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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. 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.
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|
– Visu in 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
His wife Sundhari (Uma) is a homemaker. He had three daughters, Lavanya, Sangeetha and Kalpana.
|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||Aadade Aadharam||Telugu film|
|1987||Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi||Naagarkoil Naadhamuni|
|1987||Kavalan Avan Kovalan||Prabhu's Father-in-law|
|1988||Penmani Aval Kanmani||Radio Mama|
|1988||Veedu Manaivi Makkal||N||N||Subbaiah Pillai|
|1988||Mappillai Sir||N||N||Sock Puppet|
|1988||Sakalakala Sammandhi||Mayavaram Sammandhi|
|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||Vaa Magale Vaa||Viswanathan|
|1994||Vanaja Girija||N||N||Business man Ramanathan|
|1994||Vaanga Partner Vaanga||N||N||Ganapathi|
|1995||God Father||N||N||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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- "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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