Veteran Telugu filmmaker and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Kasinadhuni Viswanath passed away at a hospital in Hyderabad on Thursday, 2 February. He was 92. The five-time national award winner had been unwell for some time and was suffering from age-related issues, as per reports.
He is known for helming films like Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swathi Muthyam, and Swarna Kamalam, among others.
Celebrities across film industries took to social media to mourn the demise of Viswanath. AR Rahman tweeted, “Anjali 🌺 tradition, warmth, heart, music, dance, love …..your movies filled my childhood with humaneness and wonder! #ripkviswanathji 🌹🌺🌹🌺🍵.”
Kamal Haasan also expressed his sorrow over Viswanath's demise and penned a touching letter on Twitter. The actor wrote, "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. An ardent fan, Kamal Haasan 2023." He captioned the post, "Salute to a master."
Mammootty also paid tribute to the late filmmaker. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Deeply saddened by the demise of Sri K Viswanath Garu. Had the privilege of being directed by him in Swathikiranam. My thoughts and prayers with his loved ones."
Chiranjeevi penned a touching letter on Viswanath's demise. Sharing it on Twitter, he wrote, "Shocked beyond words! Shri K Viswanath ‘s loss is an irreplaceable void to Indian / Telugu Cinema and to me personally! Man of numerous iconic, timeless films! The Legend Will Live on! Om Shanti!!"