Legendary director K Viswanath passes away
By siliconindia | Friday, 03 February 2023, 10:18:07 AM IST
The renowned director K Vishwanath has passed away. He was well known in Tamil for his acting work in the movies Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Rajapattai, Lingaa, and Uttama Villain. Today, the five-time National Film Award winner passed away at his Hyderabad home. He was 92 years old and experiencing aging-related problems.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's top honour for the film business, was given to director K Vishwanath in 2016. For his outstanding achievements to the film industry, he was honoured with 7 Nandi Awards. As an assistant director for the Telugu-Tamil film Pathala Bhairavi in 1951, the renowned director began his career.
Viswanath made his directing debut in 1965 with the Telugu film "Aatma Gowravam," which received the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. He rose to prominence as a director with the critically acclaimed masterpiece "Sankarabharanam," which is now regarded as one of his finest works.
Few people, including renowned Telugu director and actor K Vishwanath, are regarded as mentors by Kamal Haasan, an all-around talent in the film industry. Even more recently, in November of last year, he had a chance encounter with seasoned director K Vishwanath at his home in Hyderabad.
After the success of the original version, K Vishwanath's Telugu film "Saagara Sangaman," which stars Kamal Haasan in the lead role, was later dubbed in Tamil with the title "Salangai Oli," and the dubbed version was also a tremendous hit. K Vishwanath only ever directed one film in Tamil. However, the seasoned performer has appeared in a number of Tamil movies alongside Kamal Haasan, R Parthiban, Ajith, Vijay, Chiyaan Vikram, and Suriya, among others.
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