Though K Balachander started his film career as a script writer with Deivathai in 1964, it was the movie, Server Sundaram that gave him recognition. Starring ace comedian Nagesh in the lead, the movie became a huge hit. It went on to receive the best Tamil film award at the Filmfare awards and also got a certificate of merit at the national film awards. Server Sundaram remains one of the finest performances by Nagesh in his illustrious film career.
In the same year, Balachander directed Neerkumizhi and the movie was a comedy entertainer with Nagesh, Major Sudnerarajan and Sowcar Janaki in lead roles.
In the movie Ethir Neechal too Nagesh was his hero and Sowcar Janaki and Muthuraman did powerful roles.