K Viswanath has no future plans yet and would like to be ‘just K Viswanath’ for now. The director, who was recently named as this year’s recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was asked about his future plans when he made the comment.
“I am not thinking anything at present as I want to be just K Viswanath,” he told Deccan Chronicle. The octogenarian is the 48th recipient of the award, which is considered the highest recognition in Indian cinema. The award will be presented to him by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Read: K Viswanath Wins Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema
Born on February 19, 1930, at Gudivada in Andhra Pradesh, Kasinadhuni Viswanath was awarded the Padmashri in 1992 and has won five National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards and 10 Filmfare Awards, including one for Lifetime Achievement. The 87-year-old director is well-known for award-winning movies like Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, and Swati Mutyam, among many others.
Praises from the industry have been pouring ever since he won the award.
My heartfelt congrats to the legendary filmmaker, actor & sound designer K Vishwanath for receiving the prestigious #DadasahebPhalkeAward ??
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) April 24, 2017
My K.Vishwanath gaaru is a Dada Saheb Palke award winner. In his humility he would say ” I am lucky” .Truth is Indians are lucky. So am I
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 24, 2017
Hearty congrats to K Viswanath sir for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award https://t.co/GtmbcPmQkL
— Mammootty (@mammukka) April 25, 2017
What a proud moment for telugu industry as K Vishwanath garu has been honoured wd the Dada Saheb Phalke Award ! Congratulations sir!
— Rakul Preet (@Rakulpreet) April 24, 2017
Compliments to ‘Kalatapasvi’ K. Viswanath for being conferred Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2016…
— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) April 24, 2017