Malayalam Actor N. L. Balakrishnan Dead
The 72-year-old actor was suffering from prolonged illness for some time.
A diploma-holder in painting, Balakrishnan entered the tinsel world as a still photographer and later turned to acting.
He was associated with over 170 films as still photographer and appeared in major and minor roles in around 180 movies. His performances in movies like Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thadikal, Pattanapravesham and Joker won him appreciation.
Balakrishnan's close association with eminent filmmakers like G Aravindan, John Abraham, Bharathan and Padmarajan helped him in becoming a frequent presence in parallel cinema of the 1970s and 80s.
N. L. Balakrishnan hailed from Powdikonam near Chempazhanthy in Thiruvananthapuram. He obtained a diploma in painting from College of Fine Arts Trivandrum and got training in photography from various studios in Trivandrum such as Metro Studio, Sivan Studio and Rupalekha Studio. K. Neelakanta Pillai of Rupalekha Studio introduced Balakrishnan to film producer Sobhana Parameswaran Nair who made him work as a still photographer in the super hit film Kallichellamma (1967).
Balakrishnan is best known for his work in the films of master director G. Aravindan. He worked with Aravindan in 11 films including Kanchana Sita, Pokkuveyil, Chidambaram and Vasthuhara. Balakrishnan worked with Adoor Gopalakrishnan in five films: Prathisandhi (documentary film conceived for UNICEF), Swayamvaram, Kodiyettam, Mukhamukham and Elippathayam.
He was also part of numerous other parallel films of the 1970s and 1980s. He worked with other directors including John Abraham, K. P. Kumaran, Lenin Rajendran, P. Padmarajan, Bharathan and K. G. George as well as with commercial movie-makers such as Sathyan Anthikad. With Padmarajan, Balakrishnan associated in eight films including Peruvazhiyambalam, Oridathoru Phayalvaan, Novemberinte Nashtam, Innale and Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal. Bhadran's Spadikam (1995) was the last film he worked as a still photographer.
The actor is survived by his wife Nalini.