Kailasam Balachander is an Indian producer, director and screenwriter for film. He has directed films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam,. He is known for his distinct filmmaking style the films he scripts and directs analyse unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes. In his career, he has contributed to the Tamil film industry in South India, and has introduced hundreds of actors, actresses into Tamil cinema including Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Prakashraj and Vivek.
Known amongst actors as a tough taskmaster, K. Balachander was able to extract from these actors some of their finest acting performances for his films. Prior to his involvement in Indian cinema, he worked as a school teacher in Muthupet, Tiruvarur District, and as a playwright.
Balachandar has always been ahead of his time, be it films or a TV serial. Initially into theatre, he presented plays like Edhir Neechal, Navagraham etc. It was M. G. Ramachandran who had asked h