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 ‘
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’, ‘
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’.
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.