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K. Balachander, who brought a whiff of fresh air with a daring new style in direction and filmmaking in Tamil cinema in the 1970s, was on Friday chosen for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2010.
The award, which is given for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema, was announced by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry based on the recommendation of a committee of eminent persons.
Balachander, 81, who made an amazing transformation from a government servant in the Accountant General's office to a playwright and then to a leading personality in films, introduced an easy style in script narration at a time when Tamil cinema was dominated by melodrama.
He started with dialogue writing for M.G. Ramachandran's film Dheiva Thaaibut never worked with the then big stars of the industry.
His 1975 film Apoorva Ragangal (rare ragas) made in Telugu as Anthuleni Katha introduced superstar Rajnikanth to Tamil and Telugu cinema.
The film, which also saw Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth act together, was a brilliant display of inter-personal relationships between father-son and inter-generational romance leading to a complex situation.
Apart from Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan, actors Sujatha, Jaya Prada and Sarita were all his discoveries who later became big names in South Indian cinema.
Balanchander's bilingual Maro Charitra starring Kamal Hassan and Rati Agnihotri was a big hit of the times that was later made in Hindi as Ek Duje Ke Liye that made waves in Bollywood.
His five films Iru Kodugal (1969), Apoorva Ragangal (1975), Thaneer Thaneer(1981), Achamillai Achamillai (1984) won the National Awards for best feature films in Tamil. His Telugu film Rudraveena in 1988 won the Nargis Dutt award for best feature film on national integration and the 1991 Oru Veedu Iru Vaasalwon the National award for best film on other social issues.
He had also won the Padma Shri in 1987 and was honoured with the title Kalaimamani by the Tamil Nadu government in 1973 and various awards from government of Andhra Pradesh.
Born in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu in July 1930, Balachander came into prominence as a playwright with his dynamic plays like Major Chandrakanth,Server Sundaram, Naanal and Neerkumizhi
These plays enjoyed huge popular and critical acclaim.
He entered the film industry in 1965 and shot into fame with his very first filmNeerkumizhi starring Nagesh.
For the last few years, Balachander has also turned his attention to the small screen.
The Dadasaheb Phalke award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh and a shawl. The award is given on the recommendations of a committee of eminent persons.
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Congrats K.B sir
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