Hyderabad: Telugu film critic and filmmaker KNT Sastry (73) passed away in Trimulgherry of Hyderabad on Thursday. He was ailing for past seven months.
Sastry won seven National Awards in all categories of film wards.- Film Critic, Film Book Publisher, Film Book Writer, Best documentary, Best First Film, Best Film and Best Regional Film awards.
Born on September 5, 1945, in KGF in Karnataka. Worked in various capacities in different newspapers. Started filmmaking with documentaries on nomad theatre group Surabhi. 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 travelled 45 festivals. All his films have travelled widely in a festival circuit. His famous documentary Harvesting Baby Girls on girl child trafficking in Telangana went on to win Audience Award at Amsterdam Documentary festival.
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.