Bala feels that Arya and Pooja deserved recognition at the National level forNK. “I was awarded, but they should have been too. Arya had to go around with that long mane and unkempt beard for almost a year. His costume was just a set of clothes throughout, which had to be worn unwashed. Physically too, he had to learn the asanas really fast. And when the opaque lens was used on her eyes Pooja couldn't see at all. She had to be guided up the hilly terrain. It wasn't easy,” he recalls.
But it's been a bountiful harvest for Tamil films this year. “It isn't enough.MadarasapattinamandAngaadi Theru ought to have been honoured andMynaashould have won a few more awards.”