Legendary Telugu filmmaker Ok. Viswanath, who was widespread for iconic movies resembling 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 extensively widespread 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 attitude of individuals from two totally different generations.
Sankarabharanam went on to win 4 Nationwide 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. A few of these movies embrace 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 Finest Language Overseas Movie for the Academy Awards.
Viswanath made his Bollywood debut with 1979 movie Sargam, which was a remake of his personal film Siri Siri Muvva. A few of his different widespread Hindi movies embrace Kaamchor, Shubh Kaamna, Jaag Utha Insan, Sanjog, Eeshwar and Dhanwaan.
He was widespread for his many collaborations with Rakesh Roshan in Bollywood. In an interview with IANS, Rakesh Roshan had stated he learnt all the things about filmmaking from Viswanath.
“It was Viswanath ji whom I watched and learnt filmmaking from. We did 4 movies collectively. He would shoot for the day after which depart the modifying of the footage to me within the night. It was whereas I edited Viswanath ji’s movies that I realised I might direct movies,” he stated.
His final directorial challenge 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 received the Filmfare awards eight occasions in a profession spanning over 4 a long time.