|Born||5 August 1934|
2 May 2009 74) (aged|
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Cause of death||Renal failure|
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation||Film actor, producer|
|Known for||Billa (1980) – Producer|
|Spouse(s)||Anandavally (died in 1995)|
K. Balaji (5 August 1934 – 2 May 2009) was an Indian film producer and actor best known for his Tamil films, particularity films such as the Rajinikanth-starrer Billa (1980) and Kamal Haasan-starrer Vazhvey Maayam (1982). He was the father-in-law of actor Mohanlal. His son is the producer Suresh Balaje.
Balaji's mother was Malayalee and his father was Tamil. He was the grandson of colonial era advocate T. Rangachari. His interest in acting began when he performed in school plays and amateur theatre shows.
His quest for a space in showbiz led Balaji to the office of S. S. Vasan, then owner of Gemini Studios in 1951. Vasan was not very keen to work with a newcomer but gave him a minor role in Auvaiyar, in which he played Hindu god Muruga.
Slowly he managed to land meatier roles and was featured as a male lead in a few films.
Even as the career was taking shape, he was hired as a manager in Narasu Studios in the southwest suburbs.
In that capacity, he discovered his true calling in the 1960s after coming into contact with top Hindi actors such as Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar and Tamil stars Sivaji Ganesan and Gemini Ganesan and actress Savithri, who advised him to remake Hindi hits into Tamil with leading actors.
Since the 1960s, all the top Hindi blockbusters such as Dushman (1971) starring Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan's Deewar (1975) and Namak Haraam (1973) were remade in Tamil by Balaji, who always used top stars as his male leads like late Sivaji Ganeshan and thespians Rajnikanth and Kamal Hasan. He founded Sujatha Cine Arts in 1966. He was also the founder of Sujatha Recording Studio, where sound recordings for most of the big-budget movies of the 1980s and '90s were done.
He had three children — Suresh Balaje, Sujatha and Suchitra Mohanlal. Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is his son-in-law. His wife Anandavally died in 1995. He was also the grandfather of Pranav Mohanlal and Sooraj Balaji. Famous comedian Y.G Mahendra is his nephew through his sister Mrs. Rajalakshmi Parthasarathy.
Balaji died on 2 May 2009 evening due to multiple organ and renal failure. He had been hospitalised for over a month.
|1966||Annavin Aasai||Dada Mirasi|
|1968||Thangai||A. C. Tirulokchandar|
|1968||En Thambi||A. C. Tirulokchandar||Remake of Telugu film Aastiparulu|
|1969||Thirudan||A. C. Tirulokchandar||Remake of Telugu film Adrushtavanthalu|
|1972||Raja||C. V. Rajendran||Remake of Hindi film Johny Mera Naam|
|1972||Needhi||C. V. Rajendran||Remake of Hindi film Dushman|
|1974||En Magan||C. V. Rajendran||Remake of Hindi film Be-Imaan|
|1976||Unakkaga Naan||C. V. Rajendran||Remake of Hindi film Namak Haraam|
|1977||Dheepam||K. Vijayan||Remake of Malayalam film Theekkanal|
|1978||Thyagam||K. Vijayan||Remake of Hindi film Amanush|
|1978||Nallathoru Kudumbam||K. Vijayan||Remake of Telugu film Alumagalu|
|1979||Amar Deep||R. Krishnamoorthy, K. Vijayan||Remake of Tamil film Dheepam|
|1980||Billa||R. Krishnamoorthy||Remake of Hindi film Don|
|1981||Thee||R. Krishnamoorthy||Remake of Hindi film Deewaar|
|1982||Vazhvey Maayam||R. Krishnamoorthy||Remake of Telugu film Premabhishekham|
|1983||Sattam||K. Vijayan||Remake of Hindi film Dostana|
|1983||Neethibathi||R. Krishnamoorthy||Remake of Telugu film Justice Chowdary|
|1984||Vidhi||K. Vijayan||Remake of Telugu film Nyayam Kavali|
|1985||Kaaval||K. Vijayan||Remake of Hindi filmArdh Satya|
|1986||Marumagal||Karthick Raghunath||Remake of Hindi film Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye|
|1986||Viduthalai||K. Vijayan||Remake of Hindi film Qurbani|
|1987||Kudumbam Oru Koyil||A. C. Tirulokchandar|
|1989||En Rathathin Rathame||K. Vijayan, Sundar K. Vijayan||Remake of Hindi film Mr. India|
|1989||Dravidan||R. Krishnamoorthy||Remake of Malayalam filmAryan|
|1959||Uthami Petra Rathinam'||Tamil|
|1962||Bale Pandiya||Ravi||Tamil film|
|1962||Padithaal Mattum Podhuma||Raju||Tamil film|
|1964||School Master||Murali||Malayalam film|
|1964||Atom Bomb||Kochuraghavan Pillai||Malayalam film|
|1965||Vaazhkai Padagu||Kannabiram||Tamil film|
|1967||Iruttinte Athmavu||Chandran||Malayalam film|
|1967||Adhey Kangal||doctor||Tamil film|
|1975||Swamy Ayyappan||Malayalam film|
|1976||Vazhvu En Pakkam||Moorthy||Tamil film|
|1979||Surakshaa||Doctor Shiva||Hindi film|
|1979||Amar Deep||Guest Appearance||Hindi film|
|1983||Justice Raja||Commissioner||Malayalam film|
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