K. R. Vijaya

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K. R. Vijaya (Born Devanayiki)
Born (1946-02-19) 19 February 1946 (age 72)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–1966
Spouse(s) M. Velayudhan Nair
m. 1966
Children Hemalatha (b. 1967)
Relatives K. R. Vatsala (sister)
K. R. Savithri (sister)
Ragasudha (niece)
Anusha (niece)

K. R. Vijaya is an Indian actress who has starred in predominantly in Tamil but has also acted in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada and Hindi films. She started her career in the 1960s. She has been acting for more than six 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 leading her to be called Third most versatile female actress of Tamil Cinema after Saroja Devi and Jayalalitha.[1] She had acted in more than 320 films in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.

Early life[edit]

Vijaya was born as Devanayiki, eldest among six children to Ramchandram and Kalyani at Thrissur, Kerala. Vijaya's father was from Andhra Pradesh[2] and mother from Thrissur, Kerala. Her father was in Army and mother was a house wife. She has a younger brother, Narayanan and four younger sisters, K. R. Vatsala, K. R. Savithri, Sashikala, Radha. She had her primary education at Government Higher Secondary School,Punkunnam, Thrissur.[3] Vijaya spent most of her childhood at Thrissur till she became 11 and later at holy city of Palani when her family shifted there. She couldn't continue her studies since she became busy in her acting career. Her father wanted her to become an actress since he was himself acting in M. K. Radha's drama troupe at the time after retiring from army. She became active in dramas. She made her film debut with Karpagam in 1963.

She got married to a businessman, Velayudhan in 1966 and quit acting in films. Her husband was the CEO of Sudarshan trading company and a movie producer. 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 heroine in films like Ninaivil Nindraval, Thenmazhai, Ooty Varai Oravu, Patanathil Bhootam,Server Sundaram, Kandan Karunai, Paladai, Anarkali, Idhayakamalam 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 in 1966. Since many of her films she was part of 1963 to 1967 were big hit films, Mr.Aroordas insisted her to continue acting, post giving birth to her first daughter and made comeback by starring in Telugu and Malayalam films in 1968-69.

After 1968, she was more frequently paired with Gemini Ganesan, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Muthuraman and Ravichandran. Her hits include Selvam, 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), Gowravam, Thangappathakkam,Panchavarna Kili and Thirusoolam. After her mairrage she got opportunity to act opposite M.G.Ramachandran in Naan Yen Pirandhen and Nalla Neram.

Her successful films opposite Muthuraman include Server Sundaram,Naanal, Manam Oru Kurangu, Dheerga Sumangali,Engal Kula Deivam, Kanne Papa, Seetha, Maligai Poo, Panchavaarna Kili,Nathayil Muthu, Nenjirukumvarai, Murugan Adimai, Sondham,Kasturi Vijayam,Kannama , Intho Enthan Deivam, Roshakari, Namma Veetu Deivam, Annai Abhirami and Deivam.

She temporarily stopped acting in movies when her husband became ill during 1994 and made comeback in television and continued in television serials till 2007. After her husband's death she became active in movies and television.


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2013 : Chalachitra Rathnam Award
Janmabhoomi Television Awards
  • 2018 : Best Character Actress - Sathyam sivam sundaram


K. R. Vijaya has starred in many films. Her first film was Karpagam in 1963, where she portrayed the title role, Karpagam. Apart from films, she has also starred in three teleserials, Raja Rajeswari, Mangai, and Kudumbam, shown both in India and Sri Lanka.


Television serials[edit]

Year Title Channel Language Notes
1994 Madisaar Maami Sun TV Tamil
1995 Adiparashakthi DD Podhigai Tamil as Devi
2000-2003 Mangai sun tv Tamil as lead role mangai
1998 Kudumbam Sun TV Tamil
2005-2007 Raja Rajeswari Sun TV Tamil
2006-2008 Anandham Sun TV Tamil
2006 Sthree 2 Asianet Malayalam
2008-2009 Namma Kudumbam Kalaignar TV Tamil
2008-2009 Shree Krishna Leela Asianet Malayalam as Kurooramma
2009 Shree Mahabhagavatham Asianet Malayalam
2010 Devimahathmyam Asianet Malayalam as Devakiyamma
2011 Shabarimala Shri Dharmashashtha Asianet Malayalam
2015-2016 Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval Sun TV Tamil as Chintamani
2016-2018 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Amrita TV Malayalam as Valliamma


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