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The KB school
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m. vedhan K. Balachander.

Kailasam Balachander has carved for himself a unique place in the history of Tamil cinema as a director who explored social themes in a manner that stimulated in viewers an appetite for such bold creations. Today, at the age of 82, Balachander has expanded his creative horizon to explore the limits of television as a medium to express himself. In 2010, KB, as he is fondly called by his admirers, became the first Tamil film director to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.


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Introducing the characters and dealing with subject which nobody would dare to deal and bringing them carefuly before the audience could be easier only to him. Such would be his finesse. He was the only director who could create puzzles in human relationships. Only he could dare to cast the heroine with an orthodox background in an anti-role in Arangetram. I still remember the following comment in The Hindu some two decades back, on a review of his film: "Balachander knows the pulse of middle class". I think this may be one of the reasons for his success and presence in this field for many decades. Watching the films of KB would be a memorable experience. Audience would feel, while seeing his movies, as if they are happening in their own family. He would meticulously make bound the viewer with his magnetic touch whatever the subject might be. That is KB.
from:  Dr B Jambulingam
Posted on: Oct 12, 2013 at 08:43 IST
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