Renowned filmmaker and actor Kasinadhuni Viswanath, best known for his award-winning movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, has won the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. He will be the 48 recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of ₹10 lakh and a shawl.
The recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke award committee to recognise the 87-year-old film industry icon was approved by Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu A recipient of five National Film Awards, Viswanath is celebrated for his film Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swati Mutyam, Saptapadi, Kaamchor, Sanjog and Jaag Utha Insaan.
Mr. Viswanath, who has made about 50 films since 1965, is known for his plots that revolve around social themes. Swati Mutyam, a National Award-winning film, was India’s official entry to the 59 Academy Awards in the best foreign film category. He won the Padma Shri in 1992 and the Andhra Pradesh goverment has honoured him with 20 Nandi awards.
The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India's highest award in cinema. It is presented annually at the National Film Awards ceremony by the Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. First presented in 1969, the award was introduced by the Government of India to commemorate Dadasaheb Phalke's contribution to Indian cinema. Phalke (1870–1944), who is popularly known as and often regarded as "the father of Indian cinema", was an Indian film-maker who directed India's first full-length feature film, Raja Harishchandra (1913).
The National Awards for films, which were started as an annual incentive by the Government of India , for the making of artistic, competent and meaningful films .The awards were started from 1954 7 they are given in three sections – Feature Films, Non-Feature Films and Best Writing on Cinema.