Famous writer Balakumaran, dies in Chennai Kavery hospital today. He was 71. Balakumaran, the popular writer was admitted to the hospital, a few days back, for some age-related health issues. His body didn’t recuperate well to the treatment and he died today at the hospital. Balakumaran, who is popular for his novels and short stories, had worked as a director in Kollywood too. Yes, he directed Idhu Namma Aalu with “ K Bhagyaraj” and Shobana. He had written the script, screenplay and dialogues for nearly 23 films. Among them, “ S Shankar” directorial venture, Gentleman, Kamal Haasan starrer Nayagan and “ Rajinikanth” starrer Baasha are very popular. Balakumaran is survived by wives Kamala and Shantha and a son Surya and daughter Gauri. Surya is a film director. Our deepest condolences to Balakumaran’s family! May his soul rest in peace!