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Bala Palanisamy is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, working in Tamil cinema. Often considered to be of the finest Indian directors, Bala is widely acclaimed for "revolutionizing Tamil cinema"[3][4][5] through his realistic, dark and disturbing depiction of the working class on celluloid screen.[6][7]

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Bala Palanisamy[1]

1962 (age 56–57)
Narayanathevanpatti, Uthamapalayam, Theni, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationDirector, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1998–present
Muthumalar (m. 2004)

Just within directing a handful of films, his movies went on to win 6 National Awards, 13 State awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, 14 International Festival Awards and numerous coveted state awards which created a storm within the Indian movie scene. Apart from the awards, actors who played lead roles were transformed into brand new avatars and became stars.

Film careerEdit

Bala made his directorial debut with Sethu in 1999, that gave a break to Vikram, the film's lead actor, who was also struggling in the Tamil film industry for almost a decade without a hit and recognition. More than 60 distributors saw the film and hesistated to screen it because of its tragic ending. The film was released on a low profile without any advertisement but after the first days the film started running to packed houses just through 'word of mouth'.[8][9] The film was said to have initiated a 'new wave'[10] as it received critical acclaim and became a hit. Its success led to remakes in Kannada (Huchcha), Telugu (Seshu) and Hindi (Tere Naam) languages.


Bala is unique in many ways. The way he changed Tamil cinema's character was commendable ... There were many who tried for a change. Among the new generation of filmmakers, Bala leads the pack in bringing a change in Tamil cinema's outlook and approach."|source=—Malayalam film-maker Shaji N. Karun who headed the jury of the 56th National Film Awards[11]



  1. ^ "Varmaa controversy: Director Bala says he stepped down after he was asked to make changes to the Dhruv Vikram-starrer". Cinema Express. 9 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  2. ^ "The Hindu : A star-studded wedding".
  3. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  4. ^ Naan Kadavul fever begins worldwide!. (3 February 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  5. ^ Pyramid Saimira releasing Naan kadavul in USA. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  6. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  7. ^ Bala's change for Soundarya. (24 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  8. ^ The Hindu : About maternal bond. (19 October 2001). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  9. ^ 'You can't compare Bala to anyone else'. (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  10. ^ Exclusive: Bala on Naan Kadavul, God and faith. (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  11. ^ Vilakudy, Rajaneesh (28 January 2010). "I never expected a film like Naan Kadavul from Tamil". Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  12. ^ "First look of Jyothika-Bala film". The Times of India. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Naachiyar first look: Suriya unveils Jyothika's never-seen-before avatar, see pics". Indian Express. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Jyothika, G.V. Prakash to star in Bala's next". The Hindu. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017.

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