Veteran Tamil film director K Balachander, who was the mentor of superstar Rajinikanth and actor Kamal Haasan, died a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening.
The end came at 7.10pm, doctors at Kauvery Hospital said.
They said the 84-year-old cinema legend was suffering from severe urinary tract infection and fever which did not subside even after continuous treatment for the last one week.
Balachander, whose film career spanned over 45 years, won nine national film awards and several Filmfare awards. He was a recipient of the Padma Shri and Dadasaheb Phalke Award.