|Born|| 11 January 1954 |
|Years active||1978 – present|
Varada B. Menon
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.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.
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.
Balachandra Menon was born in Kollamin 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. Sisters: Sushma and Prema. Wife: Varada B. Menon. Children: Akhil Vinayak Menon, Bhavana B. Menon. Menon enrolled as a lawyer on 29 July 2012, 22 years after completing his degree. In 1997, he won the Karshakashree Award for farming from the Government of Kerala.
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.
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Filmfare Awards South:
|2015||Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum||Krishna Das|
|2013||Kadal Kadannu oru Mathukkutty||Father Vattathara|
|2013||Buddy||Shankaran Namboothiri/Shanku Bhai|
|2009||Nammal Thammil||Ramachandran Nair|
|2009||Utharaswayamvaram||'Yamandan' Sreedhara Kurup|
|2008||De Ingottu Nokkiye||Joji|
|2003||Varum Varunnu Vannu||Johny|
|2002||Krishna Gopalakrishna||Gopalakrishnan||Editor, Playback Singer,Composer|
|2000||Sathyam Sivam Sundaram||K.S.K Nambiar|
|1998||The Truth||Chief Minister Madhavan|
|1997||Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu||Pavi|
|1996||Kanden Seethaiyai||Unreleased film|
|1995||Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman||Prabhakaran|
|1993||Ammayane Sathyam||S. Narayanan|
|1990||Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom||Vinayachandra Kurup||Editor, Composer|
|1989||Najangalude Kochu Doctor||James Varghese||Editor|
|1989||Kandathum Kettathum||P K Krishnankutty|
|1988||David David Mr. David||David|
|1987||Vilambaram||P. K. Nampoothiri|
|1986||Thaiku Oru Thalattu||Tamil film|
|1985||Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki||S. Nandakumar||Playback Singer, Soundtrack Performer|
|1984||Oru Painkilikatha||Kannan||Playback Singer|
|1984||Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla||Prabhakaran|
|1983||Sesham Kazhchayil||G K Raja|
|1982||Kelkatha Shabdam||Lambodharan Nair|
|1982||Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam||Geejo|
|1981||Thenum Vayambum||Babu Mathew|
|1981||Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla||Gopinathan|
|1980||Vaiki Vanna Vasantham|
|1979||Radha Enna Pennkutti|
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