A true legend, Kasinathuni Viswanath (K Vishwanath) the 87 year old audiographer turned director, screenwriter, and character actor is an exceptional talent known for his works in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi cinema. The master who will be honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for outstanding contribution to the film industry is instrumental in exploring the ‘hidden’ talents of legendary and famous actors like Kamal Haasan, Anil Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor. Recollecting the significance, importance and impact of K Vishwanath in Indian cinema.
In a career spanning three decades, K Vishwanath has received recognition for his classic brilliance in his remarkable ability to merge parallel cinema with mainstream commercial cinema.
Kamal Hassan has been quoted saying that “It is going to be very difficult for the film industry to produce another talent like Mr. K. Vishwanath.” The actor who himself is an inspiration has the right sentiments to express such kind of a feeling. Kamal Haasan has who has played the lead in two of his best films SWATHI MUTHAYAM and SAGAR SANGAMAN is thankful to the filmmaker for giving him the opportunity to show his versatility in the challenging role of Shivaiah an autistic orphan in SWATHI MUTHAYAM, the 1986 heartwarming tale of a young widow played by Raadhika Sarathkumar who is rescued by an autistic man Shivaiah. The cult classic was selected by India as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in 1986 and was remade in 1989 with the title EESHWAR Anil Kapoor and Vijayshanti. EESHWAR has remained one of Anil Kapoor’s personal favourite.
SAGAR SANGAMAN explored Kamal Haasan’s edge as a classical dancer in various forms in this story of a trained Kuchipudi dancer who wants to make it big in the industry without any comprise and falling in love with a wealthy woman Madhavi (Jayaprada) and how life takes a vicious turn that ends up Kamal becoming an art critic for a newspaper.
K Vishwanath films hit the social norms, widow remarriage in SWATHI MUTHAYAM, the conflict between need, greed, love, desires and dreams in SAGAR SANGAMAN, untouchability in SANKARABHARANAM in which the director beautifully showcased the guru-shishya relationship between a man and a prostitute and the inspiring tale of love and dreams SRI SRI MUVA starring Jaya Pradha and Chandra Mohan that essayed the love story of a speech-impaired girl who loves to dance and aspires to be a famous personality. She meets a musician who does all that it takes to make her dream come true.
SRI SRI MUVA reminds you of Rishi Kapoor’s SARGAM – known for the famous ‘dafli wale’ number.. yes SARGAM is the remake of SRI SRI MUVA in which Rishi Kapoor gave one of his best performance.
K Vishwanath will receive a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs and a shawl as part of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, considered the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which will be conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function on May 3 in New Delhi. The less spoken and less talked about maverick veteran when asked about his reaction to the honour was humbly quoted saying that goes perfectly with his character and type of cinema, “I will celebrate without making much noise.”
True, filmmakers like K Vishwanath don’t make much of a noise about their work and achievements but their significance hauntingly echoes with a chorus in works of refined talents like Kamal Haasan, Rishi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.