Balakumaran passes away

Noted author and writer Balakumaran passed away in Chennai today. He breathed his last at the age of 71 at a hospital, Chennai.

He was suffering from breathing-related issues. He had had penned scripts for over 20 Tamil films including blockbusters like Nayakan, Gentleman, Guna, and Baasha.

Some of his popular dialogues include ‘Neenga nallavara? Kettavara?’ and ‘Naan oru dhadava sonna…nooru dhadava sonna maari’.

Balakumaran was born in 1946 in Thirukattupalli in Thanjavur district. He wrote over 150 novels in Tamil and worked as screenplay and dialogue writer for 14 films. He was also regularly writing for periodicals such as Kalki, Ananda Vikatan and Kumudam.

Balakumaran’s contribution to films has largely been in the field of screenplay making and dialogue writing. His skills in crafting the dialogue for any conceivable character are noteworthy in Kollywood.

Mercury pookkal, Irumbhu kudhiraigal, Kadarpala and Krishna Arjunan were some of his well-known novels. Irumbu Kudirai and Mercury Pookkal bagged the Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar Award and Ilakkiya Chinthanai award respectively.

In an interview to The Hindu, the writer said that he only did writing for the money. His work in Tamil film industry also includes Dhanush’s Pudupettai.