Veteran Telugu filmmaker Kasinathuni Viswanath is conferred with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award by the government. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu approved the recommendation to award the director yesterday.
Vishwanath is known for making films which have stories beyond that age and time. His contribution to the Telugu and Tamil film industry is immense and he is considered as one of the finest filmmakers ever in the South Indian film industry.
Speaking to a leading daily K Viswanath said, “This is a real surprise for me. I am extremely delighted. I have never expected that such a great honour will come my way. This is a real surprise for me. I make a film because I am fascinated with the subject. Never in my career have I made a film keeping awards in mind, though a lot of them came my way.“
When asked which one would be his best film till date and Viswanath say, “A mother has no favourite children. She loves everyone equally, no matter how many children she has. I have put my soul into every film I made. No creative artist will ever single out any of his films as the best.“
When asked about his next films and future projects the veteran director said, “Some people assume that I do not have producers and that I do not have a subject in mind. I do not intend to direct any more films because I want to relax a bit now. Of course, somewhere inside of me, there definitely is an urge.”