Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanthan (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.

Visu
Born
Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanathan[1]

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

CareerEdit

"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 his 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. He was paired with K. R. Vijaya in Aval Sumangalithan, wherein the characters 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 and this film was a critically acclaimed blockbuster.[citation needed]

His family dramas, including Samsaram Adhu Minsaaram, Penmani Aval Kanmani, Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi, Ketti Melam, Vaai Sollil Veerandi, Raja Thandiram, Dowry Kalyanam, Sakalakaala Sambandhi, Pudhiya Sagaptham, Naanayam Ilatha Nanayam, Varvu Nalla Uravu, Vedikkai En Vadikkai, Manal Kayiru, Puyal Kadantha Bhoomi, Urimai Oonjal Adigirathu, Kanmani Poonga, Pattukottai Periyappa, Kavalan Avan Kovalan, Vaa Magale Vaa, among others, were blockbusters. Each of them had the combination of director, writer of dialogues and screenplay writer and the main role being that of Visu. His film produced by the AIDMK government, Neenga Nalla Irukkanum in 1992 and Meendum Savitri starring Revathi, were box office flops but critically acclaimed. He directed a remake of his own film Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi in Telugu as Srimathi Oka Baahumathi.[citation needed]

He acted in the Telugu film Illu Illalu Pillalu, directed by Dorai Raju, which was a remake of Veedu Manaivi Makkal. He also appeared in supporting roles in films directed by others, like Maya Bazar (1995), Irratai Roja, Arunachalam, Vasuki, Nesam, Aravindham and Middle Class Madhavan.[citation needed]

Other worksEdit

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.[5][6] He joined and campaigned for BJP.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife Sundhari (Uma) is a homemaker. He had three daughters, Lavanya, Sangeetha and Kalpana.[citation needed]

DeathEdit

Visu died from kidney failure[8] on 22 March 2020[9][10] at Chennai.[11]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Credited as Role Notes
Director Writer Actor
1977 Pattina Pravesam  N  Y  N
1978 Sadhurangam  N  Y  N also dialogue
1980 Avan Aval Adhu  N  Y  N
1980 Mazhalai Pattalam  N  Y  N
1981 Thillu Mullu  N  Y  Y As a film crew Voice-Over Actor (Dubbing)
1981 Netrikkann  N  Y  N
1981 Keezh Vaanam Sivakkum  N  Y  N
1981 Kudumbam Oru Kadambam  N  Y  Y Srinivasa Raghavan
1982 Kanmani Poonga  Y  Y  Y Cricketer Ramkumar
1982 Simla Special  N  Y  N
1982 Manal Kayiru  Y  Y  Y Uthramerur Narathar Naidu
1982 Pudhukavithai  N  Y  N
1983 Dowry Kalyanam  Y  Y  Y Ganesh
1984 Nallavanuku Nallavan  N  Y  Y Owner Gangadharan
1984 Puyal Kadantha Boomi  Y  Y  Y Nammaalu alies Namachivaayan
1984 Rajathandhiram  Y  Y  Y Bairavan
1984 Vaai Sollil Veeranadi  Y  Y  Y Vengapuli Varadhachari
1984 Naanayamillatha Naanayam  Y  Y  Y Veerapandi
1984 Oorukku Upadesam  N  N  Y Sankaran
1985 Puthiya Sagaptham  Y  Y  Y Ramadasaradan
1985 Aval Sumangalithan  Y  Y  Y Watchman Aarumugam
1985 Ketti Melam  Y  Y  Y
1985 Chidambara Rahasiyam  Y  Y  Y Beemarao
1986 Mr. Bharath  N  Y  Y Kumaresa Gounder
1986 Samsaram Adhu Minsaaram  Y  Y  Y Ammaiyappa Mudaliyar National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
1986 Oomai Vizhigal  N  N  Y Rathnasabapathy
1986 Mella Thirandhathu Kadhavu  N  N  Y Thulasi's father
1986 Thaaiku Oru Thaalaattu  N  N  Y
1986 Anandha Kanneer  N  N  Y
1987 Aadade Aadharam  Y  Y  Y Telugu film
1987 Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi  Y  Y  Y Naagarkoil Naadhamuni
1987 Kavalan Avan Kovalan  Y  Y  Y Prabhu's Father-in-law
1988 Penmani Aval Kanmani  Y  Y  Y Radio Mama
1988 Veedu Manaivi Makkal  N  N  Y Subbaiah Pillai
1988 Mappillai Sir  N  N  Y Sock Puppet
1988 Sakalakala Sammandhi  Y  Y  Y Mayavaram Sammandhi
1990 Varavu Nalla Uravu  Y  Y  Y Appa Ambalavanar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
1990 Vedikkai En Vadikkai  Y  Y  Y Kaavisattai Kandasamy
1992 Mannan  N  N  Y Viswanathan
1992 Urimai Oonjaladugirathu  Y  Y  Y Kasturi's Father
1992 Neenga Nalla Irukkanum  Y  Y  Y National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues
1993 Uzhaippali  N  N  Y Barrister
1993 Chinna Mapillai  N  N  Y Marriage Broker
1994 Pattukottai Periyappa  Y  Y  Y Pattukottai Periyappa
1994 Vaa Magale Vaa  Y  Y  Y Viswanathan
1994 Vanaja Girija  N  N  Y Business man Ramanathan
1994 Vaanga Partner Vaanga  N  N  Y Ganapathi
1995 Mayabazar  N  N  Y
1995 God Father  N  N  Y Telugu film
1996 Irattai Roja  N  N  Y Guest appearance
1996 Meendum Savithri  Y  Y  Y Narayana Moorthy
1997 Nesam  N  N  Y
1997 Aravindhan  N  N  Y
1997 Adimai Changili  N  N  Y
1997 Vasuki  N  N  Y Ramasamy
1997 Arunachalam  N  N  Y Adv. Rangachari
1997 Sishya  N  N  Y
1997 Vaimaye Vellum  N  N  Y
1998 Bhagavath Singh  N  N  Y
1999 Anbulla Kadhalukku  N  N  Y
1999 Mannavaru Chinnavaru  N  N  Y
2000 Kakkai Siraginilae  N  N  Y
2000 Vaanavil  N  N  Y himself
2001 Sigamani Ramamani  Y  Y  Y Sundaramoorthy
2001 Krishna Krishna  N  N  Y Advocate Viswanathan Guest appearance
2001 Middle Class Madhavan  N  N  Y Advocate
2001 Vadagupatti Maapillai  N  N  Y Gomathi Shankar
2001 Looty  N  N  Y
2003 Thithikudhe  N  N  Y himself
2004 Maha Nadigan  N  N  Y
2005 Ji  N  N  Y Raghavan
2007 Cheena Thaana 001  N  N  Y Governor Guest role
2007 Nenjirukkumvarai Ninaivirukkum  N  N  Y Guest role
2008 Ellam Avan Seyal  N  N  Y
2009 Innoruvan  N  N  Y Judge
2013 Alex Pandian  N  N  Y Chief Minister
2013 Oruvar Meethu Iruvar Sainthu  N  N  Y Judge
2016 Manal Kayiru 2  N  Y  Y Uthramerur Narathar Naidu

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ thmrn. "The Hindu: Inimitable Visu". hindu.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  6. ^ Devalla, Rani (11 November 2014). "A Passionate journey". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Veteran actor Visu joins BJP". Deccan Chronicle. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Director Visu passes away". The Times of India. 22 March 2020. Archived from the original on 22 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  11. ^ "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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