|Occupation||Actor, Director, Writer|
|Years active||1983 - present|
Yanamadala Kasi Viswanath is an Indian actor and director from Andhra Pradesh. He worked as an assistant director, associate director and co-director for 25 films. Later he directed the film Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu starring Tarun Kumar and Aarthi Agarwal. Nandamuri Kalyan Ram's Debut film Toli Choopulone was his second directorial before he became an actor with the film Nachavule directed by Ravi Babu. He played the father of hero in that film. Since then, he has acted in more than 90 films.
He was born in Purushottapatnam, Seethanagaram mandal near Raja Mahendravaram, East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. He completed his primary education in his native village. From 6th to 12th standard, he studied in Polavaram government high school. He did his B.Com degree from Raja Mahendravaram. His uncles used to own a film theater. He used to watch films from his childhood. Inspired by the films he used to prepare simple scripts and narrate them to his mother. She also encouraged him. When he was studying intermediate, he watched a film shooting of Tholi Kodi Kusindi directed by K. Balachander. He got inspired by that movie and used to discuss about films with his uncles. He proposed to his family that he would enter into film industry. His cousin Gadde Ratnaji Rao took him to Chennai and introduced him to Kanoori Ranjith Kumar who was producing the film Lanke Bindelu.
He started as assistant director to Vijaya Nirmala for the film Lanke Bindelu. When the film industry gradually shifted to Hyderabad, he moved there to work with Suresh Productions assisting in their film making. He worked as a co-director to hit films like Preminchukundam Raa, Kalisundam Raa, Ganesh. Then he got promoted as a director for the film Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu written by himself. He also directed the film Toli Choopulone, which was Nandamuri Kalyana Ram's first film as a hero produced by Usha Kiran Movies.
He got good name as a director for his first film. When he was waiting for the next film, he visited Annavaram temple. Director Ravi Babu met him there and offered a father role in his upcoming film Nachavule. Ravi Babu and Viswanath knew each other when they were working for Suresh Productions. He accepted that role and it got him good recognition as an actor. Later he played similar roles in many films.
|2002||Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu|
|2011||Mr Perfect||Maggie's relative|
|2012||Endukante Premanta||chef at Sravanthi's house|
|2012||Mem Vayasuku Vacham||Lucky's father|
|2014||Kotha Janta||Suvarna's father|
|2014||Pyar Mein Padipoyane||Chinna's father|
|2014||Govindudu Andarivadele||Satya's father|
|2015||Bhale Bhale Magadivoy||Praveen's Boss|
|2016||Karam Dosa||Transport Office Owner|
|2017||Maa Abbayi||Abbayi's father|
|2017||Kadaisi Bench Karthi (Tamil)||Karthi's father|
|2018||Naa Peru Surya||Varsha's father|
|2020||Amrutham Dhvitheeyam||Sanjeevan's father|
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