Balu Mahendra is no more

Veteran filmmaker Balu Mahendra, who was admitted in a private hospital here after suffering a massive cardiac attack, died without responding to treatment.

Balu Mahendra in a career spanning over four decades had come out with many classics and had worked with legends in the industry. Making his directional debut in 1977 with Kokila, went on to make over 20 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi.

He won five National Film Awards – two for cinematography and many numerous State awards from the governments of Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. His last was Thalaimuraigal, released a couple of months ago.