Malayalam movie character P Balachandran dies at 69

Kottayam, April 5

Noted Malayalam screenplay writer, actor and dramatist P Balachandran passed away at his residence in Vaikom on Monday, film industry sources said here.

He was 69.

Balachandran had been undergoing treatment for illness for the past few months.

During his over three-decade-long career in the field of creative works, Balachandran wrote scripts for several popular Malayalam movies, including ‘Uncle Bun’, ‘Ulladakkam’, ‘Aganidevan’, ‘Pavithram’ and ‘Punaradhivasam.’

Balachandran, who was a trained theatre artiste, also acted in several movies.

Based on the life of noted Malayalam poet P Kunhiraman Nair, he wrote and directed a movie titled ‘Ivan Megharoopan’ in 2012.

Before entering the field of film, Balachandran had proved his skill in the field of drama, winning the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for best playwright in 1989.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the demise of Balachandran. PTI

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