Vijayakanth

Vijayaraj Azhagarswami Naidu, professionally known by his stage name Vijayakanth, is a Tamil film actor and politician in Tamil Nadu, India. He is the founder of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam and a Member of Legislative Assembly representing Virudhachalam, Tamil Nadu, India.

Early life

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Vijayakanth was born as Vijayaraj raja on 25 August 1952 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. His family deity is Veera Chinnamma at Kangeyanatham. His parents are KN Alagarswami and Aandal Azhagarswami. His father had a rice mill and was a popular man in the region. Alagarswami was Madurai’s Counsellor for two terms.

Vijayakanth had a stepmom by the name Rukmaniammal and she had 7 children and on the whole, alagarswami had 11 children He married Premalatha on 31 January 1990 and had two sons named Vijay Prabhakar and Shanmuga Pandian. Upon entering the film industry to pursue an acting career, Director Khaja (who directed his first film) changed his name to ” Amirtaraj” and then “Vijayakanth”, dropping the “raj” out of his name and suffixing “kanth.” He is nicknamed “Captain” which was taken from his film Captain Prabhakharan.

Education

Vijayakanth first studied in Rosary Convent in Madurai and later continued his education in M C School in Madurai. He later switched over to Devakottai T. Britto High School where he was an inmate. Vijayakanth’s confidant till date, Ibrahim Ravuthar was his school friend.

Acting career

Vijayakanth has starred in films including Amman Koil Kizhakkaley, Vaidegi Kathirundal, Chinna Gounder, Vanathai Pola, Sethupathi IPS, Captain Prabakaran, Pulanvisaaranai, Ulavu Thurai, Periyanna, Ramana, Neranja Manasu, and Sabari.

Politics

He formed the center-left winged Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), a regional political party in Tamil Nadu. He formally announced party formation on 14 September 2005 at Madurai. His party contested in all seats in 2006 assembly elections and won one seat contested by him.

Trivia

  1. In 1984, Vijayakanth acted in 18 films
  2. Vijayakanth has a honour of playing the lead role in the first 3D Tamil movie ” AnnaiBhoomi”
  3. Vijakanth has not acted in any other languages other than tamil
  4. He has acted with Kamal Hasan in a movie named Manakanaku
  5. He has acted with RajiniKanth in a movie named En Kaelvikku Enna Bathil, however the scenes in which he appears were edited and so you can’t see them as a part of the movie.
  6. Vijayakanth is instrumental in introducing, actors SarathKumar, Mansoor ali khan, Livingstone and several other film institute students(R.K.Selvamani, R.Aravintharaj, Ilavarasan etc), as actors and directors.
  7. Though Vijayakanth hasn’t acted in other language films, each and every film of him has been dubbed into Telugu language and has led to huge revenue collection.

Awards and honours

  • 1986 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Amman Koyil Kizhakalae
  • 1989 – Cinema Express Best Actor Award for Poonthotta Kavalkaran
  • 2001 – Kalaimamani Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu
  • 2001 – Cinema Express Best Actor Award for Vanathai Pole
  • 2001 – Indian Government’s Best Citizen award
  • 2009 – Filmfare Top 10 Legends of Tamil Cinema Award
  • 2001 – Government of Tamil Nadu presented the title and award of Kalaimamani

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2010 Virudhagiri Filming
2009 Engal Aasaan Mahendran
2009 Mariyadhai Annamalai,
Raja
2008 Arasangam Arivarasu
2007 Sabari Sabari
2006 Dharmapuri Sivaraman
2006 Sudesi Sudesi
2006 Perarasu Kasi Viswanath/Perarasu
2006 Maayavi Vijayakanth Cameo appearance
2004 Neranja Manasu Ayyanar
2004 Gajendra Gajendra
2004 Engal Anna Prabhakar
2003 Thennavan Thennavan
2003 Chokka Thangam Muthu
2002 Ramana Ramana
2002 Devan Rathnavelu
2002 Raajjiyam Karthikeyan
2001 Thavasi Thavasi/Bhupathi
2001 Viswanathan Ramamoorthy Vijayakanth Cameo appearance
2001 Narasimma Narasimma
2001 Vaanchinathan Vaanchinathan Best Dialogue Award “We Will Meet”
2000 Simhasanam Sakthivel/Thangarasu
2000 Vallarasu Vallarasu
2000 Vaanathai Pola Vellaichamy/Muthu
1999 Kannupada Poguthaiya Vasudevarayar/Vetrivel
1999 Periyanna Periyanna
1999 Kallazhagar KamalaKannan/Kamaal
1998 Veeram Vilanja Mannu
1998 Dharma Dharma
1998 Ulavu Thurai Vasnath Periyaswamy
1997 Dharmasakkaram
1996 Alexander Alexander
1996 Thamizh Selvan Thamizhselvan
1996 Thaayagam Winner: Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor
1995 Gandhi Pirantha Mann
1995 Thirumoorthi Moorthi
1995 Karupu Nila
1994 Periya Maruthu Periya Maruthu
1994 En Aasai Machaan
1994 Pathavippiramaanam
1994 Honest Raj Raj
1994 Sethupathi IPS Sethupathi
1993 Sendhoorappandi Senthoorapandian
1993 Enga Mudhalaali
1994 Rajadhurai Rajdhurai
1993 Sakkarai Devan
1993 Yezhai Jaathi
1993 Kovil Kaalai Uppiliyappan
1992 Thaai Mozhi
1992 Kaaviya Thalaivan
1992 Baradhan
1992 Chinna Gounder Thavasi
1991 Moontrezhuthil En Moochirukkum
1991 Maanagara Kaaval Vijay
1991 Captain Prabhakaran Prabhakaran 100th film
1990 Sathriyan Panneer Selvam
1990 En Kitta Modhadhey
1990 Siraiyil Pootha Sinna Malar
1990 Sandhana Kaatru
1990 Pudhu Paadagan
1990 Pulan Visaranai Raj
1989 Meenatchi Thiruvilaiyadal
1989 Rajanadai
1989 Dharmam Vellum
1989 Ponmana Selvan
1989 Poruthadhu Podhum
1989 Paattukku Oru Thalaivan
1989 En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan
1988 Thenpaandi seemaiyilae
1988 Uzhaithu Vaazha Vendum
1988 Sendhoorappoovey
1988 Nallavan
1988 Thambi Thanga Kambi
1988 Poondhotta Kaavalkaaran
1988 Therkathi Kallan
1988 Ullathil Nalla Ullam
1988 Makkal Aaniyittaal
1988 Kaalaiyum Neeye Maalaiyum Neeye
1987 Uzhavan Magan
1987 Manathil Uruthi Vaendum
1987 Sattam Oru Vilaiyaattu
1987 Ninaivey Oru Sangeedham
1987 Coolikaaran
1987 Veeran Veluthampi
1987 Veera Pandiyan
1987 Velundu Vinaiyillai
1987 Poomazhai Pozhiyudhu
1987 Solvadhellam Unmai
1987 Siraipparavai
1986 Oru Iniya Udhayam
1986 Dharma Devadhai
1986 Thazhuvadha Kaigal
1986 Annai En Dheivam
1986 Oomai Vizhigal Dheenadayalan
1986 Vasantha Raagam
1986 Enakku Naaney Needhibathi
1986 Nambinar Keduvadhillai
1986 Amman Koyil Kizhakkaley Chinnamani Winner: Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
1985 Naaney Raja Naaney Mandhiri
1985 Manakkanakku
1985 Karimedu Karuvaayan
1985 Yemaatrathey Yemaaraathey
1985 Puthiya Theerppu
1985 Neethiyin Marupakkam
1985 Eetti
1985 Engal Kural
1985 Amutha Gaanam
1985 Thandanai
1985 Annai Boomi
1985 Puthiya Sagaptham
1985 Raman Sreeraman
1985 Navagraha Naayagi
1985 Puthu Yugam
1985 Santhoshakkanavukal
1985 Alai Osai
1984 January 1
1984 Kudumbam
1984 Vaidegi Kaathirundhal
1984 Idhu Enga Boomi
1984 Sathiyam Neeye
1984 Naalai Unadhu Naal
1984 Sabaash
1984 Veettukku Oru Kannagai
1984 Maaman Machaan
1984 Nalla Naal
1984 Vellai Pura Ondru
1984 Kuzhandhai Yesu
1984 Vaengaiyin Mainthan
1984 Nooravathu Naal
1984 Vetri
1984 Theerppu En Kaiyil
1984 Madras Vaathiyar
1984 Madurai Sooran
1983 Saatchi
1983 Gowry Kalyanam
1983 Naan Soottiya Malar
1982 Sattam Sirikkiradhu
1982 Om Sakthi
1982 Sivantha Kankal
1982 Auto Raja
1982 Pattanathu Rajakkal
1982 Parvaiyin Marupakkam
1981 Needhi Pizhaithadhu
1981 Noolaruntha Pattam
1981 Saadhikkoru Needhi
1981 Nenjiniley Thunivirundhal
1981 Sivappu Malli Ranga
1981 Sattam Oru Iruttarai
1981 Thoorathu Idimuzhakkam
1980 Saamanthippoo
1980 Neerottam
1979 Agalvilaku
1979 Inikkum Ilamai

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