Tamil filmmaker to be feted

Tamil filmmaker to be feted
Veteran Tamil filmmaker K. Balachander

Veteran Tamil film-maker K. Balachander will be given a lifetime achievement award on Dec 1 for his contributions to cinema by Raindrops, a Chennai-based social organisation.

A statement from Raindrops said: "K. Balachander will be awarded the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to cinema over the last few decades."

At the event, the social organisation will also launch a calendar, Maatram Thedi - Be The Change 2014, on the occasion of World AIDS Day, which falls on Dec 1.

The calendar will feature achievers across various walks of life with a strong social message in order to raise funds for the education of children living with the HIV virus, reported Indo-Asian News Service.

"The rationale behind this project is that first, it will show the pictures of achievers whom the common people can take inspiration from, after all inspiration is caught and not taught; second, the proceeds go towards a noble cause," the statement added.

Balachander will release the first copy of the calendar and the money from its sales will be donated to a fund for the education of children who have been infected with HIV.

Balachander began his career in the south Indian film industry in the 1960s and has more than 100 films to his credit, either as a director or a screenwriter. He is credited with launching the careers of top Tamil film stars like Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.

To date, he has won nine National Film Awards and was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 1987. He is also the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema.

Balachander's production house, Kavithalaya Productions, which was opened in 1981, has been producing films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi.

His Bollywood film Ek Duuje Ke Liye, which marked the entry of Kamal Hassan in Hindi films, was a huge critical and commercial success. The film was also noted for the debut of playback singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam in Hindi films.


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