Director KNT Sastry Passed Away

Noted Telugu film critic and filmmaker KNT Sastry who had won many International and national awards has passed away. KNT Sastry (73) passed away in Trimulgherry of Hyderabad on Thursday night. He was ailing for past seven months.

Sastri had started his career as a journalist and later on worked as writer and director. He had also won the Nandi award for the films Thalidanam and Surabi (Documentary). Sastry won seven National Awards in all categories of film awards.- Film Critic, Film Book Publisher, Film Book Writer, Best Documentary, Best First Film, Best Film, and Best Regional Film awards.

He made films including Tiladaanam, Kamli, Sarasammana Salado, Shanu. He has won 12 international awards including Best Film for Tiladaanam at Pusan International Film Festival, the film won 7 international awards and traveled 45 festivals. All his films have traveled widely in the festival circuit. His famous documentary Harvesting Baby Girls on girl child trafficking in Telangana went on to win Audience Award at Amsterdam Documentary festival.

The director cum writer had made 10 films which are message oriented and are made on a small budget. He also worked as a jury member for some of the films and had written some books a film critic. He has also written English monograph books on Chittoor V. Nagaiah, Bhanumati Ramakrishna, LV Prasad, Nagi Reddy -Chakrapani. His Telugu book on Alanati Chalana Chitram is widely read.

Myfirstshow expresses deep condolences to his family.