Balanathan Benjamin Mahendran (20 May 1939 – 13 February 2014) was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer. Following a cardiac arrest on 13 February 2014, Balu Mahendra was admitted to Vijaya Hospital in Chennai where he was declared dead . Directors Maniratnam, Bala, Ameer and Ram visited him at the hospital before he passed away. Many film fraternity mourned the death of legendary filmmaker Balu Mahendra. Last Respect Balu Mahendra Stills.