Bala (director)

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Bala
Bala Paradesi Shoot.jpg
Born Bala Subramanian
1966 (age 51–52)
Narayanathevanpatti, Uthamapalayam, Theni, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Muthumalar
Children Prarthana

Bala (born Bala Subramanian) is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and producer, working in Tamil cinema. Bala is widely acclaimed for "revolutionizing Tamil cinema"[1][2][3] through his realistic, dark and disturbing depiction of the working class on celluloid screen.[4][5]

Just within directing a handful of films, his movies went on to win 6 National Awards, 13 State awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, 14 International Festival Awards and numerous coveted state awards which created a storm within the Indian movie scene. Apart from the awards, actors who played lead roles were transformed into brand new avatars and became stars.

Film career

Bala made his directorial debut with Sethu in 1999, that gave a break to Vikram, the film's lead actor, who was also struggling in the Tamil film industry for almost a decade without a hit and recognition. More than 60 distributors saw the film and hesistated to screen it because of its tragic ending. The film was released on a low profile without any advertisement but after the first days the film started running to packed houses just through 'word of mouth'.[6][7] The film was said to have initiated a 'new wave'[8] as it received critical acclaim and became a hit. Its success led to remakes in Kannada (Huchcha), Telugu (Seshu) and Hindi (Tere Naam) languages.

Quotes

Bala is unique in many ways. The way he changed Tamil cinema's character was commendable ... There were many who tried for a change. Among the new generation of filmmakers, Bala leads the pack in bringing a change in Tamil cinema's outlook and approach."|source=—Malayalam film-maker Shaji N. Karun who headed the jury of the 56th National Film Awards[9]

Filmography

Year Film Credited as Awards/Nominations
Director Writer Producer
1999 Sethu Yes Yes No
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Filmfare Special Award – South
Cinema Express Award for Best Film – Tamil
2001 Nandha Yes Yes No
Best Film - Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer – South
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
22nd Cinema Express Award for Best Director– Tamil
22nd Cinema Express Award for Best Popular Actor– Surya
22nd Cinema Express Award for Best Lyricist– Tamil
2003 Pithamagan Yes Yes No
National Film Award for Best Actor
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Female)
ITFA Best Director Award
ITFA Best Actress Award
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil
2005 Maayavi No No Yes
2009 Naan Kadavul Yes Yes No
National Film Award for Best Direction
National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Female)
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Cinematographer
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Villain
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
Best Actor - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Vijay Award for Best Director
Vijay Award for Best Actress
Vijay Award for Best Villain
Vijay Award for Best Make Up Artistes
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Film – Tamil
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – Tamil
2011 Avan Ivan Yes Yes No
Vijay Award for Best Choreographer
Special Jury Award - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
Nominated (Best Actor) - 1st South Indian International Movie Awards
2013 Paradesi Yes Yes Yes
National Film Award for Best Costume Design
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Female Dubbing Artist
London International Film Festival - Best Cinematographer
London International Film Festival - Best Costume Designer
South Indian Cinematographers Association (SICA) Awards - Best Director
Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
Vijay Award for Best Director
Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
Vijay Award for Best Costume Designer
Vijay Award for Best Make Up Artistes
Best Director - 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards
Best Film (Special Appreciation) - 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards
Best Film - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
Best Director - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
Best Cinematographer - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
Best Actor - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
Special Jury Award - 11th Chennai International Film Festival
Best Director - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Best Film - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Best Actor - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Best Supporting Actress - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Best Cinematographer - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
Best Costume Designer - Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards
2014 Pisaasu No No Yes
2015 Chandi Veeran No No Yes
2016 Tharai Thappattai Yes Yes Yes
Best Music Direction (Background Score) - 63rd National Film Awards
Best Actress - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
Best Villain - Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards
2018 Naachiyaar Yes Yes Yes [10][11][12]
TBA Varma Yes No No Filming[13]

References

  1. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. indiatimes.com (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  2. ^ Naan Kadavul fever begins worldwide!. Sify.com (3 February 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  3. ^ Pyramid Saimira releasing Naan naduvil in USA. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  4. ^ Bala: Man of the moment. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (25 January 2010). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  5. ^ Bala's change for Soundarya. Behindwoods.com (24 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  6. ^ The Hindu : About maternal bond. Hinduonnet.com (19 October 2001). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  7. ^ 'You can't compare Bala to anyone else'. Specials.rediff.com (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  8. ^ Exclusive: Bala on Naan Kadavul, God and faith. Specials.rediff.com (10 March 2009). Retrieved on 21 June 2011.
  9. ^ Vilakudy, Rajaneesh (28 January 2010). "I never expected a film like Naan Kadavul from Tamil". Rediff.com. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "First look of Jyothika-Bala film". The Times of India. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Naachiyar first look: Suriya unveils Jyothika's never-seen-before avatar, see pics". Indian Express. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Jyothika, G.V. Prakash to star in Bala's next". The Hindu. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Pudipeddi, Haricharan (3 March 2018). "Varma, Arjun Reddy Tamil remake, starts rolling". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 

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