Balachandra Menon graduated from university college Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and later came out with first rank in Journalism from Press Club. Then he became a Malayalam film correspondent.
He made his entry in to the film industry in the year 1978, with the film’ Uthrada Rathri’, directed by himself. He went to Madras to become a director of cinema and established himself in the Malayalam film industry. Then there was no looking back.
I grew up participating in numerous completions and winning prizes and praises, at school, college and University levels. My favorite items were story, singing, and acting in which I won so many prizes. Actually my life as an actor, began on the drama stage, while I was in Kollam. The first time I appeared in a professional drama was in ‘Red Street’ written by Kollam Suresh. That was the real beginning in my first professional play.
After this initiation into the serious art, I got the opportunity to write a drama and direct it, for a drama troupe organized by Shri. T.J Jacob, a teacher of Fathima Matha college, Kollam. That too expanded my talents and nourished the artist in me. After degree course, I took up journalism course at Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan Institute during 1975-78. I passed the exam with gold medal in reporting section of the journalism course. Soon I got appointment as ‘Time of India’ correspondent. But, by that time my whole being was wishing to enter the cinema field, to express myself as an artist with vision and dreams. With such desires and urges, inside, I gave up the first job and decided to become a correspondent for same cinema production. So I approached ‘Kumkumam’ weekly published from Kollam and got appointment as their Madras (Chennai) correspondent.