Malayalam Film Producer Gandhimathi Balan Passes Away

One of Malayalam cinema's finest producers Gandhimathi Balan, who was known for producing several iconic Malayalam films in the late eighties and early nineties, passed away in a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. His demise has plunged the Malayalam film industry in gloom.
File Photo of Producer Gandhimathi Balan

File Photo of Producer Gandhimathi Balan

Well known Malayalam producer and distributor Gandhimathi Balan passed away at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram today.
He was 66.

Balan Produced Fine Films

Gandhimathi Balan was best known for producing a number of critically acclaimed films in the eighties and early nineties including Sukhamo Devi, which featured Mohanlal in the lead, the Nedumudi Venu-starrer Panchavadi Palam, the tragedy Moonam Pakkam and the thriller Ee Thanutha Veluppan Kalathu, featuring Mammotty in the lead.
Known for making quality films, Balan produced 33 films in all with some of his finest films being directed by ace directors Padmarajan, K.G. George, and Joshy.
Balan, who took the name his mother's name Gandhimathi as part of his own, was not only known for producing and distributing some of Malayalam cinema's finest films but also for his organising abilities.

Played An Important Role in Setting Up AMMA

In fact, industry insiders say that Balan was one of those who played a significant role in setting up the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes better known as AMMA, considered to be one of the most powerful film bodies in Malayalam cinema. He was also instrumental in organising several events for it.
Balan, who owns theatres in Thiruvananthapuram, was also the founder of a startup that specialised in anti-piracy operations. The start up was founded with the intention to end the menace of movie piracy.
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