Veteran writer Balakumaran, who passed away on Tuesday had contributed immensely in the Tamil industry. The writer had given huge success to big stars like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Arjun with Baasha, Nayakan, Guna and Gentleman. Apart from these cult films, Balakumaran had written the scripts of films like Jeans, Mugavari, Citizen, Manmadhan and Pudhpettai.
Apart from being colleagues Rajinikanth and Balakumaran were close friends. After paying tribute to him, Rajinikanth said, “Balakumaran is my close friend. His is an irreparable loss to literary world. His powerful dialogues were huge reasons for Baasha’s big success. I tried to rope him in for some of my other movies as well. But he politely refused saying he is inclined towards literature and spiritualism.” Lyricist Vairamuthu also shared his grief and said, “I am totally shattered when I heard about Balakumaran’s demise. Time has taken away a writer who with his untiring spirit relentlessly wrote. At a time due to technology advancement, when the reading habits in younger generations slowly started vanishing, Balakumaran’s writings pulled them back to reading. Though he is no more, his writings will remain forever.” (Also Read: Rajinikanth’s Kaala to CLASH with Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom on June 7 at the box office)
On the professional front, Rajinikanth has two mega projects for us. The first one is Kaala, which is directed by Pa. Ranjith and produced by Rajinikanth’s son-in-law Dhanush K Raja under the banner of Wunderbar Films along with Lyca Productions. It also features Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Sampath, Sayaji Shinde and Samuthirakani in pivotal roles. The music of the film is composed by Santhosh Narayanan. Kaala marks the second collaboration between director Pa. Ranjith and actor Rajinikanth after Kabali, which was a successful affair at the box office. Apart from Tamil, the film will be simultaneously released in Telugu and Hindi dubbed versions on June 7. Post that, the actor will be seen in in director Shankar’s 2.0. The film marks the Tamil debut of Bollywood Khiladi Akshay Kumar and also features Amy Jackson in a pivotal role. Made on a budget of over Rs 400 crore, the science fiction venture is one of the costliest Indian films.