Visu

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Visu
Born M. R. Viswanthan
(1945-07-01) 1 July 1945 (age 72)[1]
Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Director, producer, writer, stage actor, film actor, television host
Years active 1981-Present
Spouse(s) Uma (née Sundari)
Awards National Awardee

M. R. Viswanathan (born 1 July 1945), best known by his stage name Visu, is 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.

In the films directed by him, all characters were given equal importance.Often in his films, there was huge house wherein a joint family would reside and character of Visu would solve their problems.He was paired with K. R. Vijaya in Aval Sumangalithan wherein character of Karthik Muthuraman and Illavarasi were given importance in the second half of the film.Again in Veedu Manaivi Makkal, he was paired with K.R.Vijaya. He cast his brother Kishmu opposite Manorama in Chidambara Rahasyam and Vedikkai En Vadikkai.He casted M. N. Rajam as the evil mother-in-law in Penmani Aval Kanmani and as over cautious mother in Thirumathi Oru Vegamathi. His family dramas are laced with heavy dose of comedy along-with message for audience. The films like Samsaram Adhu Minsaaram, Penmani Aval Kanmani,Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi, Ketti Melam, Vaai Sollil Veerandi, Raja Thandiram, Dowry Kalyanam , Sakalakaala Sambandhi, Pudiya Sagaptham, Naanayam Ilatha Nanayam, Varvu Nalla Oravu, Vedikkai En Vadikkai, Manal Kayiru,Puyal Kadantha Bhoomi, Urimai Oonjal Adigirathu, Kanmani Poonga, Pattukotai Periyapa, Vaa Magale Vaa became blockbusters in the respire year of release, with them often coming in the top five highest grossing films of the year and are considered classics today. Each of them had the combination of director, writer of dialogues and screenplay writer and the main role being that of Visu. He often casted his brother Kishmu, S.V.Sekhar, Manorama, Kamla Kamesh, Delhi Ganesh, Dilip, Illavarasi, Illavarasan, Madhuri, Omakuchi Narasimhan in his directorial ventures. His film produced by Aidmk government Neengaa Nalla Irukkanam in 1992 and Meendum Savitri starring Revathi, were box office flops but were critically acclaimed.He also directed Prabhu in double role in Kavalan Avan Kovalan. He has sung songs in the films in Kaavalan Avan Kovalan and Pattukotai Periyappa.

He directed movies in Telugu as well. Adade Adharam was remake of Penmani Aval Kanmani.He acted in Telugu film Illu Illalu Pillalu directed by Dorai Raju, which was remake of Veedu Manaivi Makkal. He directed remake of his film Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi in Telugu as Srimathi Oka Baahumathi.

He also acted in films, wherein he was not the director like Oorukku Upadesham,Oomai Vizhigal, Mella Thirandha Kadavu , Veedu Manaivi Makkaal, Mappilai Sir, Uzhaipali,Vanaja Girija, Vanga Partner Vaanga, Maya Bazar 1995, Irratai Roja, Arunachalam, Vasuki, Nesam,Aravindham, and Middle Class Madhavan.

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.[2]

Personal Life[edit]

His wife Uma is a Homemaker.He has three daughters V.Lavanya, V.Sangeetha, and V.Kalpana. They are married and settled in the US. Lavanya moved to Chennai to help him in his Profession.His younger brother is actor Kishmu.

Filmography[edit]

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Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Director Writer Actor
1980 Avan Aval Adhu Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1981 Thillu Mullu Red XN Green tickY Green tickY As a film crew Voice-Over Actor (Dubbing)
1981 Netrikkann Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1981 Simla Special Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1981 Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Srinivasa Raghavan
1982 Kanmani Poonga Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Cricketer Ramkumar
1982 Manal Kayiru Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Uthramerur Narathar Naidu
1983 Dowry Kalyanam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ganesh
1984 Nallavanuku Nallavan Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Owner Gangadharan
1984 Puyal Kadantha Boomi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1984 Rajathanthiram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Bairavan
1984 Vaai Sollil Veeranadi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Vengapuli Varadhachari
1984 Nanayamillatha Nanayam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Veerapandi
1984 Oorukku Upadhesam Red XN Red XN Green tickY Sankaran
1985 Aval Sumangalithan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Watchman Aarumugam
1985 Puthiya Sagaptham Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ramadasaradan
1985 Ketti Melam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1986 Chidambara Rahasiyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Beemarao
1986 Oomai Vizhigal Red XN Red XN Green tickY Rathnasabapathy
1986 Mr. Bharath Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Kumaresa Gounder
1986 Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Red XN Red XN Green tickY Thulasi's father
1986 Samsaram Adhu Minsaaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ammaiyappa Mudaliyar National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
1987 Adade Adharam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu film
1987 Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Naagarkoil Naadhamuni
1987 Kavalan Avan Kovalan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Prabhu's Father-in-law
1988 Penmani Aval Kanmani Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Radio Mama
1988 Veedu Manaivi Makkal Red XN Red XN Green tickY Subbaiah Pillai
1988 Mapillai Sir Red XN Red XN Green tickY Sock Puppet
1988 Sakalakala Sammandhi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Mayavaram Sammandhi
1990 Varavu Nalla Uravu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Appa Ambalavanar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
1992 Vedikkai En Vadikkai Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kaavisattai Kandasamy
1992 Mannan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Viswanathan
1992 Urimai Oonjaladugirathu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Kasturi's Father
1992 Neenga Nalla Irukkanum Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues
1993 Uzhaippali Red XN Red XN Green tickY Barrister
1993 Chinna Mapillai Red XN Red XN Green tickY Marriage Broker
1994 Pattukottai Periyappa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Pattukottai Periyappa
1994 Vaa Magale Vaa Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Viswanathan
1994 Vanaja Girija Red XN Red XN Green tickY Business man Ramanathan
1994 Vaanga Partner Vaanga Red XN Red XN Green tickY Ganapathi
1995 Mayabazar Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1996 Irattai Roja Red XN Red XN Green tickY Guest appearance
1996 Meendum Savithri Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Narayana Moorthy
1997 Nesam Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1997 Aravindhan Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1997 Adimai Changili Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1997 Vasuki Red XN Red XN Green tickY Ramasamy
1997 Arunachalam Red XN Red XN Green tickY Adv. Rangachari
1997 Sishya Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1999 Anbulla Kadhalukku Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1999 Mannavaru Chinnavaru Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2001 Sigamani Ramamani Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Sundaramoorthy
2001 Krishna Krishna Red XN Red XN Green tickY Advocate Viswanathan Guest appearance
2001 Middle Class Madhavan Red XN Red XN Green tickY Advocate
2001 Vadagupatti Maapillai Red XN Red XN Green tickY Gomathi Shankar
2004 Maha Nadigan Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2005 Ji Red XN Red XN Green tickY Raghavan
2007 Cheena Thaana 001 Red XN Red XN Green tickY Governor Guest role
2007 Nenjirukkumvarai Ninaivirukkum Red XN Red XN Green tickY Guest role
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2009 Innoruvan Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2013 Alex Pandian Red XN Red XN Green tickY Chief Minister
2013 Oruvar Meethu Iruvar Sainthu Red XN Red XN Green tickY Judge
2016 Manal Kayiru 2 Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Uthramerur Narathar Naidu

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TANTIS". tamilfilmdirectorsassociation.com. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  2. ^ thmrn. "The Hindu : Inimitable Visu". hindu.com. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

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