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Balachandra Menon
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Balachandra Menon
Born (1954-01-11) 11 January 1954 (age 68)[1]
Kollam, Kerala, India
Occupation
  • Director
  • actor
  • screenwriter
  • author
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • producer
  • distributor
  • editor
  • singer
  • composer
Years active1978 – present
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s)
Varada B. Menon
(m. 1982)
Children2
  • Akhil Vinayak Menon (son)
  • Bhavana B Menon (daughter)
Parent(s)Sivasankara Pillai, Lalitha Devi
Websitebalachandramenon.com

Balachandra Menon (Malayalam: ബാലചന്ദ്ര മേനോൻ) (born 11 January 1954) is an Indian 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.[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 a 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 Cinema 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 for the film weekly Nana 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

Year Film Credited as Role Notes
Actor Director Producer Screenplay Story Dialogue
2021 One Green tickY Dr.sreekar varma
2018 Ennaalum Sarath..? Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
2016 Oozham Green tickY Krishnamoorthy
2015 Njan Samvidhanam Cheyyum Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Krishna Das
2013 Kadal Kadannu oru Mathukkutty Green tickY Father Vattathara
2013 Kunjananthante Kada Green tickY
2013 Buddy Green tickY Shankaran Namboothiri/Shanku Bhai
2009 Nammal Thammil Green tickY Ramachandran Nair
2009 Utharaswayamvaram Green tickY 'Yamandan' Sreedhara Kurup
2008 College Kumaran Green tickY
2008 De Ingottu Nokkiye Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Joji
2007 Pranayakalam Green tickY Balagopal
2006 Classmates Green tickY Prof. Iyer
2005 December Green tickY Patteri
2005 Rappakal Green tickY Deva Narayanan
2003 Varum Varunnu Vannu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Johny
2003 Saphalam Green tickY Barrister Nambiar
2002 Nammal Green tickY Sathyanadhan
2002 Album Green tickY Jeeva's father Tamil film
2002 Krishna Gopalakrishna Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Gopalakrishnan Editor, playback singer, composer
2001 Ishtam Green tickY Anjana's Father
2000 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Green tickY K.S.K Nambiar
2000 Sathyameva Jayathe Green tickY
1998 Samaantharangal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ismail Editor, composer
1998 The Truth Green tickY Chief Minister Madhavan
1997 Janathipathyam Green tickY
1997 Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu Green tickY Pavi
1996 April 19 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1996 Kanden Seethaiyai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Unreleased film
1995 Avittam Thirunaal Aarogya Sriman Green tickY Prabhakaran
1994 Sukham Sukhakaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1993 Ammayane Sathyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY S. Narayanan
1991 Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1990 Kuruppinte Kanakku Pustakom Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Vinayachandra Kurup Editor, composer
1990 Sasneham Green tickY Thomas Kurien
1990 Noottonnu Raavukal Green tickY Vishnu
1990 Varthamana Kalam Green tickY Jameskutty
1989 Najangalude Kochu Doctor Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY James Varghese Editor
1989 Kandathum Kettathum Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY P K Krishnankutty
1988 Oohakachavadam Green tickY Alex
1988 David David Mr. David Green tickY David
1988 Isabella Green tickY Unnikrishna Menon
1988 Janmandharam Green tickY Police Officer
1988 Kudumbapuranam Green tickY Krishnanunni
1987 Oru Maymasappularayil Green tickY
1987 Vilambaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY P. K. Nampoothiri
1987 Achuvettante Veedu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Vipin Editor
1986 Rithubhedam Green tickY Rajan
1986 Vivahitare Itihile Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Appu
1986 Thaiku Oru Thalattu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Tamil film
1985 Manicheppu Thurannappol Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1985 Daivatheyorthu Green tickY Aniyankuttan
1985 Ente Ammu Ninte Thulasi Avarude Chakki Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY S. Nandakumar Playback singer, soundtrack performer
1984 Oru Painkilikatha Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kannan Playback singer
1984 Arante Mulla Kochu Mulla Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Prabhakaran
1984 April 18 Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ravikumar
1983 Sesham Kazhchayil Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY G K Raja
1983 prashnam gurutharam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Balu
1983 Karyam Nissaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Shekhar
1982 Kilukilukkam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Mahendran
1982 Kelkatha Shabdam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Lambodharan Nair
1982 Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Geejo
1982 Chiriyo Chiri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Unni
1981 Thenum Vayambum Green tickY Babu Mathew
1981 Tharattu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1981 Prema Geethangal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1981 Maniyan Pilla Adhava Maniyan Pilla Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Gopinathan
1980 Vaiki Vanna Vasantham Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1980 Kalika Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1980 Ishtamanu Pakshe Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1980 Aniyatha Valakal Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1979 Radha Enna Pennkutti Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1978 Uthrada Rathri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY

Television

As a singer

References

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  6. ^ "CiniDiary". CiniDiary. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Actor Balachandra Menon enrolled as lawyer". Chennai, India: www.thehindu.com. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
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  9. ^ "CM Oommen Chandy releases Balachandra Menon's memoir". 3 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Ace director, master storyteller". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 7 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Balachandra Menon's New Book Released".
  12. ^ "Ithri Neram Othiri Karyam". Manorama Online. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
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