Visu

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Visu
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Born
Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanathan[1]

(1945-07-01)1 July 1945[2]
Tamil Nadu, India
Died22 March 2020(2020-03-22) (aged 74)
Chennai, India
OccupationDirector, writer, stage actor, film actor, television host.
Years active1981–2016
Spouse(s)Sundhari
(m.1975–2020)
ChildrenLavanya, Sangeetha and Kalpana
RelativesKishmu (brother)

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.[3] 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.

Style[edit]

"Growing up in a joint family, I observed how each person had a difference of opinion. It wasn't bad; just that we were different. I wondered, ‘Wouldn't other joint families have similar issues?’ So I started writing scripts that reflect the day-to-day scenario in a joint family".

– Visu in 2016[4]

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.[5]

Other works[edit]

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.[6][7] He joined and campaigned for BJP.[8]

Death[edit]

Visu died from kidney failure[9] on 22 March 2020[10][11] at Chennai.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Director Writer Actor
1977 Pattina Pravesam Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1978 Sadhurangam Red XN Green tickY Red XN also dialogue
1980 Avan Aval Adhu Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1980 Mazhalai Pattalam 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 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 Simla Special Red XN Green tickY Red XN
1982 Manal Kayiru Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Uthramerur Narathar Naidu
1982 Pudhukavithai Red XN Green tickY Red XN
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 Nammaalu alies Namachivaayan
1984 Rajathandhiram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Bairavan
1984 Vaai Sollil Veeranadi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Vengapuli Varadhachari
1984 Naanayamillatha Naanayam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Veerapandi
1984 Oorukku Upadesam Red XN Red XN Green tickY Sankaran
1985 Puthiya Sagaptham Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ramadasaradan
1985 Aval Sumangalithan Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Watchman Aarumugam
1985 Ketti Melam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY
1985 Chidambara Rahasiyam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Beemarao
1986 Mr. Bharath Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Kumaresa Gounder
1986 Samsaram Adhu Minsaaram Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Ammaiyappa Mudaliyar National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
1986 Oomai Vizhigal Red XN Red XN Green tickY Rathnasabapathy
1986 Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu Red XN Red XN Green tickY Thulasi's father
1986 Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1986 Anandha Kanneer Red XN Red XN Green tickY
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
1987 Aadade Aadharam Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Telugu film
1987 Kathai Kathayam Karanamam Red XN Red XN Green tickY
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 Mappillai Sir Red XN Red XN Green tickY Sock Puppet
1989 Sakalakala Sammandhi Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Mayavaram Malayappan
1990 Varavu Nalla Uravu Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Appa Ambalavanar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
1990 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 Aranmanai Kaavalan Red XN Red XN Green tickY CBI Officer
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
1995 God Father Red XN Red XN Green tickY Viswanatham Telugu film
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
1997 Vaimaye Vellum Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1998 Bhagavath Singh Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1999 Anbulla Kadhalukku Red XN Red XN Green tickY
1999 Mannavaru Chinnavaru Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2000 Kakkai Siraginilae Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2000 Vaanavil Red XN Red XN Green tickY himself
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
2001 Looty Red XN Red XN Green tickY
2003 Thithikudhe Red XN Red XN Green tickY himself
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 Judge
2009 Kannukulle 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. ^ "CHATTING for a cause". The Hindu. 19 August 2004. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ "TANTIS". tamilfilmdirectorsassociation.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ Balasubramanian, V. (3 April 2014). "I never left the stage". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Looking back at the golden years". The New Indian Express. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  5. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (23 March 2020). "A Tribute To Visu, Known For His Middle-Class Melodramas Like Samsaram Adhu Minsaram". Film Companion. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ thmrn. "The Hindu: Inimitable Visu". hindu.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  7. ^ Devalla, Rani (11 November 2014). "A Passionate journey". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Veteran actor Visu joins BJP". Deccan Chronicle. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Veteran Kollywood director Visu passes away at 74". The New Indian Express. 22 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Director Visu passes away". The Times of India. 22 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Veteran Kollywood director Visu passes away at 74". The News Minute. 22 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.

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