Kasi Viswanathan is a renowned editor of films of the Indian Cinema. He has mainly worked in the ‘Malayalam’, ‘Kannada’, and ‘Tamil’ language movies. Viswanathan always dreamt of becoming a cinematographer, but due to lack of opportunities, he failed to become one. Instead, he worked as the assistant of ‘K.Narayana’, an editor of ‘Malayalam’ films. Later on, he worked as the assistant editor in ‘Thevar Magan’ and ‘ Kuruthipunal’. ‘Thevar Magan’, a ‘Tamil’ picture, was released in 1992.

Bharathan’ was the director and actors like ‘ Revathi’, ‘ Sivaji Ganesan’, ‘ Nassar’, ‘Kamal Hassan’, and ‘Gouthami’ played the main roles. On the other hand, ‘Kuruthipunal’ was a ‘Tamil’ film released in 1995. ‘P.C.Sreeram’ had directed it and veteran actors like ‘Kamal Hassan’, ‘Nassar’, and ‘ Arjun’ played the main roles and supporting roles respectively. He had also worked for many different language films, with ‘A. Sreekar Prasad’, like ‘Kannada’, ‘Oriya’, and ‘Sinhalese’ as an apprentice.

As a full fledged editor, ‘Aalavandhan’ was his debut film. It was released in 2001 and with a genre of psychological thriller; ‘ Suresh Krissna’ had directed it and ‘S.Thanu’ had produced it. The lead role was played by ‘Kamal Hassan’ and ‘ Manisha Koirala’, ‘Milind gunaji’, ‘Raveena Tondon, and ‘Vallabh Vyas’ were the supporting actors. It was one of the earliest movies that had used animation. He edited another movie in 2002, namely ‘Pammal K. Sambandam’. It is a rom-com. for his first film, he was awarded for the Best Editor by The ‘Tamil Nadu State Film Awards’.

He has also worked with ‘ Prakash Raj’ in many movies. The other directors with whom he has worked include ‘ Seenu Ramasamy’, ‘ Radha Mohan’, ‘Sundar C’, and ‘ Suseenthiran’. Subsequently, he edited movies one after the other. In 2003, he edited ‘Punnagai Poove’ and ‘ Naam’. Both of them are ‘Tamil’ films with the genre of drama and romance respectively. ‘Vaanam Vasappadum’ was released in 2004. ‘Ponniyin Selvan’, ‘ Chinna’, and ‘Azhagiya Theeye’ came out in the year 2005.

The other works include ‘Thalai Nagaram’, and ‘Chithiram Pesuthadi’ in 2006, ‘Veerappu’, and ‘ Mozhi’ in 2007, ‘Aayudham Seivom’, ‘Velli Thirai’, and ‘Abhiyum Naanum’ in the year 2008, ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’, and ‘Ainthaam Padai’ in 2009, and in 2010 came out ‘Thenmerku Koottam’ and ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’. For ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’, he received an award for the Best Editor by ‘The Vijay Awards’. Kasi Viswanathan’s other edited films are ‘ Kullanari Koottam’, ‘ Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai’, ‘Rajapattai’, ‘ Neerparavai’, ‘ Veeram’, ‘ Sivappu’, ‘ Dharma Durai’, ‘ Maaveeran Kittu’, ‘ Azhiyatha Kolangal’, ‘ Merku Thodarchi Malai’, and ‘ Idam Porul Yaeval’. ‘ Sangamithra’ is his upcoming film which will be released in 2018. As an actor, he did his first film, ‘Maaveeran Kittu’. It was directed by ‘Suseenthiran’.

Another Version

Kasi Viswanathan is a renowned film editor who works for Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages. He has even acted in one movie and taken the credit for being an actor. The film was 'Maaveeran Kittu' which released in 2016, and the film was edited by him. The film was directed by Suseenthiran. Recently, again he was part of writer-cum-director Suseenthiran’s camp which featured him in editing the movie 'Nenjil Thunivirundhal’ shot in Tamil and Telugu.

He had made successful collaboration with Prakash Raj's productions (Duet Movies) and even had a good association with filmmakers like Seenu Ramasamy, Sundar C, Radha Mohan. In 2001, he made debut as an editor in movie 'Aalavandhan' directed by Suresh Krissna and produced by S. Thanu. Before joining movies, the editor had a dream to work as a cinematographer but faced rejection at times.So he chose to work as an assistant to Malayalam editor K. Narayanan. He later got some big projects like ‘Thevar Magan’ (1992) and another big banner ‘Kurutipunal’ (1996) wherein he worked as an associate editor to N. P. Satish.

He later worked as an apprentice under A. Sreekar Prasad and got trained to edit films of several languages including Oriya, Sinhalese, and Kannada. For the movie in which he made a debut, Kasi Viswanathan had to work; he had to experiment with techniques that needed his knowledge of animation and motion capture cameras. He had handled exceptionally well the editing portion of car-bike chase scenes, fight sequences, etc. in many movies which fetched him wider recognition in Kollywood.

In an earlier part of his career in Kollywood, he began his journey with many Kamal Haasan’s movies. He was a just cine buff and a commoner who knew nothing about cinema but had a dream to become a cinematographer. Remember the iconic scene between Sivaji and Kamal in ‘Devar Magan’ where Sivaji tells Komal to leave? The shot was a master-shot which needed excellent editing. It was Kamal Haasan who had advised him that if he does not grasp the digital technology, then editing would become a totally difficult task.

Remember the car scene chase in 'Aalavandhan ', - the editor admits that Kamal can be kept in the forefront in bringing digital revolution in cinema. In certain movies, he feels that dubbing is to be followed with trimming too. He worked in such movies too. Take for instance the movie' Mozhi ' which featured Jyotika as a dumb artiste. These are the few films that brought him a lot of recognition. Sometimes, he feels that he has committed himself to a bad project.

He admires Editor Lenin who matches screenplay and story with perfect editing. He is an admirer of Suseentrhan who is a family member. His good film that he can consider as his best was 'Neerparavai'. This editor has contributed to Duet Productions movies which are run by actor Prakash Raj.

Abhro Banerjee Kannada Actor

Abhro Banerjee

Abhro Banerjee is an editor of documentaries, short films, Bengali and Bollywood and Kannada film too. He is also a writer and worked with visual effects, music and sound departments too. The first film he handled as an independent editor in a feature film was a Bengali movie 'Abosheshey' (2011) which had stars like Roopa Ganguly, Raima Sen and Ankur Khanna in lead roles. Aditi Roy directed the film and Anil B Dev produced the movie. The film was screened at many international film festivals and won accolades too from critics. In the year2012, he wrote the story and did the screenplay for a movie ‘Love You To Death’ which was directed by Rafeeq Ellias who also had a share in the screenplay of the film. Abhro Banerjee acted in the movie too along with Kallol Banerjee and Sohrab Ardeshir, He began his career with a documentary 'Nero's Guest' (2009) which was directed by Deepa Bhatia. He was the editor of this documentary. In the year 2011, he again handled the editing department of the documentary 'Quarter No. 4/11' which released in Korea. A few more documentary films that he was associated as an editor are 'Limitless' (2017), 'Our Metropolis'(2014), 'Distance' (2014), and 'Fireflies in the Abyss' (2015). He also edited some short movies like 'Arre Baba' which depicted the story of a young hid Devika who has no mother but her father takes care of her. He cannot understand that she misses having a mother. The short film was written and directed by Surya Balakrishnan. Director Surya Balakrishna also had written the screenplay. In the year 2015, he was editor of a Kannada movie 'The Plan' which was written and directed by Keerthi. by Ashok Shetty, Sunil Shetty, and Keerthi produced the film. It was a suspense thriller movie that depicted the life of the prisoners when they plan to escape from the jail. Do they succeed in their plan? Editing for this Kannada movie was by Abhro Banerjee and Dipankar Sikder was the cinematographer.


Dharmendra Kakarala

Dharmendra Kakarala is an editor of films of the Indian Cinema. He mainly works for ‘Telugu’ language movies. He was born in the year 1981 in the town of ‘Eluru’ in the state of ‘Andhra Pradesh’. He belongs to a renowned family of ‘Eluru’ as his great grandfather was, namely ‘K Balakrishna Rao’ was a very popular lawyer, his grandmother was an active worker of an NGO, and his grandfather was a famed physician of his town. After school, he began to pursue B.A. in college but did not complete the degree because of his interest in the film industry. After making several attempts for his degree, he decided to learn ‘Film Making’ from an institute in ‘Kolkata’, ‘Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute’. In the year 2004, he graduated from this institute and worked as an assistant editor in many movies. His initial films include ‘Lakshmi Kalyanam’, ‘Chandamama’, ‘Oka V Chitram’, ‘Mysamma’, ‘Rakhee’, ‘Adi Vishnu’, ‘Bangaaru Babu’, and ‘Mestry’. In 2010, he worked in ‘Prasthanam’ as the principal editor. It is a ‘Telugu’ film with a genre of thriller and politics. ‘Deva Katta’ was the director and ‘Ravi Vallabhaneni’ was the producer. The picture was a huge hit and had bagged many Filmfare Awards. Stars like ‘Sai Kumar’, ‘Ruby Parihar’, ‘Sharvanand’, ‘Vennela Kishore’, and ‘Sundeep Kishan’ have been a part of this film. The other movies listed under his edition and filmography are ‘LBW-Life Before Wedding’(a ‘Telugu’ language movie directed by ‘Praveen Sattaru’ and lead role played by ‘Abhijeeth Poondla’), ‘Dhada’(a 2011 release picture in which ‘Kajal’ and ‘Naga Chaitanya’ have played the roles of main characters and ‘Ajay Bhuyan’ was the producer), ‘Vennela 1 ½’(a production of ‘Varma’ and ‘Vasu’, it has actors like ‘Brahmanandam’, ‘Chaitanya Krishna’, ‘Vennela Kishore’, and ‘Monal Gajjar’), and ‘Routine Love Story’(‘Regina Cassandra’ and ‘Sundeep Kishan’ have played the lead roles and ‘Praveen Sattaru’ was the director). In the year 2013, he came up with many films like ‘Mallela Theeram Lo Sirimalle Puvvu’, ‘Bangaru Kodipetta’, ‘D for Dopidi’, and ‘Amrutham Chandamama Lo’. ‘Chandamama Kathalu’ and ‘Hitudu’ are ‘Telugu’ movies released in 2014. In 2015, he edited ‘Dagudumutha Dandakor’, ‘Bandipotu’, and ‘Asura’. In the following year, he had edited pictures like ‘Padesave’(‘Nithya Shetty’ was the lead cast of it), ‘Guntur Talkies’(with a genre of comedy, adult, and crime, ‘Praveen Sattaru’ was the director and ‘Rashmi Gautam’, ‘Naresh’, and ‘Siddu Jonnalagadda’ were the star cast), ‘Sobhan Babu’, and ‘PSV Garuda Vega’. For 2017, he is coming up with ‘Pullela Gopichand’.

Dharmendra Kakarala Kannada Actor