Rajinikanth rushes to hospital, says Balachander recognised, smiled at him

  • IANS, Chennai
  • Updated: Dec 16, 2014 15:27 IST

Superstar Rajinikanth rushed to Chennai's Cauvery hospital on Monday to check on the well-being of his ailing guru and legendary filmmaker K Balachander who is hospitalised for fever and some age-related ailments.

Rajinikanth said that the auteur "recognised" him. Padma Shri awardee Balachander was hospitalised after his assistants found him in an unconscious state at his residence.

"I went in to see KB sir and I'm happy to say that he recognised me. He is fine and he will get better," said Rajinikanth at the hospital.

In the meanwhile, actor Kamal Haasan has wished his guru K Balachander a speedy recovery. Haasan is currently busy with the post-production work of Tamil film Uttama Villain in Los Angeles.

"KB sir recently asked me to complete Uttama Villain as quickly as possible. He said he'd like to watch it before he goes away. I could understand his eagerness in watching the film. When I heard that he was critical, I quickly rang up his manager," Kamal said in a video.


Balachander's manager informed Haasan that the auteur was conscious, but hasn't spoken to anybody in the last few days.

"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," Haasan said.

Although Kamal wants to return immediately, he said: "KB sir wouldn't like it if I leave the job incomplete and come back. My only concern is if I can complete the film, I can show it to him.

"I wish he wakes up and joins us soon."

Haasan and Balachander have worked together in over 40 films.

Hospital sources confirmed that Balachander's condition is 'stable' and he is being treated for fever and some age-related ailments.

Balachander has over 150 films to his credit including Aval Ora Thodar Kathai, Avargal, Varumayin Niram Sigappu and 47 Natkal.

He was also instrumental in bringing talents like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Saritha and Prakash Raj to the industry.

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