Veteran Director Balachander Hospitalized, Rajinikanth Pays Visit

K. Balachander, the director who made waves in the 1980s with his new wave films, was admitted to Cauvery Hospital in Chennai on Monday and the two film veterans and his heroes in “Maro Charitra” — Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth — paid concern at his health.

While Rajinikanth rushed to the hospital and said he was returned “a smile” by his erstwhile mentor, Kamal Haasan reached out to the media to say he wished his guru an early recovery.

Balachander, 84, was admitted with fever and age-related ailments and doctors at Cauvery Hospital have confirmed that he is responding positively to the treatment. “He is better now. He has shown slight improvement to the treatment. We have still kept him under observation,” a hospital source told IANS.

On Monday, besides Rajinikanth, Mohan Raman, Khushbu and other Tamil film industry veterans rushed to the hospital after learning about the filmmaker’s health condition.

While Rajinikanth said that Balachander “recognised and smiled” at him, Kamal Haasan, who is currently in Los Angeles for post-production work of Tamil film “Uttama Villain”, said, “When I spoke to KB sir, he replied in his faint voice. I informed him that I will visit him as soon as I return after completing the post-production work. I didn’t understand a word of what he spoke for the next few minutes,” he said.

Haasan and Balachander have worked together in over 40 films. Another actor Balachander introduced was Prakash Raj.

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