K. Vishwanath dead: The revered Indian filmmaker was 923 min read
Kasinadhuni Vishwanath, an Indian filmmaker known for highlighting social issues, died of age-related ailments in Hyderabad on February 2. He was 92 years old.
After working as an assistant director for several years, Vishwanath made his debut as a director in 1965 with “Pathala Bhairavi”. A prolific career in the Telugu language film industry with highlights including “Kalam Marindi” (1972), “Saradha” (1973), “O Sita Katha” (1974), “Jivan Jyoti” (1975), “Siri Siri Muvva”. ” (1976), “Sankarabharanam” (1980), “Saptapadi” (1981), “Sagar Sangam” (1983), “Swathi Muthiyam” (1986), “Sirivennella” (1986), “Swayam Krishi” (1987) and “Apadbudhu” (1992).
Vishwanath enjoyed a career in the Hindi language film industry with several hit films including “Sargam” (1979), “Kamchor” (1982), “Shubh Kamna” (1983), “Jag Uta Insaan” (1984), “Sur”. Sangam” (1985), “Sanjog” (1985), “God” (1989), “Sangeet” (1992) and “Dhanwaan” (1993).
Themes that Vishwanath tackled during his filmmaking career included the Indian caste system, disability, gender discrimination, misogyny, alcoholism and the challenges faced by Indian classical performing art forms.
His last film as a director was “Subhpradam” (2010). He has directed more than half a hundred films. He has won the National Film Award of India five times. In 2017, he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest film honour, for lifetime achievement in cinema.
Vishwanath had a rich career as an actor, making his debut with “Subha Sankalpam” in 1995 and appearing in more than 30 films.
Tributes are pouring in for the late filmmaker.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Shri K. Saddened by Vishwanath Garu’s death. He was a stalwart of the film industry, distinguishing himself as a creative and versatile director. His films have covered various genres and have enthralled audiences for decades. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.”
“RRR” director SS Rajamouli said “Your signature will forever shine in Telugu cinema and industry.”
“RRR” star NTR Jr tweeted: “Vishwanath occupies a high place among those who spread the fame of Telugu cinema across the continent. He gave many incredible films like Shankaravaran and Sagar Sangam. Without him the loss is endless. My deepest condolences to his family & May his soul rest in peace.”
Fellow “RRR” star Ram Charan said: “We have lost a legend! Who is Vishwanath Garu.. You will always be immortal in all of our hearts and in the industry. May his beautiful soul rest in peace.”
Oscar winner AR Rahman added: “Heritage, warmth, heart, music, dance, love… your films filled my childhood with humanity and wonder.”
Kamal Haasan, who acted in several of Vishwanath’s films, also paid tribute.