Prominent novelist and noted film writer Balakumaran passed away couple of days ago at a private hospital in Chennai due to illness. Known for his works in films like Baasha, Naayakan, Gentleman and many other hits, Balakumaran has penned down more than 150 novels and more than 100 short stories. The Tamil film industry attended the last rites of the veteran writer and paid their last respects to him. Many veteran filmmakers and friends paid their tributes to Balakumaran which includes Sivakumar, Nasser and Linguswamy.
Veteran actor Sivakumar paid his final respects to Late Writer Balakumaran. Aftermath, he addressed media and press saying, “Mother has been the basic inspiration behind all his writings. All his works would project the challenges and pains faced by a middle class women and how the society has looked upon them. Writing 150 novels isn’t an easy thing. The magazines like Ananda Vikatan, Kalki and Kumudham have been great support to his writing spree. His passion for the cinema right from his childhood has been unconditional. He has rendering his writing for the top hit movies like Rajinikanth’s Baasha, Kamal Haasan’s Guna, Nayagan, Shankar’s Jeans, Gentleman and many more. He got into spirituality during the age of 45 and his life took a change abruptly in a new dimension… He has done his duties as a family head responsibly. Only his body is mortal, but his soul is immortal, which will be born again through his daughter Gowri and son Suriya.”
Actor Nasser has always shared an unconditional bonding with writer Balakumaran. While paying final respects to the versatile writer, he said, “I met Balakumaran for the first time on the shooting sets of my first film. From then, we had been regularly discussing about many things. Especially, after reading his books, I would have lots to discuss with him. He would always say ‘An individual becomes a better actor when he gets well versed with literature and human values’. I am so happy that I got an opportunity to speak the dialogues he wrote for me in Nayagan. It doesn’t matter how many years he lived, but the pages he wrote. I am sure that till the last print of his books and last print of Nayagan exists, he will be immortal in this world and in us.”