Balu Mahendra is a film director from South India.He started his film career as a cameraman for the Malayalam film Nellu in 1974 which got him the best cinematographer award from the Government of India.
He has been chosen the best cinematographer for as many as ten films. He pioneered innovative camera style for colour in South India.
He has handled social issues like red tapism, corruption and old age in films like Sandhya Raagam. The women in his films come out strongly as can be seen in Veedu (Tamilzh).
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