Indian cinema has lost one of its most flamboyant personalities. I don’t think that any other person has excelled in cinema’s various forms as Balu Mahendra has — as a very successful cinematographer, script writer, editor and director. It is a pity that he slowed down his pace of working; else we may have had many more treasures from him. To say that you watched a Balu Mahendra film meant that you had had a wholesome viewing experience. He was the “Moondram Pirai (the Crescent Moon)” of Indian cinema.

A.P. Thiruvadi,

Chennai

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