The 2016 Dadasaheb Phalke Award has been conferred upon the legendary filmmaker and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath. The award will be given by the Honourable President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of INR 10 lakh and a shawl. This is the highest award in India in the field of cinema.
The filmmaker has directed more than 50 films in multiple languages, predominantly in Tamil and Telugu. His films mainly highlighted the social issues. He is widely considered as the man who put Telugu cinema on the world map. It began with the cult classic film Sankarabharanam (1979). The film along with Sagara Sangamam (1983) were included in CNN-IBN's (now known as CNN-News18) list of 100 Greatest Indian Films of all time.
Another classic by him, Swati Mutyam with Kamal Haasan and Radikaa in the lead roles was the Indian official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. His popular Bollywood films are Kaamchor, Jaag Utha Insan and Eeshwar. He has five National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards (Andhra Pradesh State Award) and 10 Filmfare Awards including Lifetime Achievement Award. The filmmaker is one of the most celebrated filmmakers of India. And the award is truly well deserved.