In a still photography career that began in 1967, he was part of close to 170 films and when he took to acting for the first time in 1986, he donned the grease paint in another 170 films.
'Dhaivethinte Swanthem Cleetus' starring Mammootty and released last year was his last film. Balakrishnan was keeping unwell for quite some time and was in and out of hospital often. He came out with flying colours in the roles which were offered to him, irrespective of the length of the roles.
Known for his simple lifestyle, Balakrishnan was always the centre of attraction in the shooting locations on account of his wit and humour. The funeral will take place on Friday evening.