K.Balachandar’s Favorite Movies

K.Balachandar’s Favorite Movies

K. Balachander’s favourite movies are ‘Andha Naal,’ ‘Chandralekha,’ ‘Kalyana Parisu,’ ‘Thillana Mohanambal,’ ‘Pasamalar,’ ‘Ulagam Sutrum Valiban,’ ’16 Vayathinile,’ R 16;Mullum Malarum,’ ‘Kadhal Kottai’ and ‘Kathal.”Andha Naal’ was released in 1954 starring Sivaji Ganesan and Pandaribai. It was the first talkie in India without song or dance.

He liked the way director S. Balachander tackles this experimental film, an unusual attempt at that time. Just like ‘Sivaji’ today, people talked about ‘Chandralekha’ in the past. Produced at a cost of Rs 30 lakhs (a huge sum at that time), it had grand sets. Balachandar had seen it 12 times. ‘Kalyanaparisu,’ a love story, is the first of its kind. He became director Sridhar’s fan after watching it.

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