The legendary cameraman turned director Balu Mahendra passed away yesterday in Chennai. His collaboration with another legend - music director Isaignani Ilayaraja is one of the most long standing accosiations in Tamil/Indian movie industry.
Balu Mahendra who used to work with music director Salil Chowdhury initially started to work with Ilayaraja from Moodupani in 1980. That collaboration lasted till Dir Balu Mahendra’s last movie Thalaimuraigal which released in December 2013.
Some of their best works include Moondram Pirai, Neengal Kettavai, Rettai Vaal Kuruvi, Marupadiyum etc. Apart from Tamil, they also worked in Malayalam and Hindi.
While several other directors switched to latest musical sensations over the years, Director Balu Mahendra was particular about working only with Ilayaraja till his last movie. An endearing and legendary collaboration indeed!