NEW DELHI, April 24 - Renowned filmmaker-actor Kasinadhuni Viswanath, best known for his award-winning movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
He became the 48th recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl.
The award shall be conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function on May 3 at Vigyan Bhawan here.
The recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke award committee to recognise 87-year-old Viswanath was approved by I&B Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today.
The recipient of five National Film Awards, Viswanath is known for his movies � Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swati Mutyam, Saptapadi, Kaamchor, Sanjog and Jaag Utha Insaan among others.
Viswanath, who has made 50 movies since 1965, is known for making films on content-driven stories that have revolved around social themes. � PTI