Meenakshisundaram Ramasamy Viswanthan, who is widely known as Visu, breathed his last on March 22. The veteran Tamil actor-director passed away at the age of 74 in Chennai, due to kidney failure. Before getting into acting and direction, Visu worked as a writer for several films. He first penned down the script for the movie Pattina Pravesam that released in 1977. It was in 1981 that Visu made his acting debut with a small role in the movie Thillu Mullu. In the same year he got to play the lead in the film Kudumbam Oru Kadambam. The following year he made his directorial debut with Kanmani Poonga. He was also the writer and the lead actor in this movie. Veteran Tamil Actor-Director Visu Passes Away At 74.
Visu’s demise is a huge loss for Tamil cinema. He was one of the most respected artistes of Kollywood. Notable actors of the Tamil film industry took to Twitter to offer condolence. It included superstar Rajinikanth, Karthi Sivakumar, Radikaa Sarathkumar, Vignesh Shivan, and many others. Let’s take a look tweets posted by celebs on Twitter.
என் அன்பிற்கும் மரியாதைக்கும் உரிய நண்பர், ஒப்பற்ற எழுத்தாளர், இயக்குனர், நடிகர் விசு அவர்களின் மறைவு என் மனதை மிகவும் பாதித்துள்ளது. அவரை இழந்து வருந்தும் குடும்பத்தினர், நண்பர்கள் மற்றும் ரசிகர்களுக்கு என் ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கல்களைத் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறேன்.
— Rajinikanth (@rajinikanth) March 22, 2020
Deepest condolences on the demise of legendary #Visu sir. He’ll always be remembered for his classic films / talk shows & the family values for which he stood by. As a strong administrator & a guiding force in many assn. his absence creates a huge void. We will miss you sir. pic.twitter.com/RlXqx7YTbu
— Actor Karthi (@Karthi_Offl) March 22, 2020
RIP director and writer Visu sir, contribution to cinema and stage was immense. Our condolences to the family and key he rest in peace.
— Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) March 22, 2020
This legend has left us !
A wonderful writer , fantastic director , unique actor , orator touched families with his connectable sentiments & witty dialogues! His films make sense even today ! Heartfelt Condolences to #visu sir’s family & friends! #RIPVisu sir #Legend #Genius pic.twitter.com/aMaZWE5CX3
— Vignesh Shivan (@VigneshShivN) March 22, 2020
We miss you #Visu Sir. Your contributions through films, scripts, talk shows have been so valuable to our society. 🙏🙏🙏
Aum Shanthi 🙏 pic.twitter.com/GQExDavbjQ
— sukanya (@SukanyaActor) March 22, 2020
🙏Director #Visu sir 🙏prayers
— Lakshmy Ramakrishnan (@LakshmyRamki) March 22, 2020
— Allari Naresh (@allarinaresh) March 22, 2020
Visu was also popular in the small screen industry. He was known for hosting live debate programmes such as the Visuvin Makkal Arangam and Arattai Arangam. Visu is survived by his wife Sundhari and three daughters - Lavanya, Sangeetha and Kalpana.