Dadasaheb Phalke awardee director was 84. Balachander was ailing for some time and was admitted to the Kaveri Hospital here where he breathed his last. He was suffering from a urinary infection and other age-related ailments.

"Balachander sir passed away. He was recovering well over the last few days but his condition deteriorated this morning," his manager said.

Balachander has over 150 films to his credit including 'Aval Ora Thodar Kathai', 'Avargal', 'Varumayin Niram Sigappu' and '47 Natkal'.

He was also instrumental in bringing talents like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Saritha and Prakash Raj to the industry.

In Hindi, he directed 'Aaina', 'Ek Duuje Ke Liye' and 'Ek Nahi Paheli'. Most of his films in other languages were remakes of his own Tamil films. Balachander was a recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1987.

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