Balachandra Menon

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Balachandra Menon
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Balachandra Menon
Born(1954-01-11) 11 January 1954 (age 61)[1]
OccupationFilm director
actor
scriptwriter
lyricist
film producer
editor
Spouse(s)Varada Menon (1982)
ChildrenAkhil Menon
Bhavana Menon
ParentsShivashankara Pillai
Lalitha Devi
Website
balachandramenon.com
 
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Balachandra Menon
Balachandra Menon.JPG
Balachandra Menon
Born(1954-01-11) 11 January 1954 (age 61)[1]
OccupationFilm director
actor
scriptwriter
lyricist
film producer
editor
Spouse(s)Varada Menon (1982)
ChildrenAkhil Menon
Bhavana Menon
ParentsShivashankara Pillai
Lalitha Devi
Website
balachandramenon.com

Balachandra Menon is an Indian film actor, director, script writer, lyricist, editor and producer who works in Malayalam cinema.[2] He made a number of popular films in the 1980s and 1990s.[3] He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Ismail in the 1998 film Samaantharangal, which was also directed by him.[4]

Along with Fazil and Padmarajan, Menon has introduced new actors into the Malayalam film industry. Actors who made their debut in his films include Shobhana in April 18, Parvathy in Vivahithare Ithile Ithile, Maniyan Pillai Raju in Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai, Karthika in Manicheppu Thurannappol, Annie in Ammayane Sathyam, and Kausalya aka Nandini in 19 April.[5]

Many of his films explore the theme of uncommon relationships between common people. His box office hits in the early 1980s included Chiriyo Chiri, Kaaryam Nissaram and Prasnam Gurutharam.

Personal life[edit]

Balachandra Menon was born in Ambalappuzha in 1954 to Shivashankara Pillai and Lalitha Devi. By virtue of his father being a railway station master, he served at Edava railway station and Menon had his formative years of childhood and adolescence life in this village. He studied at Edava Muslim High School and has narrated nostalgically about his memories about his life in this village in his autobiography Ammayaane Sathyam. He is an alumnus of University College Trivandrum and Fatima Mata National College.[6] Sisters: Sushma and Prema. Wife: Varada Menon. Children: Akhil Menon and Bhavana Menon.[7] Menon enrolled as a lawyer on 30 July 2012, 22 years after completing his degree.[8]

During his early days in Madras, he worked in Nana film weekly as a correspondent. He has completed a diploma in journalism from Trivandrum Press Club

Literary works[edit]

Awards[edit]

Civilian Awards:

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards South:

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmCredited asRoleNotes
ActorDirectorProducerScreenplayStoryDialogue
2013Kadal Kadannu oru MathukkuttyGreen tickYFather Vattathara
2013BuddyGreen tickYShankaran Namboothiri/Shanku Bhai
2009Nammal ThammilGreen tickYRamachandran Nair
2009UtharaswayamvaramGreen tickY'Yamandan' Sreedhara Kurup
2008College KumaranGreen tickY
2008De Ingottu NokkiyeGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYJoji
2007PranayakalamGreen tickYBalagopal
2006ClassmatesGreen tickYProf. Iyer
2005DecemberGreen tickYPatteri
2005RappakalGreen tickYDeva Narayanan
2003Varum Varunnu VannuGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYJohny
2003SaphalamGreen tickYBarrister Nambiar
2002NammalGreen tickYSathyanadhan
2002Krishna GopalakrishnaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGopalakrishnanEditor, Playback Singer,Composer
2001IshtamGreen tickYAnjana's Father
2000Sathyam Sivam SundaramGreen tickY
2000Sathyameva JayatheGreen tickY
1998SamaantharangalGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYIsmailEditor, Composer
1998The TruthGreen tickYChief Minister Madhavan
1997JanathipathyamGreen tickY
1997Krishnagudiyil Oru PranayakalathuGreen tickYPavi
1996April 19Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1996Kanden SeethaiyaiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYUnreleased film
1995Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya SrimanGreen tickYPrabhakaran
1994Sukham SukhakaramGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1993Ammayane SathyamGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYS. Narayanan
1991Nayam VyakthamakkunnuGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1990Kuruppinte Kanakku PustakomGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYVinayachandra KurupEditor, Composer
1990SasnehamGreen tickYThomas Kurien
1990Varthamana KalamGreen tickYJameskutty
1989Najangalude Kochu DoctorGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYJames VargheseEditor
1989Kandathum KettathumGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYP K Krishnankutty
1988David David Mr. DavidGreen tickYDavid
1988IsabellaGreen tickYUnnikrishna Menon
1988JanmandharamGreen tickYPolice Officer
1988KudumbapuranamGreen tickYKrishnanunni
1987Oru MaymasappularayilGreen tickY
1987VilambaramGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYP. K. Nampoothiri
1987Achuvettante VeeduGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYVipinEditor
1986RithubhedamGreen tickYRajan
1986Vivahitare ItihileGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYAppu
1986Thaiku Oru ThalattuGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYTamil film
1985Menicheppu ThurannappolGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1985DaivatheyorthuGreen tickYAniyankuttan
1985Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude ChakkiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYS. NandakumarPlayback Singer, Soundtrack Performer
1984Oru PainkilikathaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYKannan
1984Arante Mulla Kochu MullaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYPrabhakaran
1984April 18Green tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYRavikumar
1983Sesham KazhchayilGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYG K Raja
1983Prasnam GurutharamGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYBalu
1983Karyam NissaramGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYShekhar
1982KilukilukkamGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYMahendran
1982Kelkatha ShabdamGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYLambodharan Nair
1982Ithiri Neram Othiri KaryamGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGeejo
1982Chiriyo ChiriGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYUnni
1981Thenum VayambumGreen tickYBabu Mathew
1981TharattuGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1981Prema GeethangalGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1981Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan PillaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGopinathan
1980Vaiki Vanna VasanthamGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1980KalikaGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1980Ishtamanu PaksheGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1980Aniyatha ValakkalGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1979Radha Enna PennkuttiGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY
1978Uthrada RathriGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickYGreen tickY

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