K. Balachandar is always remembered for his colossal contributions to the Tamil film industry. He is the person, who introduced the greatest living legends of Indian film industry – Superstar Rajinikanth and Padmashree Kamal Hassan.
Recently,the filmmaker was invited to take part on the occasion of honoring Kamal Hassan for his 50 years of successful filmdom by Kerala State Government. However, the auteur couldn"t make his presence felt for the event due to his illness.
But, he has expressed his words of praises for Kamal Hassan in 7 pages letter. Says K. Balachandar: “Rajinikanth stands tall, for the entire world to see. Kamal Hassan, however, straddles the whole world. Rajinikanth is a phenomenon. Kamal is an icon, a monarch of all he surveys!"
Adding more, K. Balachandar utters, “Thomas Alva Edison is credited with discovering electricity. Alexander Bell the telephone, RL Stevenson the Steam Locomotive, Macroni the Radio. The Lumiere Brothers the moving picture to tell stories. I am too fortunate to find a place amongst these discoverers. Because I am credited with discovering Kamal Hassan. In truth, I did not discover Kamal Hassan; I only gave him the platform and the opportunity to discover himself. In the process, I was blessed enough to discover myself!"