNational Film Award for Best Cinematography
Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Director
1982OlangalMalayalamFilmfare Award for Best Malayalam Director
1982NireekshanaTelugu 
1983OomakkuyilMalayalam 
1983SadmaHindiNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Story
1984Neengal KettavaiTamil 
1985Un Kannil Neer VazhindalTamil 
1985YathraMalayalam 
1987Rettai Vaal KuruviTamil 
1988VeeduTamilNational Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
1989Sandhya RaagamTamilNational Film Award for Best Film on Family Welfare
1992Vanna Vanna PookkalTamilNational Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
1993MarupadiyumTamil 
1995Sathi LeelavathiTamil 
1996Aur Ek Prem KahaniHindiRemake of Kokila
1997Raman AbdullahTamil 
2003Julie GanapathiTamil 
2005Adhu Oru Kana KaalamTamil 
2013ThalaimuraigalTamil 
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Very good cameraman and creative director
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balu mahendra garu with ilayaraja :
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RIP...one of the best!!!!
Monndram Pirai film chala baga teesadu
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Sukkalle thochave. ..yennalle kaachave. ..yeda boyaave. ..inni yela sukkallo ninu nenethikaane.... ..RIP BALU MAHENDRA SIR....
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May his Soul rest in Peace. Recently, he directed and acted in a Tamil Movie which was a hit.

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hugely influential figure in Tamil industry. half of the superb directors and DOPs are his disciples. RIP.
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Very good director. Nireekshana movie is very nice. All movies realsitic gaa vuntaayi. Veedu movie lo middle class vallu illu kattendaaniki vachina ibbandulanu chaala baaga choopinchaaru.
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బాలూ.. క్షమించు, నిన్ను అర్ధం జేసుకోలేకపోయాం!
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భారతదేశంలో ఇంజనీరింగ్ లో అగ్రశ్రేణి విద్యాసంస్థలు 'ఐఐటి'లు; మెడిసిన్ లో 'ఎయిమ్స్'. వీటి తర్వాతే మరొకటి. 'ఎయిమ్స్' లో ఆల్ ఇండియా స్థాయిలో తొలిసారిగా ఫస్ట్ ర్యాంకు, సెకండ్ ర్యాంకు వచ్చాయి. ఆ టాప్ రాంక్యుల విలువ తెలియక సీదాసాదాగా వార్తని ప్రచురించారు. అలాగే 'బాలు మహేంద్ర' గురించి..బాలు మహేంద్ర బతికివుండగా రావలసినంత గుర్తింపు, గౌరవం రాలేదు. చనిపోయిన తర్వాత కూడా...

బాలూ మహేంద్ర - గొప్ప రచయిత, కవి, పాత్రికేయుడు, సినిమాటో గ్రాఫర్, స్టిల్ ఫోటో గ్రాఫర్, స్క్రీన్ ప్లే రచయిత, డైరెక్టరు వగైరా వగైరా... వెరసి 'జీనియస్'. ఆయన తీసిన ఆయన సినిమా స్టిల్ సినీ పత్రికలకు బొనాంజా - ఫ్రేమింగ్, లైటింగ్!

2014 లో 'బా'త్రయాన్ని(బాలు మహేంద్ర, బాపు, బాల చందర్)కోల్పోయాం. ఎందువలనో గాని బాలు మహేంద్ర కి ఇవ్వవలసిన ప్రాధాన్యత ఇవ్వలేకపోయాం అనిపించింది. ఆఖరికి, 'ప్రజాశక్తి' గోళ్ళ రాధాకృష్ణమూర్తి గారి 'తరం మారింది' చిత్రానికి బాలు మహేంద్ర - శోభ పనిచేశారన్న విషయాన్ని కూడా విస్మరించాం. (జగ్గయ్యపేట కోటలో ఆ చిత్ర నిర్మాణం జరిగింది. విజయవాడ నుంచి పాత్రికేయులు ఆ సినిమా కవరేజీకి వెళ్ళారు.

శ్రీలంకలో పుట్టి, భారతీయ సినిమాని సుసంపన్నంచేసిన మహానుభావుడు బాలు మహేంద్ర. బాలు మహేంద్ర అర్ధం కావాలంటే వడ్డెర చండీదాసు రచనలు జీర్ణం కావాలి; చలంని అధ్యయనం చేసి వుండాలి. 'జ్యోతిచిత్ర , శివరంజని' సినీ పాత్రికేయుడుగా - పాత్రికేయుడయిన సినిమాటోగ్రాఫర్ ఐ.అర్జునరావు మిత్రుడుగా - నిర్మాత, రూపశిల్పి జయ కృష్ణ అభిమాన దర్శకుడుగా బాలు మహేంద్రతో నాకు కొద్దిపాటి సాన్నిహిత్యం వుంది. ఆయనతో సినిమా కబుర్లేకాదు, జీవితం - సాహిత్యం - ప్రేమ వగైరా వగైరా ఎన్నో ముచ్చట్లు. ఆర్ట్ ఫిలిమ్ - కమ్మర్షియల్ ఫిలిమ్ - పేరలల్ సినిమా : పేరు ఏదైనా కావచ్చు అన్ని ఫార్మాట్స్ అద్భుత మిశ్రమం బాలు మహేంద్ర సినిమాలు! సిలోన్ వాసి అక్రమంగా భారతదేశం లో వుంటున్నాడని ఈ జాతీయ బహుమతి గ్రహీతపై కోర్టులో కేసులు పెట్టారు. బాలు మహేంద్ర  వ్యక్తిత్వంలో డిఫరెంట్ షేడ్స్; జీవితంలో ఎన్నో ఒడిదుడుకులు మెట్టపల్లాలు. ఆయన జీవితం ఆయన చిత్రాలలో అంతర్లీనంగా కనిపిస్తుంది. ఆయన అర్ధంకాడు కానీ ఆయన సినిమాలు అర్ధమవుతాయి - ఎవరి మేధసుకి తగ్గట్టుగా వారికి.  

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