Legendary Telugu filmmaker Ok. Viswanath, who was common for iconic movies corresponding 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 below filmmaker Adurthi Subba Rao and ultimately 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 common and celebrated 1980 Telugu movie Sankarabharanam that Viswanath turned a nationwide phenomenon, due to the movie’s unbelievable success in every single place. The movie spoke concerning 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 Greatest Language International 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 common Hindi movies embrace 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 stated he learnt every thing 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 stated.
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 received the Filmfare awards eight instances in a profession spanning over 4 many years.