Noted novelist and writer Balakumaran passed away yesterday, aged 71. He breathed his last in Cauveri Hospital in Chennai due to age-related ailments.

Balakumaran was instrumental in director Shankar’s career in the initial days by writing dialogues for films such as Kadhalan and Gentleman. Balakumaran’s most celebrated works have been Rajinikanth’s Baasha and Kamal Haasan’s Nayakan, for which he shared the dialogue credits.

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