Renowned film director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra, whose creations like 'Azhiyatha Kolangal', 'Moontram Pirai', 'Veedu', 'Santhiya Ragam' and 'Vanna Vanna Pookal' has made a remarkable history in Tamil films , died in Chennai on Thursday. He was 75 and is survived by his wife and son.
The legendary director and cinematographer's body will be kept at his film school ‘Cinema Pattarai’ in Dasarathapuram, Saligramam for fans and well-wishers to pay homage.
The director was a native of Amirthakali in Sri Lanka. Balu Mahendra, came to India to study at the Film Institute at Pune. He studied cinematography as he could not get admission into other sepcialisations offered and completed the course with a gold medal in 1969.a