Kailasam Balachander was an Indian producer, director and screenwriter. He directed films in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. He was known for his distinct film-making style; the films he scripted and directed analysed unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes.
In his career, he has contributed to the Tamil film industry in South India, and has introduced hundreds of actors into the Tamil cinema, including Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Prakashraj and Vivek.
Balachander was born to Saraswati and Dandapani Kailasam.