K. Balaji

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Born
Krishnamachari Balaje

(1934-06-24)24 June 1934
Died2 May 2009(2009-05-02) (aged 74) [1]
Nationality Indian
Other namesVillan Balaji
Education
Occupations
  • Film producer
  • actor
Years active1951–2009
Known for Billa (1980)
Spouse
Anandavalli
(died 1996)
Children Suresh Balaje
Sujatha
Suchitra Mohanlal
Parent(s)Krishnamachari
Janaki Devi
Relatives

Krishnamachari Balaji (24 June 1934 2 May 2009) was an Indian film producer and actor. He was a prominent actor in the 1960s and 70s, playing lead, supporting and antagonist roles. He appeared in many Sivaji Ganesan films. [2]

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Early life

Balaji was born in Tamil brahmin family to Krishnamachari and Janaki Devi in Madras, Madras Presidency. He was the grandson of colonial era advocate T. Rangachari. He started acting at an early age, when he performed in school plays and amateur theatre shows. [3]

Career

Balaji contacted S. S. Vasan, then owner of Gemini Studios in 1951, looking for work. He was offered a minor role in Auvaiyar , in which he played the Hindu god Muruga. [4]

Balaji soon understood that he was better off playing a villain or the hero's understudy with a negative angle in films that included Padithaal Mattum Podhumaa, Bale Pandiya , En Kadamai and Thillana Mohanambal .

While working as an actor, he was hired as a manager in Narasu Studios in the southwest suburbs. In the 1960s, after coming into contact with top Hindi actors such as Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar and Tamil stars Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan and actress Savithri, he began to remake Hindi hits in Tamil. His first production was Annavin Aasai , a remake of Chand Aur Sooraj directed by Dulal Guha. The debut production film starred Gemini Ganesan and Savithri in the lead.

He then went on to remake popular Hindi films such as Dushman (1971) and Namak Haraam (1973) both starring Rajesh Khanna, Deewaar (1975), and Qurbani.

He founded Sujatha Cine Arts in 1966. He was also the founder of Sujatha Recording Studio, where sound recordings for most of the big-budget movies of the 1980s and '90s were done.

In 1979 began to produce films in Hindi, including the successful Amardeep .

Family

His wife Anandavalli died in 1996. The couple had three children, Suresh Balaje, Sujatha and Suchitra Mohanlal. Malayalam actor Mohanlal Viswanathan is his son-in-law. He was also the grandfather of Pranav Mohanlal and Suraj Suresh. The comedian Y. G. Mahendran is his nephew through his cousin sister Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy.

Death

Balaji died on 2 May 2009 evening due to multiple organ and kidney failure. He had been hospitalised for over a month.

Partial filmography

As producer

YearFilmDirectorNotes
1966 Annavin Aasai Dada MirasiRemake of Hindi film Chand Aur Suraj
1967 Thangai A. C. Tirulokchandar
1968 En Thambi A. C. TirulokchandarRemake of Telugu film Aastiparulu
1969 Thirudan A. C. TirulokchandarRemake of Telugu film Adrushtavanthalu
1970 Engirundho Vandhaal A. C. TirulokchandarRemake of Telugu film Punarjanma
1972 Raja C. V. Rajendran Remake of Hindi film Johny Mera Naam
1972 Needhi C. V. RajendranRemake of Hindi film Dushman
1974 En Magan C. V. RajendranRemake of Hindi film Be-Imaan
1976 Unakkaga Naan C. V. RajendranRemake of Hindi film Namak Haraam
1977 Dheepam K. Vijayan Remake of Malayalam film Theekkanal
1978 Thyagam K. VijayanRemake of Hindi film Amanush
1978 Nallathoru Kudumbam K. VijayanRemake of Telugu film Alumagalu
1979 Amar Deep R. Krishnamoorthy, K. VijayanRemake of Tamil film Dheepam
1980 Sujatha K. VijayanRemake of Malayalam movie Shalini Ente Kootukari
1980 Billa R. KrishnamoorthyRemake of Hindi film Don
1981 Thee R. KrishnamoorthyRemake of Hindi film Deewaar
1981 Savaal R. KrishnamoorthyRemake of Hindi film Haath Ki Safai
1982 Vazhvey Maayam R. KrishnamoorthyRemake of Telugu film Premabhishekham
1982 Theerpu R. KrishnamoorthyRemake of Malayalam film Ithihasam
1983 Sattam K. VijayanRemake of Hindi film Dostana
1983 Neethibathi R. KrishnamoorthyRemake of Telugu film Justice Chowdary
1984 Vidhi K. VijayanRemake of Telugu film Nyayam Kavali
1984 Niraparaadhi K. VijayanRemake of Hindi film Be Abroo
1985 Bandham K. Vijayan
1985 Kaaval K. VijayanRemake of Hindi film Ardh Satya
1985 Mangamma Sapatham K. VijayanRemake of Hindi film Kasam Paida Karne Wali Ki
1986 Marumagal Karthick RaghunathRemake of Hindi film Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye
1986 Viduthalai K. VijayanRemake of Hindi film Qurbani
1987 Kudumbam Oru Koyil A. C. Tirulokchandar
1987 Vairakkiyam K. VijayanRemake of Telugu film Anasuyamma Gari Alludu
1989 En Rathathin Rathame K. Vijayan, Sundar K. VijayanRemake of Hindi film Mr. India
1989 Dravidan R. KrishnamoorthyRemake of Malayalam film Aryan
1989 Kuttravali RajaRemake of Hindi film Kaal Chakra

As actor

YearFilmCharacter/RoleNotes
1956Madhurkula ManickamTamil film
1958 Anbu Engey RamuTamil film
1959Uthami Petra RathinamTamil film
1959 Sahodhari Tamil film
1960 Engal Selvi Tamil film
1960 Mahalakshmi Tamil film
1960 Vidivelli Tamil film
1960 Pudhiya Pathai Tamil film
1960 Parthiban Kanavu Tamil film
1960 Paavai Vilakku Tamil film
1961 Naaga Nandhini Tamil film
1961 Kappalottiya Thamizhan Tamil film
1961 Mamiyarum Oru Veetu Marumagale Tamil film
1961 Thooya Ullam Tamil film
1962 Policekaran Magal Tamil film
1962 Bale Pandiya RaviTamil film
1962 Padithaal Mattum Podhuma RajuTamil film
1962 Ellorum Vazhavendum Tamil film
1962 Sumaithaangi Tamil film
1963 Aasai Alaigal Tamil film
1963 Ezhai Pangalan Tamil film
1963 Iruvar Ullam Tamil film
1964 En Kadamai Tamil film
1964 Karuppu Panam Tamil film
1964 Aandavan Kattalai Tamil film
1964 Rishyasringar Tamil film
1964 School Master MuraliMalayalam film
1964 Atom Bomb Kochuraghavan PillaiMalayalam film
1965 Anbu Karangal Tamil film
1965 Veera Abhimanyu Tamil film
1965 Vaazhkai Padagu KannabiramTamil film
1965 Kaattu Rani Tamil film
1966 Annavin Aasai Tamil film
1967 Pattanathil Bhootham Tamil film
1967 Maadi Veettu Mappilai Tamil film
1967 Thangai Tamil film
1967 Iruttinte Athmavu ChandranMalayalam film
1967 Adhey Kangal DoctorTamil film
1968 Lakshmi Kalyanam Lakshmi's husbandTamil film
1968 Ragini Malayalam film
1968 En Thambi ViswamTamil film
1968 Thillana Mohanambal Tamil film
1969 Shanti Nilayam Tamil film
1969 Thirudan Tamil film
1969 Gurudhakshaneiy Tamil film
1970 Enga Mama Tamil film
1970 Engirundho Vandhaal Tamil film
1970 Ethirkalam Tamil film
1970 Sorgam Tamil film
1971 Veguli Penn Tamil film
1972 Vasantha Maligai Tamil film
1972KannammaTamil film
1972Thaikku Oru PillaiTamil film
1972 Raja Tamil film
1972 Neethi Tamil film
1974 En Magan Tamil film
1975 Aayirathil Oruthi GopiTamil film
1975 Swamy Ayyappan Malayalam film
1976 Vazhvu En Pakkam MoorthyTamil film
1978 Thyagam Tamil film
1979 Surakshaa Doctor ShivaHindi film
1979 Amar Deep Guest AppearanceHindi film
1980 Billa Tamil film
1980 Jhonny Police OfficerTamil film
1981 Thee JagdishTamil film
1981 Savaal Baba SheakTamil film
1983 Justice Raja CommissionerMalayalam film
1983 Sattam Tamil film
1986 Viduthalai Tamil film

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