Bala (born July 11, 1966 (age 42) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India), is a critically acclaimed Tamil film director, writer and producer of the Chennai film industry in South India.
Bala was born on July 11, 1966 (age 42) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India in a family with no cinema background. He studied B.A. Tamil Literature in The American College in Madurai. As a youngster, he was not interested in studies. He is frank enough to admit that he dropped in his college days and was considered by many as he won't come up in life. At certain point he determined to prove himself to the society. After a struggling period he came to Chennai and entered the cinema industry.
He started his film career as an assistant director for the famous National Film Award–winning director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra, where a close friendship between the two grew.
Bala is known for his later success. When his first movie Sethu was released, he was in his 30's, but his first movie Sethu which was named earlier as Akilan gave a break to Vikram who was also struggling in the Tamil cine field for more than 12 years without a hit and recognition. But when this movie was released it was a huge hit and it was remade in Kannada, Telugu and Hindi. More than 60 distributors saw the film and hesistated to screen it because of its tragic ending.
Bala's next film was Nandha which gave a career boost to Surya. His third film Pithamagan broke all the sentiments which were prevailing in Tamil cinema. IA mega hit, it earned a National Film Award for Vikram in the Best Actor category. Now he is directing Naan Kadavul in Tamil featuring Arya and Pooja.