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Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanathan
1 July 1945
Tamil Nadu, India
|Died||22 March 2020 (aged 74)|
|Occupation||Director, writer, stage actor, film actor, television host.|
|Children||Lavanya, Sangeetha and Kalpana|
Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanathan (1 July 1945 – 22 March 2020), best known by his stage name Visu, was an Indian writer, director, stage, film and television actor and talk-show host. Visu initially worked as an assistant to director K. Balachander until becoming a director himself. He later began acting, with his first film being Kudumbam Oru Kadambam, directed by S. P. Muthuraman.
– Visu in 2016
In Visu's films, all the characters were given equal importance. Often, there was huge house wherein a joint family would reside and the character of Visu would solve their problems. Many of Visu's film titles contain rhyming words, a trait which began with Samsaram Adhu Minsaram. His movies focused on many family issues like dowry , need of remarriage for women , mother in law-Daughter in law disputes and so on which were occurring that time. In most of the films he directed there's a character named Uma,that's his wife's name.
A philanthropist, Visu had been supporting the needy through his own foundation. He became known for hosting live debates on television, namely Visuvin Makkal Arangam on Jaya TV and Arattai Arangam on Sun TV. He joined and campaigned for BJP.
|1980||Avan Aval Adhu||N||N|
|1981||Thillu Mullu||N||As a film crew||Voice-Over Actor (Dubbing)|
|1981||Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum||N||N|
|1981||Kudumbam Oru Kadambam||N||Srinivasa Raghavan|
|1982||Kanmani Poonga||Cricketer Ramkumar|
|1982||Manal Kayiru||Uthramerur Narathar Naidu|
|1984||Nallavanuku Nallavan||N||Owner Gangadharan|
|1984||Puyal Kadantha Boomi||Nammaalu alies Namachivaayan|
|1984||Vaai Sollil Veeranadi||Vengapuli Varadhachari|
|1985||Aval Sumangalithan||Watchman Aarumugam|
|1986||Mr. Bharath||N||Kumaresa Gounder|
|1986||Samsaram Adhu Minsaaram||Ammaiyappa Mudaliyar||National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment|
|1986||Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu||N||N||Thulasi's father|
|1986||Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu||N||N|
|1987||Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi||Naagarkoil Naadhamuni|
|1987||Kavalan Avan Kovalan||Prabhu's Father-in-law|
|1987||Aadade Aadharam||Telugu film|
|1987||Kathai Kathayam Karanamam||N||N|
|1988||Penmani Aval Kanmani||Radio Mama|
|1988||Veedu Manaivi Makkal||N||N||Subbaiah Pillai|
|1988||Mappillai Sir||N||N||Sock Puppet|
|1989||Sakalakala Sammandhi||Mayavaram Malayappan|
|1990||Varavu Nalla Uravu||Appa Ambalavanar||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer|
|1990||Vedikkai En Vadikkai||Kaavisattai Kandasamy|
|1992||Urimai Oonjaladugirathu||Kasturi's Father|
|1992||Neenga Nalla Irukkanum||National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues|
|1993||Chinna Mapillai||N||N||Marriage Broker|
|1994||Pattukottai Periyappa||Pattukottai Periyappa|
|1994||Aranmanai Kaavalan||N||N||CBI Officer|
|1994||Vaa Magale Vaa||Viswanathan|
|1994||Vanaja Girija||N||N||Business man Ramanathan|
|1994||Vaanga Partner Vaanga||N||N||Ganapathi|
|1995||God Father||N||N||Viswanatham||Telugu film|
|1996||Irattai Roja||N||N||Guest appearance|
|1996||Meendum Savithri||Narayana Moorthy|
|2001||Krishna Krishna||N||N||Advocate Viswanathan||Guest appearance|
|2001||Middle Class Madhavan||N||N||Advocate|
|2001||Vadagupatti Maapillai||N||N||Gomathi Shankar|
|2007||Cheena Thaana 001||N||N||Governor||Guest role|
|2007||Nenjirukkumvarai Ninaivirukkum||N||N||Guest role|
|2008||Ellam Avan Seyal||N||N|
|2013||Alex Pandian||N||N||Chief Minister|
|2013||Oruvar Meethu Iruvar Sainthu||N||N||Judge|
|2016||Manal Kayiru 2||N||Uthramerur Narathar Naidu|
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- "TANTIS". tamilfilmdirectorsassociation.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
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- "Looking back at the golden years". The New Indian Express. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
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- Devalla, Rani (11 November 2014). "A Passionate journey". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019.
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- "உடல்நலக்குறைவால் நடிகர் விசு காலமானார்..!" [Actor Visu expired due to illness]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). 22 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
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