The Telugu movie trade bid a tearful adieu to legendary director Ok. Viswanath, who handed away on Thursday evening in Hyderabad.
Viswanath’s mortal stays have been taken in a flower-decked automobile from his residence in Filmnagar to the Panjagutta crematorium. Amid chanting of Om Namah Shivaya, his mortal stays have been consigned to flames.
The who’s who of the Telugu movie trade and political leaders made a beeline to the late filmmaker’s residence to pay their final respects. Former Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, actors Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan, Radhika, Nassar, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Bramhanandam, Ali, R. Narayanamurthy, Chandramohan, director S.S. Rajamouli, Trivikram Srinivas, L.B. Sriram, music director M. M Keeravani, Allu Arvind, and Vandematram Srinivas paid floral tributes.
The street resulting in the director’s home was cordoned off. The avenue wore a grim look with residents of the locality mourning the loss. They recollected that they used to see him round usually and the way he used to greet them again with humility, sans any air of stardom.
Reminiscing their time with the ace director who made strides together with his imaginative and prescient for cinema, movie personalities shared their anecdotes at his residence on Road no. 11 of Filmnagar, Banjara Hills.
A star has not fallen however has been etched within the sky ceaselessly, mentioned actor Ok. Narayana Murthy. “Tollywood can be described before Sankarabharanam and after Sankarabharanam. It was his benchmark movie and he changed the course of Telugu cinema and highlighted our language, music, and culture through his stories,” he mentioned.
Musician Shobha Raju mentioned Viswanath desired that each dad or mum ought to educate their little one learn how to sing or dance. “Several artistes who were recognised by him are now big in the industry. I shared a great on-screen chemistry with him and though we did few movies together, they turned out to be gems and will always remain my favourite,” mentioned actor Chandra Mohan.
Actress Mihirah shared her expertise as an assistant director for a documentary with Viswanath and spoke about his humility in explaining to her the craft of cinema and performing.
Senior actor Thilak mentioned Viswanath used to behave and recite dialogues for the actors, which was a revolutionary method.