If there is some level of artistic realism associated to Kollywood, all credits go to the timid boy from Madurai who revolutionized the approach towards storytelling with his poignancy, eye to detail and perfection. A task master who could extract the best from the cast, re-create the actual setting and evoke tears from us.
The Sethu, Nandha, Pithamagan man made his gracious presence at our Gold Summit, to be commemorated with the award for Best Direction of the year 2013 for Paradesi.
It was a blessing that late Balu Mahendra's wife Mrs. Akila fondly called Akila amma by Bala, obliged to award Bala for the ‘Best Direction’ category.
Bala inferred, "More than being conferred with a prestigious award, I feel extremely lucky and blessed to have got the award from my mother", falling at her feet. The tear jerker split in tears as soon as he received his medal.
Behindwoods Gold was the first official award that director Bala received from Mrs. Akila Balumahendra in his life.