Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday described K. Viswanath as an "outstanding filmmaker" and congratulated him for winning the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema.
"K. Viswanath has distinguished himself as an outstanding filmmaker. I congratulate him on being conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke award," Modi tweeted.
He also congratulated all those who got the National Film Awards on Wednesday. "We are proud of their creativity and contribution to cinema."
Vishwanath has directed 50 films, known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity. Some of his major Hindi films include "Sargam", "Kaamchor", "Sanjog", "Jaag Utha Insan" and "Eeshwar".