Rajini and others pay tributes to Balakumaran


Legendary writer Balakumaran, who had a great association with Kollywood, passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. The 71-year-old was suffering from breathing difficulties.

Superstar Rajinikanth and a host of Tamil film personalities paid respects to the mortal remains of Balakumaran, which will be cremated at Besant Nagar today.

Balakumaran, who had penned dialogues to a number of movies, was behind the popular lines ‘Naan oru thadava sonna nooru thadava sonna madhiri’ (‘Baasha’) and ‘Neenga nallavara kettavara’ (‘Nayagan’).

With director Shankar, he had worked in ‘Gentleman’, ‘Kadhalan’ and ‘Jeans’. Balakumaran was also behind Ajith’s ‘Mugavari’, Dhanush’s ‘Pudhupettai’ and Simbu’s ‘Manmadhan’.

Born in 1946 in Thirukattupalli in Thanjavur district, he wrote over 150 novels in Tamil. ‘Udayar’, ‘Mercury Pookkal’, ‘Irumbhu Kudhiraigal’, ‘Kadarpala’ and ‘Krishna Arjunan’ were some of his well-known novels.