Balu Mahendra was an Indian cinematographer, director, screen writer and editor who worked in Tamil cinema. He was regarded as one of the finest cinematographers of India and is credited with redefining Tamil cinema. Born in Sri Lanka and settled in India, he is a unique mix of western and Indian sensibilities which he used in his work to create opulence, beauty and class. An ardent follower of Satyajit Ray, David Lean and their realistic way of communicating stories, he was one of the first film makers to bring “naturalism” and “visual appeal” in Tamil cinema. His life had all the elements of greatness – adventure, emotions, hard work, variety, and a fair bit of controversies as well. Below are some very unusual and interesting facts about Balu Mahendra and his life.