Balachander, 84, died at a private hospital here Tuesday following prolonged illness and age-related ailments.
Rahman made his debut as music director in the film “Roja”, produced by Balachander’s home banner, in 1992.
“Dear KB sir, your vision and creations have inspired 3 generations. Really grateful for intro’ing me thru your co Kavithaalaya in Roja. RIP,” Rahman tweeted.
Balachander was also instrumental in introducing talents like Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth to the film industry. (IANS)