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From Sindhu Bhairavi to Sahana

K. Balachandar always tries to be different. This time, he has come up with yet another innovative idea... of making a teleserial "Sahana" that is a sequel to his popular film, "Sindhu Bhairavi".


SAHANA - A serial telecast by Minbimbangal from Monday to Friday at 9.30 p.m. on Jaya TV is expected to generate a lot of interest in viewers as it is not only by an ace filmmaker and director K. Balachandar, but is a sequel to his successful movie, "Sindhu Bhairavi". As Balachandar himself says, he is continuing the story in the tele-serial from where he left off in his movie. The characters of "Sindhu Bhairavi" are now much older in the serial. As the story unfolds in the serial, the viewers will be able to comprehend the logic behind Balachandar producing "Sindhu Bhairavi" - Part II.

K. 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 Balachandar's way and he was well into script writing. But producers sensing his potential brought him into direction and with "Thamarai Nenjam", he turned a film director.

During the era when films had male-dominated scripts with M.G. Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganesan hogging the limelight and where the heroine had nothing much to do except appear as an ornamental piece, Balachandar showed the courage to break off from the trend and scripted themes with the heroine as the central figure. A woman's place in society, her tribulations, aspirations, dreams, disappointments, achievements are all poignantly portrayed by actresses - Srividya in "Apoorva Ragangal", Pramila in "Arangretram", Sujatha in "Aval Oru Thodar Kathai", Sarita in "Thaneer Thaneer" and "Agnisatchi" and Suhasini in "Sindhu Bhairavi", to name a few movies. His heroines are bold women who will not allow themselves to be doormats. In fact, it is said that using cinema as a medium, Balachandar has been able to make woman aware of her rights.


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. Despite his success in the film industry, Balachandar's first love remains the stage. But as much as he would love to, he does not have the time to stage plays.

To him goes the credit for discovering new talent in acting, direction, and other technical areas, many of whom have made a mark in their respective fields. Superstar Rajnikanth, a discovery of Balachandar and Kamal Hassan, whom he moulded into a great actor, prove this.

From theatre to tinsel world and now into television. His serials, "Kai Alavu Manasu", "Premi", "Jannal" "Anni" and others have not only been successful, but have protrayed women as strong individuals. "This medium helps to reach out to the public. That's why I am into making serials," says Balachandar.

He strongly feels that the three different medium of entertainment — theatre, cinema and television are bound to co-exist. One cannot destroy the other and at any given time the public will see what it wants.

Balachandar usually names his heroines after Carnatic ragams — Srividya was called Bhairavi and Jayasudha as Ranjani in "Apoorva Ragangal", Sulakshana was Bhairavi in "Sindhu Bhairavi" and Khusboo was Sriranjani in "Jathi Malli" and now comes Sahana. Will the viewers be treated to the melodic nuances of the ragam? Wait and watch!

LAKSHMI SUNDARAM

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