National Award-winning lyricist and eminent poet Vairamuthu will be erecting a statue of late legendary filmmaker K. Balachander. The lyricist says that the statue will be in the honour of the legendary filmmaker and his immense contribution to Tamil cinema.
This probably is the first time that a statue is being erected for a filmmaker in a state where only top stars have had this privilege of having a statue. Admirers and fans of stars like Gemini Ganesan and MGR have built statues across the state of Tamil Nadu in their fond memory.
“Balachander’s contribution to Tamil cinema is immense and it has inspired many generations to come. He belongs to the group of people who need to be remembered for their work. Through this statue, I would like to honour the legend and a close friend,” Vairamuthu told a news agency.
The statue will be erected in Balachander‘s native town Nallamangudi in Nannilam, Tiruvarur district, and it will be inaugurated on July 9, which is Balachancer’s 87th birth anniversary. Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, director Mani Ratnam and director Vasanth are to attend over the inaugural ceremony of Balachander’s statue
“The bust-level statue is made of bronze and weighs 80 kg and it will be installed in the house where Balachander grew up,” said Vairamuthu.
Recalling his long-standing relationship with the Dada Saheb Phalke award winner K. Balachander, Vairamuthu said: “Kamal Haasan had introduced me to him. I met him for the first time when he was making ‘Thanneer Thanneer’. I’ll treasure my work in films such as Punnagai Mannan and Duet.”