Veteran director K Viswanath has passed away and several Telugu stars including SS Rajamouli, music director MM Keeravani, actor Chiranjeevi and others paid their last respect at his funeral.
Viswanath was 92. Years old, he was undergoing treatment for age-related health issues at a private hospital in Hyderabad. His rituals and last rite rituals are being held in Hyderabad.
Superstar Chiranjeevi along with filmmaker SS Rajamouli, MM Keeravani and whole lot more attended the last rites and bid adieu to the late director.
Viswanath started his professional life as an audiographer. His filmmaking career began under director Adurthi Subba Rao after a brief stint as a sound engineer, and he later went on to work as an assistant director for the Telugu film Pathala Bhairavi in 1951.
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With the 1965 movie Aatma Gowravam, Viswanath made his directorial debut and went on to win the state Nandi award.
Viswanath made his Bollywood debut with 1979 film Sargam, which is a remake of his 1976 Siri Siri Muvva. Some of his other popular Hindi films include Kaamchor, Shubh Kaamna, Jaag Utha Insan, Sanjog, Eeshwar and Dhanwaan.
He also made films in Tamil. He was bestowed with the highest cinematic honour of the country, Dadasaheb Phalke award in 2016. He also did many collaborations with Rakesh Roshan in Bollywood.