K. R. Vijaya
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|K. R. Vijaya|
|Born||30 November 1938
Travancore(Thiruvananthapuram), Kerala, India
|Years active||1963 - Present|
K. R. Vijaya is an Indian actress who has starred in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. She started her career in the 1960s. She has been acting for more than four decades now in South Indian cinema. K. R. Vijaya has worked with almost all the stalwarts of South Indian cinema and has played a variety of roles.
Vijaya was born on 30 November 1938. She spent most of her childhood in the holy city of Palani. Vijaya's father was from Andhra Pradesh  and mother from Kerala. Her father wanted her to become an actress since he was himself acting in M. K. Radha's drama troupe at the time. K.R.Vijaya's sister K.R.Savithri and K.R.Vatsala are also popular among audiences. K.R.Savithri's daughter Anusha and Swati also been an actress for many films.During childhood days in palani she met one astrologer in palani who viewed her hand and at the spot itself he told one day you will be on the top of the cinema.She replied to that"Me -No chance uncle".This is really happened in her life and at the time, poverty in palani area hits K.R.Vijaya family also.They hardly managed those period with support of neighbourhood.
Vijaya played the title character, a heroine, in her 1963 debut film Karpagam, directed by K. S. Gopalakrishnan. Gopalakrishnan also directed her 100th film Nadhiyil Muthu.
Vijaya has starred in almost 400 films in all the South Indian languages, including 100 films each in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, half-a-dozen in Kannada, and one in Hindi titled Oonche Log (1965). Her co-stars in the Hindi movie were Raaj Kumar and Feroz Khan. She received many offers in Hindi, but did not accept them as she was busy in the South.
Some of her critically acclaimed films include Karpagam, Selvam, Anarkali, Saraswathi Sabadham, Nenchirukkum Varai, Namma Veetu Theivam (the movie in which she first started depicting deities), Dheergasumangali (she first started playing a mother in this film), Idhayakamalam, Thangappathakkam, and Thirusoolam.
- 1984 - Second Best Actress - Ithiripoove Chuvannapoove
K. R. Vijaya has starred in many films. Her first film was Karpagam in 1963, where she portrayed the title role, Karpagam. The movie went well and she was also praised for her role. Apart from films, she has also starred in two teleserials, Raja Rajeswari and Kudumbam, shown both in India and Sri Lanka.
- Madisaar Maami(1994) (Sun TV)
- Kudumbam (1998) (Sun TV)
- Raja Rajeswari (2005) (Sun TV)
- Anandham (2006–2010) (Sun TV)
- "Actor K.R. Vijaya's smile illuminated her acting career". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2006-07-06.
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