Popular actor and producer K Balaji died yesterday due to heart attack. He was 74 years old. He had produced many films including Shivaji Ganesan starrer En Thambi, Thangai, Engirindho Vandhaal, Viduthalai, Vazkhai, Needhipadhi and Rajnikanth starrer Thee and Billa. He had also acted in many films in character and villain roles. He was not well for the last few years. He was under treatment. Last week his kidney failed. He was admitted in a private nursing home at Nungambakkam. He was given dialysis treatment. But last evening his situation became very serious. He passed away at 4.45 PM. His body was brought to his house in Egmore. Today his body will be cremated at 3 PM in Besant Nagar Crematorium.
In the beginning he joined as a production manager in Tharagan Studios. There used to be a lot of shooting those days in this studio. During this period he became friendly with Shivaji and Gemini. In the year 1966 he started his own production house with the name Sujatha Cine Arts. The first film he produced was Annavin Aasai. He made his debut as an actor in the film Avaiyaar. He produced 17 films which had Shivaji in the lead. He also produced films which had Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan in the lead. In all the films he produced he acted in important roles. Balaji’s wife Ananda Valli expired a few years ago. Suresh Balaji was his son. Sujatha and Sujithra are his two daughters. Sujithra has married Malayalam super star Mohan Lal.
Balaji’s marriage day is January 26th. He had the habit of releasing his films on this day. Most of his films were great hits. Balaji who was a leading producer incurred heavy loss at one stage. At that time he even had to sell his cinema camera meant for film shooting. After he stopped producing and acting in films. After a long time he produced the Ajith starrer Kireedom. His son Suresh took care of this production. After this he co produced the film Yaavarum Nalam which had Madhavan in the lead. This film became a hit.