His protégés, to make it big in
Tamil cinema, include noted director Bala and
Ram, whose debut offering Kattrathu Tamil received
wide critical acclaim. The latest to come out
of this school is Vetrimaaran with Polladhavan.
Recently, while speaking to our correspondent,
the director said that he had organized a special
screening for his mentor, Balu Mahendra, who after
watching the film wondered if he had so much violence
in him as he was the calmest of all his assistants.
He is even said to have given this young director
his views on the highs and lows in the film and
commented that this film is going to set a trend
in mainstream cinema. A true tribute especially
when it comes from your mentor.