Telugu filmmaker and five-time national award winner died from age-related ailments


New Delhi: Dadasaheb Phalke awardee and renowned Telugu filmmaker Kasinadhuni Viswanath died on Thursday at a private hospital in Hyderabad.

Who was Kasinadhuni Viswanath?

Kasinadhuni Viswanath died at the age of 92. He was a five-time national award winner who was suffering from age-related ailments.

He started his career as an audiographer. His filmmaking career started under director Adurthi Subba Rao after a brief stint as a sound engineer, and he later worked as an assistant director in 1951 for Telugu film Pathala Bhairavi.

In 1965, he made his directorial debut with the movie Aatma Gowravam, Viswanath, and went on to win the state Nandi award.

He had also released films like ‘Chelleli Kapuram’, ‘O Seeta Katha’, ‘Jeevana Jyoti’, and ‘Sarada’.

He also performed in major films, while he also directed some of them, including ‘Lakshmi’, ‘Narasimha Naidu’, ‘Swarabhishekam’, ‘Pandurangadu’

He also collaborated with Rakesh Roshan in Bollywood.

Kasinadhuni Viswanath was honoured with Padma Shri honour in 1992 and the Dada Saheb Phalke in 2017. He also won Filmfare awards eight times