Members of different parties had represented Thrissur in the first four decades after the constituency was formed in 1957.
A noted playwright, Balachandran is best known for the play 'Paavam Usman' for which he won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award and Kerala Professional Nataka Award in 1989.
As the actor-director left for his heavenly abode on Monday, let's take a look at his journey, fondest memories and film inspirations in his own words.
LDF candidate P Balachandran is taking on Congress leader Padmaja Venugopal of the UDF and BJP candidate and film actor Suresh Gopi of the NDA in Thrissur.
Kelappan Thampuran faced the first ball in Pooja Cricket held at Palace Oval, Thrippunithura, in 1951.