Legendary Tamil writer Balakumaran (71) passed away today due to age-related ailments. The writer breathed his last at a private hospital here in Chennai. Besides his phenomenal contribution to Tamil literature, Balakumaran was a celebrated writer in Tamil film industry. Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan’s Nayakan was the first major breakthrough for Balakumaran in Kollywood.
Impressed with his work, Kamal retained Balakumaran in Guna and the writer worked with director Shankar in Gentleman, Kadhalan and Jeans. Baasha, one of the biggest blockbusters in Rajinikanth’s career had dialogues written by Balakumaran.
Thala Ajith’s Citizen, Mugavaree, STR’s Manmadhan, and Selvaraghavan’s Pudhupettai were some of the other notable works of Balakumaran in Kollywood. Balakumaran had also worked work on a script with Vishnuvardhan but for some reasons, the project didn’t materialize.