Kailasam Balachander was born on July 9, 1930. He is an Indian producer, director and screenwriter for film. He has directed films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. He is known for his distinct filmmaking style; the films he scripts and directs analyse unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes.
K. Balachander was able to extract from these actors some of their finest acting performances for his films. Prior to his involvement in Indian cinema, he worked as a school teacher in Muthupet, Tiruvarur District, and as a playwright.
Balachandar has always been ahead of his time, be it films or a TV serial. Initially into theatre, he presented plays like "Edhir Neechal", "Navagraham" etc. It was M. G. Ramachandran who had asked him to write dialogues for the film Deiva Thai. After this, more offers to pen dialogues came his way and he was well into script writing. But producers sensing his potential brought him into direction and with Thamarai Nenjam. He later turned a producer and under his banner Kavithalaya Productions presented movies such as Muthu, Roja, Jathi Malli etc., which have left a powerful impact on the audience.
K. Balachander received the Padma Shri award in 1987 from the Indian Government in recognition to his contribution to the arts. His work consists of about hundred films and some popular television serials. He has introduced almost all the major actors and actresses in Tamil like Rajnikanth, Kamalahassan , Sridevi and Chiranjeevi.
Balachander is married to Rajam. The pair has 3 children.