Sadma director, veteran Balu Mahendra passes away

Balu Mahendra, one of South India's most venerated cinematographer-directors, succumbed to a second heart attack at a Chennai hospital and passed away at the age of 75. Balu Mahendra, who was in a critical condition for a while, is survived by his spouse and son. The director, who was always spotted with his trademark cap, bagged recognition as Sadma, the Hindi remake of his Tamil grosser Moondram Pirai, bagged appreciation and expanded the reach of the director,

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