CHENNAI: Well known Tamil movie director K. Balachander who was instrumental in introducing Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth to the silver screen has died.

The 84-year-old who was admitted to a private hospital a week ago, died of various ailments.

Balachander had over 150 films on his resume and was credited with giving stars such as Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Prakash Raj their first big break

Some of his best films include "Aval Ora Thodar Kathai", "Apoorva Raagangal", "Avargal", "Varumayin Niram Sigappu" and "47 Natkal".

A recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award and the Padma Shri, Balachander has nine Filmfare awards to his credit.