Balachandar had the uncanny knack of spotting talent. He has been responsible for bringing into limelight and molding many stars of the present day. In his career, his contribution to the Tamil film industry is marked by the introduction of more than 65 actors, actresses and technicians, including Mozart of Madras and double Oscar winning musician A R Rahman.
He introduced many other talents to Tamil cinema like Sarita, Sujata, Prameela, Sumitra, Jayachitra, Jayasudha (all Tamil and Telugu), who portrayed his sensitive middle class characters with aplomb under his guidance, Nasser and Prakash Raj. Many of his juniors who learnt the craft under him are presently among the young blood in the industry.