Director K Balachander was instrumental in finding the inherent talent in Kamal Haasan and brought it to the fore through the 36 films that he had directed with him. The late director, no doubt, played a pivotal role in shaping up Kamal’s career.

Speaking about his mentor in an interview, Kamal recalled the day when he met him with the request to do an important role in Uthama Villain. KB sir was apprehensive at first to take up the role and asked the star what he would do if he passed away mid-way. Kamal was adamant on having the veteran onboard that he convinced him with the words that he would make changes to the script. However, KB sir went on to complete the dubbing even before he passed away late last year.