Balachandra Menon

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Balachandra Menon
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Balachandra Menon
Born (1954-01-11) 11 January 1954 (age 67) [1]
Kollam, Kerala, India
Occupation
  • Director
  • actor
  • screenwriter
  • author
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • producer
  • distributor
  • editor
  • singer
  • composer
Years active1978 – present
Spouse(s)
Varada B. Menon
(m. 1982)
Children2
Website balachandramenon.com

Balachandra Menon (born 11 January 1954) is an Indian film actor, director and script writer. He made a number of films in the 1980s and 1990s. He has directed 40 films and has acted in over 100 films. [2] He won two National film awards including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as station master Ismail the 1998 film Samaantharangal , which was also directed by him. He has also worked as distributor, editor, composer, singer and producer in the Malayalam film industry. He has found space in the Limca Book of Records for the maximum number of films directed, scripted and acted in.

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Menon has introduced many actors into the Malayalam film industry. Actors who made their debut in his films include Shobana in April 18 , Parvathy in Vivahithare Ithile , Maniyanpilla Raju in Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla , Karthika in Manicheppu Thurannappol , Annie in Ammayane Sathyam , and Nandini in April 19. [3]

Personal life

Balachandra Menon was born in Kollam [4] in 1954 to Shivashankara Pillai and Lalitha Devi. By virtue of his father being a railway station master, he served at Edava railway station and Menon had his formative years of childhood and adolescence life in this village. He studied at Edava Muslim High School and has narrated nostalgically about his memories about his life in this village in his autobiography Ammayaane Sathyam. He is an alumnus of University College Trivandrum, Fatima Mata National College, Kollam and Kerala Law Academy Law College, Thiruvananthapuram. [5] Sisters: Sushma and Prema. Wife: Varada B. Menon. Children: Akhil Vinayak Menon, Bhavana B. Menon. [6] Menon enrolled as a lawyer on 29 July 2012, 22 years after completing his degree. [7] In 1997, he won the Karshakashree Award for farming from the Government of Kerala. [8]

During his early days in Madras, he worked in Nana film weekly as a correspondent. He has completed a diploma in journalism from Press Club, Trivandrum.

Literary works

Awards

Civilian Awards:

National Film Awards:

Kerala State Film Awards:

Filmfare Awards South:

Others:

Filmography

YearFilmCredited asRoleNotes
ActorDirectorProducerScreenplayStoryDialogue
2018 Ennaalum Sarath..? Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
2016 Oozham Green check.svgKrishnamoorthy
2015 Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgKrishna Das
2013 Kadal Kadannu oru Mathukkutty Green check.svgFather Vattathara
2013 Kunjananthante Kada Green check.svg
2013 Buddy Green check.svgShankaran Namboothiri/Shanku Bhai
2009 Nammal Thammil Green check.svgRamachandran Nair
2009 Utharaswayamvaram Green check.svg'Yamandan' Sreedhara Kurup
2008 College Kumaran Green check.svg
2008 De Ingottu Nokkiye Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgJoji
2007 Pranayakalam Green check.svgBalagopal
2006 Classmates Green check.svgProf. Iyer
2005 December Green check.svgPatteri
2005 Rappakal Green check.svgDeva Narayanan
2003Varum Varunnu VannuGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgJohny
2003 Saphalam Green check.svgBarrister Nambiar
2002 Nammal Green check.svgSathyanadhan
2002 Album Green check.svgTamil film
2002 Krishna Gopalakrishna Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGopalakrishnanEditor, Playback Singer,Composer
2001 Ishtam Green check.svgAnjana's Father
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Green check.svgK.S.K Nambiar
2000 Sathyameva Jayathe Green check.svg
1998 Samaantharangal Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgIsmailEditor, Composer
1998 The Truth Green check.svgChief Minister Madhavan
1997 Janathipathyam Green check.svg
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Green check.svgPavi
1996April 19Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1996 Kanden Seethaiyai Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgUnreleased film
1995 Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman Green check.svgPrabhakaran
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1993 Ammayane Sathyam Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgS. Narayanan
1991 Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1990 Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgVinayachandra KurupEditor, Composer
1990 Sasneham Green check.svgThomas Kurien
1990 Noottonnu Raavukal Green check.svgVishnu
1990 Varthamana Kalam Green check.svgJameskutty
1989 Najangalude Kochu Doctor Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgJames VargheseEditor
1989 Kandathum Kettathum Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgP K Krishnankutty
1988 Oohakachavadam Green check.svgAlex
1988 David David Mr. David Green check.svgDavid
1988 Isabella Green check.svgUnnikrishna Menon
1988 Janmandharam Green check.svgPolice Officer
1988 Kudumbapuranam Green check.svgKrishnanunni
1987 Oru Maymasappularayil Green check.svg
1987 Vilambaram Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgP. K. Nampoothiri
1987 Achuvettante Veedu Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgVipinEditor
1986 Rithubhedam Green check.svgRajan
1986 Vivahitare Itihile Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgAppu
1986 Thaiku Oru Thalattu Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgTamil film
1985 Manicheppu Thurannappol Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1985 Daivatheyorthu Green check.svgAniyankuttan
1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgS. NandakumarPlayback Singer, Soundtrack Performer
1984 Oru Painkilikatha Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgKannanPlayback Singer
1984 Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgPrabhakaran
1984 April 18 Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgRavikumar
1983Sesham KazhchayilGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgG K Raja
1983Prasnam GurutharamGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgBalu
1983 Karyam Nissaram Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgShekhar
1982 Kilukilukkam Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgMahendran
1982 Kelkatha Shabdam Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgLambodharan Nair
1982Ithiri Neram Othiri KaryamGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGeejo
1982 Chiriyo Chiri Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgUnni
1981 Thenum Vayambum Green check.svgBabu Mathew
1981 Tharattu Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1981 Prema Geethangal Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1981 Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGopinathan
1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasantham Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1980 Kalika Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1980 Ishtamanu Pakshe Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1980 Aniyatha Valakal Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1979 Radha Enna Pennkutti Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg
1978 Uthrada Rathri Green check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svgGreen check.svg

Television

As a singer

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