|Occupation||Actor, Dialogue, Story, Screenplay, Director|
|Language Worked in||Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam|
|Birth Place||Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Education||He pursued his schooling in Campion Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School in|
|Favourite Cuisine||South Indian|
Balaji Mohan (born 25 May 1987) is an Indian film director. After discontinuing his engineering studies in order to pursue his passion and become a director, he enrolled at a film academy and attended courses and workshops, besides participting in short film contests. After shooting more than half-a-dozen short films, he directed his first full-length bilingual film romantic comedy Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (Tamil) and Love Failure (Telugu) based on of his own short films.
Balaji began his career as an assistant director for the Tamil film called Kulir 100° (2009). While the film was in its pre-production stage, he got the opportunity to join the Gateway to Hollywood, a show that was aired in Sony TV. His short film Treasure was featured in the contest and Balaji became one of the 6 finalists of the show.
He later joined as an assistant director for Sudha K. Prasad's Tamil film Drohi (2010) while simultaneously participating in Kalaignar TV's first season of Naalaya Iyakunar. He directed five short films namely Kodi, The Juniors, Addi Tail, Mittai Veedu and Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi for the show and was one of the winners of the series award for consistent performance.
Among his works, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi was most popular and went viral on YouTube, garnering overwhelming response. Cinematographer Nirav Shah saw the short film and initiated the idea to make it into a full length feature film. Balaji took three months to develop the script, while Nirav Shah reached out to producers and actors, introducing him to producer Sashikanth of YNot Movies.
Siddharth, who too was keen on turning the short film into a feature film after he had seen it, entered the project, essaying the lead role besides co-producing the venture. The film was made as a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu; while the original title was given for the Tamil version, the Telugu version was named Love Failure, with the cast and crew being retained for both versions. The project was completed in a record 36 days, and both versions of the film were released simultaneously in February 2012 in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, respectively. Opening to highly positive critical response, the film was emerged a sleeper hit in both states.