K. R. Vijaya

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K. R. Vijaya
Born 1948 (age 67–68)
Travancore(Thiruvananthapuram), Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–1966
Spouse(s) M. Velayudhan Nair (m. 1966-2016) (his death)
Children Hemalatha (b. 1967)

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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vijaya spent most of her childhood in the holy city of Palani. Vijaya's father was from Andhra Pradesh[2] 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.She made her film debut with Karpagam in 1963.She was very thin and she received lot of film offers between 1963 and 1966. She got married to a businessman Sudarshan Velayudhan Nair in 1966 and quit acting in films. The couple have a daughter Hemalatha (born 1967). Later on insistence of Arrurdas, she started working in films from 1969 to present. Velayudhan died on 26 March 2016 aged 82.


Vijaya played the title character, a heroine, in her 1963 debut film Karpagam, directed by K. S. Gopalakrishnan. Gopalakrishnan also directed her 100th film Nathaiyil 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 and movie was based on K . Balachander's play Major Chandrakant. She received many offers in Hindi, but did not accept them as she was busy in the South.

Between her debut in 1963 and her marriage in 1966, she shot for films as the slim heroine in films like Ninaivil Nindraval, Thenmazhai, Ooty Varai Oravu, Patanathil Bhootam,Server Sundaram, Kandan Karunai, Paladai and Manam Oru Korungu. She did 3 films Thazhampoo, Vivasayee and Panam Padaithavan opposite M.G.Ramachandran and played supporting roles in Naan Aanaiittal. She got married at the peak of her career. Since many of her films she was part of 1963 to 1967, Mr.Aroordas insisted her to continue acting, post giving birth to her first daughter. In 1968, she was no more as slim as she was before. She had gained weight and made comeback by starring in Telugu and Malayalam films in 1968-69.

Some of her 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,Panchavarna Kili and Thirusoolam.


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2013 : Chalachitra Rathnam Award
Filmfare Awards South


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.


Anweshichu Kandethiyilla Aayudham Aalolam Keni Sakunthala Bharyayum Kaamukiyum Thhcholi Ambu Ayodhya Kudumbam Namukku Sreekovil Kolilakkam Mughangal Ezham Kadalinakkare Aadya Kiranangal Odayil Ninnu Jeevitham Justice Raja

Television serials[edit]

  • Madisaar Maami(1994) (Sun TV)
  • Kudumbam (1998) (Sun TV)
  • Raja Rajeswari (2005-2007) (Sun TV)
  • Anandham (2006–2010) (Sun TV)
  • Sthree 2(2006) (Asianet)
  • Shree Krishna Leela (2008) (Asianet)
  • Shree Mahabhagavatham(2009) (Asianet)
  • Devimahathmyam(2010-2011) (Asianet)
  • Shabarimala Shri Dharmashashtha (2011-2012) (Asianet)
  • Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval (2016-Present) (Sun TV)


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