A tribute to Visu, known for his middle-class melodramas like Samsaram Adhu Minsaram

Posted on March 23, 2020


The Visu Character™ was a fixture in The Visu Film™. He is to families what a skilled mechanic is to a car: however bad the damage, he fixes it.

Spoilers ahead…

A couple of years before the release of Super Deluxe, I did a profile-ish piece on Thiagarajan Kumararaja. One of the things he said surprised me as much as the sight of an alien creature in a Tamil movie. He said the film was his homage to Samsaram Adhu Minsaram. But now that we’ve seen Super Deluxe, we can kinda-sorta see what he meant. Kumararaja should have probably been more accurate and said his film was a mindfucked homage to the family drama that transformed Visu into a brand — but the criss-cross of plots and relationships, the efforts to rehabilitate sinners and help people un-judge the choices of others, the big summing-up “lecture”, it’s all there. The superstructure that Kumararaja built was a universe away from the “Visu sensibility”, but the foundations are similar.

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