Kasinadhuni Viswanath (19 February 1930 – 2 February 2023) was an Indian film director, screenwriter and actor, known for his works primarily in Telugu cinema. He is recipient of five National Film Awards, seven state Nandi Awards, ten Filmfare Awards South, and a Filmfare Award in Hindi.
He was honored with the “Prize of the Public” at the “Besançon Film Festival of France” in 1981. In 1992, he received the Andhra Pradesh state Raghupathi Venkaiah Award, and the civilian honor Padma Shri for his contribution to the field of arts. In 2017, he was conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award in Indian cinema.
Tollywood celebs Chiranjeevi, SS Rajamouli, Brahmanandam, MM Keeravani and veteran actor Kota Srinivasa Rao among others have reached legendary filmmaker and actor K Viswanath’s residence in Hyderabad for final rites. Veteran director K Vishwanath passed away on Thursday, February 2 in Hyderabad at the age of 92.
Also, Pawan Kalyan with director Trivikram visited K. Vishwanath’s residence today morning to pay his last respects to the legend. Chiranjeevi penned an emotional note remembering K Vishwanath. Sai Pallavi too paid tribute to K Vishwanath on Twitter.
The legendary filmmaker K. Viswanath is survived by his wife Kasinadhuni Jaya Lakshmi, three sons including Ravindranath, Nagendranath, and a daughter, Padmavathi.
Meanwhile, Nagarjuna, Kamal Haasan, Jr NTR and many others from the Indian film industry have paid tribute to the legendary filmmaker. Malayalam superstar Mammootty tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sri K Viswanath Garu. Had the privilege of being directed by him in Swathikiranam. My thoughts and prayers with his loved ones..”