R BALAKRISHNAN, POPULARLY KNOWN AS R BALKI (BORN IN KUMBAKONAM, TAMIL NADU) IS AN INDIAN FILMMAKER, SCREENWRITER AND FORMER GROUP CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVERTISING AGENCY LOWE LINTAS (INDIA).
He started his career with Mudra at the age of 23. His passion had always been film making; after college, he even applied to the Madras Film Institute to do a course in direction. After this, he got into the Masters in Computer Application (MCA) course in a college directly opposite the film institute. He always liked computers, so he thought that he could do well in this course. After studying there for three years, he was thrown out in the last year because of lack of attendance. According to him, this was mainly because he played a lot of cricket and watched a lot of movies. Balki’s ideas have included ‘Daag Achche Hain’ for ‘Surf Excel’, ‘Jaago re’ ads for’Tata Tea’ and the ‘walk when you talk’ Idea Cellular advertising campaign. He has written and directed Cheeni Kum (2007), which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu. His second feature film was the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Paa, (produced by AB Corp, released on 4 December 2009, starring Amitabh, Abhishek Bachchan, and Vidya Balan. Shamitabh is his third Bollywood venture starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan, making her debut in the film. The film released on 6 February 2015. His recent directed movie ‘Ki and Ka’ released on 1 April 2016 starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor. Ilaiyaraaja, the noted Indian composer, is his favourite composer. Balki once commented, My biggest inspiration has been Ilaiyaraaja’s music; it was his music that got me interested in cinema in the first place. He collaborated with P. C. Sreeram for all of his four Bollywood ventures.
R. Balki is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and former Group Chairman of the advertising agency Lowe Lintas (India). The ad asked people to send in 100 words describing who they were. He is best known for directing Cheeni Kum (2007) and Paa (2009). Balki’s ideas have included “Daag Achche Hain” for ‘Surf Excel’, “Jaago re” ads for ‘Tata Tea’ and the “walk when you talk” Idea Cellular advertising campaign. He has written and directed Cheeni Kum (2007), which starred Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu. His second feature film was the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Paa, again starring Amitabh, his son Abhishek Bachchan, and Vidya Balan. Shamitabh is his third Bollywood venture starring Amitabh Bachchan, Kollywood actor Dhanush and Akshara Haasan, making her debut in the film. He then directed “Ki and Ka” released starring Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor. His recent film ‘Padman’ received exceptional accolades.