Legendary Telugu filmmaker Okay. Viswanath, who was common for iconic movies equivalent to Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swathi Muthyam and Swarna Kamalam amongst others, breathed his final on Thursday at his residence in Hyderabad. The five-time nationwide award winner was affected by age-related illnesses. He was 92.
Viswanath started his profession as an audiographer for Vauhini Studios in Madras. After a brief stint as a sound engineer, he started his filmmaking profession underneath filmmaker Adurthi Subba Rao and finally went on to work as an assistant director on 1951 Telugu movie Pathala Bhairavi.
Viswanath made his directorial debut with 1965 movie Aatma Gowravam, which went on to win the state Nandi award.
It was with the broadly common and celebrated 1980 Telugu movie Sankarabharanam that Viswanath grew to become a nationwide phenomenon, due to the movie’s unbelievable success in every single place. The movie spoke in regards to the hole between Carnatic music and Western music based mostly on the angle of individuals from two completely different generations.
Sankarabharanam went on to win 4 National awards. It was later remade as Sur Sangam, additionally directed by Viswanath, in Hindi.
Following the success of Sankarabharanam, Viswanath continued to make many extra movies that has artwork, particularly music as its backdrop. Some of those movies embody Sagara Sangamam, Swati Kiranam, Swarna Kamalam, Sruthilayalu and Swarabhishekam.
His 1985 Telugu movie Swati Muthyam, that includes Kamal Haasan within the central character as an autistic man who involves the rescue of a younger widow, was India’s entry for Best Language Foreign Film for the Academy Awards.
Viswanath made his Bollywood debut with 1979 movie Sargam, which was a remake of his personal film Siri Siri Muvva. Some of his different common Hindi movies embody Kaamchor, Shubh Kaamna, Jaag Utha Insan, Sanjog, Eeshwar and Dhanwaan.
He was common for his many collaborations with Rakesh Roshan in Bollywood. In an interview with IANS, Rakesh Roshan had mentioned he learnt the whole lot about filmmaking from Viswanath.
“It was Viswanath ji whom I watched and learnt filmmaking from. We did four films together. He would shoot for the day and then leave the editing of the footage to me in the evening. It was while I edited Viswanath ji’s films that I realised I could direct films,” he mentioned.
His final directorial mission was the 2010 Telugu movie Subhapradam starring Allari Naresh and Manjari Phadnis.
He additionally acted in over two dozen movies throughout Telugu and Tamil industries.
In 1992, he was awarded the Padma Shri and the Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2017. He had gained the Filmfare awards eight instances in a profession spanning over 4 many years.