Filmmaker Bala turns a year older today. The man is loved by audiences in Tamil Nadu. Bala who was an assistant of venerated filmmaker Balu Mahendra has directed some award-winning movies. He is the one who made Chiyaan Vikram a star with his film, Sethu that was remade in so many Indian languages. His films like Nandha, Pithamagan and Naan Kadavul have got many awards. In fact, in his career he has bagged a total of six National Awards. On the occasion of his birthday, his protege, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar had a emotional birthday wish for him. She shared their pictures and wrote, “Happpppppyyyy birthdayyyyyyy to my god…!!!! He made me the actress I am today…!!! I’m forever in your debt… Happy birthday #balasir god bless you..!!!! Your suravalliiiiiiiii…!!!!!”
Bala directed Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the film, Tharai Thappattai,where she played the role of a dancer, Sooravali. The movie won an award for its music at the 63rd National Film Awards. It was Illayaraja’s 1000th film. Varalaxmi was much appreciated for her performance as a dancer. Critics had appreciated the dark film about love immensely. Of late, she became popular for her negative role in Sarkar.
In an old interview, she had spoken about her selection for the film. She said, “One day, my friend Sangeetha Krish called and suggested we meet Bala sir. We met him at a recording studio where the RR for his earlier film Paradesi was going on. In the next two days, he screen-tested me, and then gave me an envelope with his name Bala written on it — telling me that he’d selected me for the role of a Karagattam dancer in Thaarai Thappattai. I went speechless — it was the best moment of my life.”