Kasinathuni Viswanath legendary director-actor carves his niche for himself.
Hyderabad: The esteemed director who had changed the face of Telugu cinema industry, Kasinathuni Viswanath, universally called as Kalathapasvi Viswanath, has been privileged with the prominent Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2016. The Government of India had proclaimed the award on Monday. It is the top award in the cinema industry. Viswanath had started his profession as a sound recordist by Vahini Pictures. Akkineni Nageswara Rao had spotted his talent and probed him to join his productions as an assistant director. Viswanath had worked as an assistant director to the movie Adurthi Subba Rao and done his debut movie as a director with ‘Atma Gouravam’ in the year 1965, with Nageswara Rao as the main actor. He eventually has grown higher and had created his own mark in Telugu cinema industry.
Yet he had directed many stars, he always believed in his smartness of storytelling and the solid content of his movie for success. There are no uncouth double entendre dialogues in his movies, which are pleasing, immersed in the local spirit, and with dance, music and traditional art systems. His movie ‘Shankarabharanam’ had changed the Tollywood fate and had taken it into the global arena.
His picture ‘Swathi Muthyam’ not only gained a National Award but was also India’s approved entry to the 59th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film class. His other movies ‘Saptapadi’, ‘Sirivennela’, ‘Sutradharulu’, ‘Swathikiranam’, ‘Sruthilayalu’, ‘Subha Sankalpam’, ‘Swarna Kamalam’ and ‘Swayam Krushi’ had grabbed State and National awards.
He picks a simple and unsophisticated script and provides movie lovers a pleasant and pleasurable watch. Most of his scripts are related to the normal man and what is occurring in their houses or with their neighbors. That’s the main reason several watch his movies again and again.
Born on 19 February 1930, at Gudivada district in Andhra Pradesh, K Viswanath was given the Padmasri in the year 1992 and has gained 5 National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards, and 10 Film fare Awards, counting one for Lifetime Achievement. “I am very contented and gratified that I gained this award at this age and time. I feel the love shown by the huge public to me. I feel it’s a genuine act,” he said about his newest honour. Inquired whether he wants to endure as an actor or is thinking about coming back to direction, he said, “I am not thinking something at present as I want to be simply K Viswanath.”
Cheers flowed in thick and fast from the Tollywood after the Phalke Award was publicized –Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, Jr NTR and many other artists and directors wished him for an honour that respects Telugu cinema as well.