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Tollywood is hearing the sad news of the passing away of legendary personalities. In a short span, we lost the likes of Rebel Star Krishnam Raju, Super Star Krishna, Kaikala Satyanarayana, legendary actress Jamuna, and veteran director-actor K.Viswanath. The ace director's demise pushed the industry into a big sorrow.
As Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR is a fan of the director and even requested the filmmaker to do a film, many felt that Kalatapasvi Viswanath would be laid to rest with state honours given the contributions he made to the industry.
K Viswanath's Swathi Muthyam was India's official entry to the Oscars in 1986 and this made many feel that he will get the state honours as Superstar Krishna, Krishnam Raju, and Kaikala Satyanarayana received.
On the other hand, the TRS government also announced that a statue of Krishnam Raju would be set up to honour the services he made to films and politics. However, actress Jamuna and directorKasinadhuni Viswanath did not get the state honours and they were not laid to rest with the 21-gun salute.
Though there is no official information on this, it is said that the controversy created by Nizam's funeral might be the reason behind this. Bharatiya Janata Party and other activists questioned how come a family member of King Nizam who is said to have butchered many people in the Princely state of Hyderabad was respected with a state honor.
On the other hand, the TRS government has been in favor of King Nizam and in the Assembly, KCR made statements praising King. In an address in Assembly, the Chief Minister said that Nizam is a great leader but history was changed during the combined state.
Laying the last Nizam to rest with complete state honours created a big controversy and attracted huge criticism from various corners, the Telangana Government is said to have decided to not give honors to Viswanath.
Vishwanath was laid to rest at the Punjagutta burial grounds following family traditions. His mortal remains were taken to the Burial ground from his house in a procession. Instead of cremation, he was buried as per the traditions.