Leaving an irreplaceable void in Indian Cinema, legendary filmmaker and Dadasaheb Phalke recipient K. Viswanath breathed his last on February 2nd. To pay an emotional tribute to the legend, several members of the Telugu film fraternity participated in a ‘Kalanjali’ memorial event last evening.
Megastar Chiranjeevi also was one of the guests at the event. Chiru gave an emotional speech where he remembered the journey he shared with K Viswanath.
He did 3 memorable films with him, Shubhalekha, Swayamkrushi, and Apadbandhavudu and he said that all three films have been learning experiences for him. He said that to this day while shooting films, he remembers things Viswanath Garu taught him.
Chiru recalled that Viswanath Garu taught him how to act sensibly, naturally, without going overboard. He said Viswanath Garu is a specialist when it comes to sentiment scenes; no one can extract emotions during a sentiment scene like Viswanath Garu. He said that during a sentiment scene, the characters shouldn’t cry, the audience must cry and no other director could do it better than K Viswanath.
Chiru said that Viswanath Garu was his teacher, a father-like figure, and a mentor because of whom he won many awards for his acting. He concluded the speech by saying that Viswanath Garu lived a complete life. He saw success as a director and also as an actor during the later years of his career. Her will forever stay in every cinema lover’s heart and his legacy is one of the greatest in Indian cinema.
At the start of his speech, Chiru also expressed his condolences to the departed soul of Nandamuri Taraka Ratna who passed away on Saturday night.