Kollam: Actor-director Balachandra Menon's mother Kandanad R Lalitha Devi (80) died at Kollam on Sunday.
Lalitha Devi is survived by son director Balachandra Menon and two daughters, Prema Kumari and Sushama Kumari. Her body was cremated at Kollam on Monday afternoon. Balachandra Menon's fathers name is late Shri Shiva Shankara Pillai.
While the actor-director's father hails from Aluva, his mother's native town is in Ambalappuzha in Alappuzha (Alleppey) district. Balachandra Menon is married to Varada. He has one son named Akhil Vinayak and daughter Bhavana. He now resides with his family in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Along with Fazil and Padmarajan, Menon has introduced the most newcomers into the Malayalam film industry. The notable ones being Shobhana in April 18, Parvathy Jayaram in Vivahithare Ithile Ithile, Maniyan Pillai Raju in Maniyan Pillai Athava Maniyan Pillai, Karthika in Manicheppu Thurannappol, Annie in Ammayane Sathyam and Nandini (Kausalya) in April 19.