Veteran Indian filmmaker K Viswanath passes away...Celebrities pay condolences!

(This article is authored by Alar)

On Thursday, at the age of 92, renowned Telugu filmmaker Kalatapasvi K Viswanath passed away at his home from complications related to advanced age. According to PTI, the director had been sick for some time as a consequence of old age.

On Friday, several celebrities were caught on camera by reporters on their way to the funeral. The funeral for Viswanath was at Hyderad battended by many celebrities, including SS Rajamouli, the director of RRR, and M. M. Keeravani, the composer for the film and Chiranjeevi also spotted at last rites there with wet eyes.

Viswanath first appeared on screen in the 1995 Telugu film Subha Sankalpam. The film's director, screenwriter, and actor, has won five National Film Awards, seven Nandi Awards from individual states, ten Filmfare Awards from the South, and a Filmfare Award in Hindi. He received the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest film honour, from the Central government in 2017.

According to a press release from the Chief Minister's Office of Telangana, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has offered his condolences over Viswanath's passing, which read "Viswanath was a rare distinguished film director who chose an ordinary story and turned it into a classic movie on the silver screen with his amazing talent."Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, also shared his sadness at the news of the director's passing. "Vishwanath is a mirror of Telugu culture and Indian arts. Films under his direction have brought unparalleled respect to the Telugu film industry. He will remain forever in the hearts of Telugu people as an artist," he said.

Actor Kamal Haasan penned a deepest grief note saying, "Kalathapasvi K Viswanath gaaru fully understood the transcience of life and immortality of art. Hence his art will be celebrated beyond his lifetime and reign. Long live his art." They both appeared in Utthama Villain in 2015. Composer AR Rahman posted a selfie with K Viswanath along with the caption,"Anjali tradition, warmth, heart, music, dance, love …..your movies filled my childhood with humaneness and wonder! #ripkviswanathji

Former Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu shared his condolonses, he wrote "Deeply grieved to hear of the demise of renowned film director, Sri K. Viswanath. As a filmmaker, he brought depth and dignity to the medium earning global recognition for his movies with a message. May his atma attain sadgati! Om shanti!"

The actor's filmography includes roles in Lingaa, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Rajapattai, Singam 2, Kuruthiunal, Pudhiya Geethai, and others. From his humble beginnings as an audiographer, he has gone on to direct 53 features across multiple genres and over the course of six decades. Kasinadhuni Jayalakshmi was Viswanath's wife. Viswanath's cousins include the famous actors Chandra Mohan and late singer  S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, as well as the singers S. P. Sailaja and S. P. Sailaja.