Director

Bala’s films often feature complex
themes woven in seemingly simple plots.

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Bala, born on 11 July, 1966, is a Tamil filmdirector, screenwriter and producer. Born in Madurai, Bala is a graduate in Tamil literature from Madurai American College. His training began as an assistant director under acclaimed Tamil Director: BaluMahendra-with whom he worked on five films - all of which won National awards. He broke into the Tamil film industry with "SETHU" in 1999 in an explosive, revitalizing way that brought into focus a new school of auteur movies into Tamil mainstream. Sethu earned widespread critical appreciation and catapulted the leading actor,Vikram, into superstardom overnight. Bala's films often feature thought-provoking themes woven in seemingly simple plots. His films are marked by complex characters, irreverent humour, and are often shot in the locales of his hometown – the flavor and color of which he captures with the eye of a connoisseur. He has a unique voice and is unafraid to delve into topics that are taboo or often ignored by the mainstream. At the same time, his movies have created a connect with people crossing the boundaries of mainstream or art house, with most of his films becoming commercial success. With a career spanning nearly a decade, he has garnered high critical acclaim and has been praised for handling serious issues whilst retaining the entertainment value in his films. His films enjoy a worldwide following and he has become a distinct voice on the stage of Tamil cinema with many aspiring directors, drawing inspiration from his work and emulating his style. His movies, while generally made in the Tamil language are often re-made in languages like Telegu and Hindi owing to their National appeal. His first three films won 13 filmfare awards amongst them. "PITHAMAGAN" has the distinct honor of being the only Tamil movie to be awarded with 6 Filmfare awards. Bala has won the prestigious Kalaimamani Award bestowed by the State of Tamil Nadu in 2007. His 4th film, "NAAN KADAVUL" – starring Arya, Pooja & others – won two National awards at the 56th National Film Awards, 2008 as well as3 State awards at the Tamil Nadu Government Film Awards, 2008. Director Bala won the Best Director award for NaanKadavul . Currently, he is readying for the release of his new venture Paradesi – set in pre-independence India. Bala, apart from directing, has also scripted and produced Paradesi. Bala has ventured into production under his home banner, B Studios. B Studios is committed to bringing quality Tamil movies – movies that are unique, real and entertaining at the same time.



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  • Sethu  (1999)

    Sethu is not an ordinary love story. There is no boy-meets-girl, runs around trees, sings duets or the hero overcoming inane odds to win the woman. This is a story of obsessive love – a love that is all-consuming and powerful enough to drive a person to madness. Sethu, when released in 1999, stood out for his sheer darkness, a complex, haunting love story and stellar performances from a virtually unknown cast at that point in time. The twist in the climax was unpredictable and a rarity when most directors were unwilling to let go of ‘bankable’ feel-good endings.

    The movie blitzed lead actor Vikram into a superstar overnight winning him several awards.

    Cast & Crew

      Cast  Vikram, Abitha, Sivakumar  
      Music Director Illayaraja  
      Cinematography Rathnavel  
      Producer Kandaswamy  

    Awards

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2000 Won 47th National Film Festival Best Regional Film Award
    Tamilnadu Government Award Best Director
    Filmfare
    Cinema Express
    Pepsi Film Awards
    Dinakaran Award
  • Nandha (2001)

    Nandha delves into the psychological realm of man and touches upon the mother-son relationship and the dire consequences of depriving a child the love and attention itdeserves. The movie won wide critical acclaim both at home as well as in Sri Lanka for its sympathetic view towards Sri Lankan refugees. Surya, as the lead character, gave a riveting performance. In his inimitable style, Bala takes you on a journey through dark, twisty passages in our human mind, questions relationships and breaks the mould on every pre-conceived style in Tamil movies.

    Cast & Crew

      Cast  Surya, Laila, Rajkiran, Saravanan, Rajashree  
      Music Director Yuvan Shankar Raja  
      Cinematography Rathnavel  
      Producer Ganesh Raghu, Karthik Radhakrishnan, Venky Narayanan, Rajan Radhakrishnan  

    Awards

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2001 Won 51st Airtel Film Fans Awards Best Director
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Actress – Laila
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Film Special prize
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Actor in Lead Role – Suria
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Cinematographer - R. Rathnavelu
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Actor in Supporting Role - Rajkiran
    2002 Won 22nd Cinema Express Awards Best Director
    2003 Won Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Director
  • Pithamagan  (2003)

    In this movie, Director Bala comes together with his previous two Leads – Vikram and Surya – to create yet another haunting tale. Vikram plays a dysfunctional, often violent, “a Shakspearen “Caliban”esque role who grows up in a crematorium with minimal contact with humanity. The story etches the growth of his relationship with a small-town hustler – Surya and the way it transforms and humanizes him.

    Pithamagan has been doing the rounds at International festivals too. The Royal TropicalInstitute in Amsterdam screened the film along with a few of the best films in Tamil cinema of all time. (April 22, 2005)

    Cast & Crew

      Cast  Vikram, Surya, Laila, Sangeetha, Simran, Karunaas, Mano Bala  
      Music Director Illayaraja  
      Cinematography Balasubramaniam  
      Producer V.A.Durai / Evergreen Movies International  

    Awards

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2004 Won National Award Best Actor - Vikram
    Filmfare Awards Best Film
    Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor - Surya
    Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress - Sangeetha
    Filmfare Award Best Director
    Filmfare Award Best Actor - Vikram
    Filmfare Award Best Actress - Laila
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Actor - Vikram
    Pepsi Film Awards Best Director
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Director
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Actor - Vikram
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Cinematographer - Balasubramanian
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Actress Supporting Role - Sangeetha
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Actor in Comic Role - Karunas
  • Naan Kadavul  (2009)

    Naan Kadavul chronicles the life of Rudran, an ascetic from Varanasi and his trysts with a seemingly normal life in the temple city in south India, Pazhani. Abandoned as a child by his father in a strange land with strange people, he grows up among the sadhus and the babas adapting to their way of life and becomes one of them. The rest of the plot is formed by the interaction between Rudran, a detached ascetic who has no moorings or bonding with the world and how he unwittingly, unwillingly gets sucked into the world of the beggars which leads to drastic, life altering changes to all of them.

    Cast & Crew

      Cast  Aarya, Pooja, Krishnamurthy, Rajendran  
      Music Director Illayaraja  
      Cinematography Arthur A.Wilson  
      Producer K.S. Sreenivasan (Vasans Visual Ventures)   

    Awards

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2009 Won Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Actress - Pooja
    2009 Nominated Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Director
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Actor - Arya
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Film
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Supporting Actor - Rajendran
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Lyricist - Illayaraja
    2010 Won 56th National Award Best Director
    56th National Award Best MakeUp - Sasi & Dasarathan
    Tamilnadu State Award Best Actress - Pooja
    Tamilnadu State Award Best Cinematographer - Arthur A Wilson
    Tamilnadu State Award Best Villain - Rajendran
    Vijay Awards Best Director
    Vijay Awards Best Actress - Pooja
    Vijay Awards Best Villain - Rajendran
    Vijay Awards Best Makeup - Sasi & Dasarathan
  • Avan-Ivan (2011)

    True to Bala's inimitable style, this film explores the fringe elements of society. Unlike his darker fare, Avan Ivan is more a comic satire than a tragi-drama. But that doesn't stop him from etching a film rife with deeply complex and intriguing characters. The story revolves around two half-brothers, played by Arya and Vishal - who despite their differences and rivalry come together to help their godfather. The two protagonists form a perfect foil to each other and often make you question gender stereotypes.

    Cast & Crew

      Cast  Vishal, Arya, Janani Iyer, Madhushalini, G.M.Kumar, R.K  
      Music Director Yuvanshankarraja  
      Cinematography Arthur A.Wilson  
      Producer Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesh, Kalpathi S. Suresh ( AGS Entertainment Pvt Ltd )  

    Award

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2012 Won Vijay Awards Best Choreographer - Suchitra
  • Paradesi (2012)

    Cast & Crew

      Cast  Adharva Murali, Vedhika, Dhanshika  
      Music Director G. V. Prakash Kumar  
      Cinematography Chezhian  
      Producer B Studios  
     


     
 




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  • Sethu

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2000 Won 47th National Film Festival Best Regional Film Award
    Tamilnadu Government Award Best Director
    Filmfare
    Cinema Express
    Pepsi Film Awards
    Dinakaran Award

    Nandha

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2001 Won 51st Airtel Film Fans Awards Best Director
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Actress – Laila
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Film Special prize
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Actor in Lead Role – Suria
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Cinematographer - R. Rathnavelu
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Actor in Supporting Role - Rajkiran
    2002 Won 22nd Cinema Express Awards Best Director
    2003 Won Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Director

    Pithamagan

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2004 Won National Award Best Actor - Vikram
    Filmfare Awards Best Film
    Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor - Surya
    Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress - Sangeetha
    Filmfare Award Best Director
    Filmfare Award Best Actor - Vikram
    Filmfare Award Best Actress - Laila
    Tamilnadu State Awards Best Actor - Vikram
    Pepsi Film Awards Best Director
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Director
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Actor - Vikram
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Cinematographer - Balasubramanian
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Actress Supporting Role - Sangeetha
    Medimix Dinakaran Awards Best Actor in Comic Role - Karunas

    Naan Kadavul

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2009 Won Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Actress - Pooja
    2009 Nominated Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Director
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Actor - Arya
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Film
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Supporting Actor - Rajendran
    Filmfare Awards Best Tamil Lyricist - Illayaraja
    2010 Won 56th National Award Best Director
    56th National Award Best MakeUp - Sasi & Dasarathan
    Tamilnadu State Award Best Actress - Pooja
    Tamilnadu State Award Best Cinematographer - Arthur A Wilson
    Tamilnadu State Award Best Villain - Rajendran
    Vijay Awards Best Director
    Vijay Awards Best Actress - Pooja
    Vijay Awards Best Villain - Rajendran
    Vijay Awards Best Makeup - Sasi & Dasarathan

    Avan Ivan

    Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
    2012 Won Vijay Awards Best Choreographer

  • Best Regional Film Award from Govt. of India at the 47th National film Festival.


  • Best Director Award from Tamilnadu Govt. given by the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Mr.M.Karunanidhi.


  • Best Director Award from Govt of India at 56th National Film Awards 2008.


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