K. R. Vijaya

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K. R. Vijaya

(1948-11-30) 30 November 1948 (age 73)
Other namesPunnagai Arasi
Years active1963-1966
Spouse(s)Sudarshan Velayuthan
(m.1966; died on 2016)
ChildrenHemalatha (b.1967)
RelativesK. R. Savithri
K.R. Vatsala

Deivanayaki better known by her stage name K. R. Vijaya is an Indian actress who has featured in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. She started her career in the 1963 and has been acting for about four decades in South Indian cinema. The actress has worked with almost all the stalwarts of South Indian cinema and has played many key roles.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vijaya was born as Deivanayaki, eldest children to Ramachandra nair and Kalyani at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Her father was in the army and her mother was a housewife. She has a younger brother, Narayanan and four younger sisters, K. R. Vatsala, K. R. Savithri, Sashikala and Radha. She had her primary education at Government Higher Secondary School, Adyar, Chennai.[2] Her father wanted her to become an actress since he was himself acting in M. R. Radha's drama troupe at the time after retiring from army. She made her film debut with Karpagam in 1963. She was the first ever actress to own a private jet.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married a businessman, Sudarshan Velayuthan Nair in 1966. Her husband was the CEO of Sudarshan trading company and a movie producer. The couple have a daughter Hemalatha (born 1967).[4] Velayuthan Nair died on 26 March 2016, aged 82.[3][5]


K.R.Vijaya used to dance and act on stage. Once, when she was dancing in Chennai, the actor Gemini Ganesan was present. He enjoyed her performance and said she had a good chance of becoming famous as a film star. Her first break itself as a heroine in her debut film Karpagam (1963). Her notables films include Idhaya Kamalam (1965), Saraswathi Sabatham (1966), Selvam (1966), Nenjirukkum Varai (1967), Iru Malargal (1967), Namma Veettu Deivam (1970), Dheerga Sumangali (1974), Thangappathakkam (1974), Thirisoolam (1979) and Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove (1984).[6]

Known for her alluring smile, she is called as Punnagai Arasi (Queen of the smiles) by her fans at a function held in Trichy.[7] Vijaya was always the first choice of directors to portray the roles of goddess due to her unique divine looks.[8] Apart from her essaying the role of Goddess Shakti in Mel Maruvathoor Arpudhangal (1986), her Mariamman avatar in the film Mahasakthi Mariamman (1986), who have donned the divine role and justified it on screen.[9] Apart from acting in many films, she has also acted in Raja Rajeswari and Kudumbam, two teleserials, that are shown on TV in both India and Sri Lanka. Vijaya is still continuing her acting through serials and TV shows.[8]

K.R. Vijaya returns to a mythological role in Sri Rama Rajyam (2011). K.R Vijaya who played Kausalya for the first time in Bapu's mythological extravaganza.[10]

K. R. Vijaya has acted in over 500 films.[9]


Satyabama College
  • 2009 - Doctorate
Nandi Awards[11]
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
Other Awards
  • 2013: Nagi Reddy Memorial Awards
  • 2017: Congress Managalir Awards
  • 2019: Nakshathira Sathanaiyalar 2019


Television serials[edit]

Year Title Channel Language Notes
Adhiparasakthi Rajshri Tamil Tamil
2000 Daivathin Makkal Surya TV Malayalam
Pettamma' DD Malayalam Malayalam
2000-2003 Mangai Sun TV Tamil as lead role Mangai
2001-2007 Vikramadithian Sun TV Tamil
2004 Anandham Sun TV Tamil Vijay's mother (cameo)
2005-2007 Raja Rajeswari 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
2010-2012 Devimahathmyam Asianet Malayalam as Devakiyamma
2010-2011 Adi Parasakthi Star Vijay Tamil
2011 Shabarimala Shri Dharmashashtha Asianet Malayalam
2012-2016 Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval Sun TV Tamil as Chintamani
2016-2018 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Amrita TV Malayalam as Valliamma
2020 Ithikkarapakki Surya TV Malayalam as Pakki's Umma
2021 Anbe Vaa Sun TV Tamil as Ulganayagi (Special Apperance)
2021-Present Kanakanmani Surya TV Malayalam as Kadambariyamma


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  2. ^ "യവനികയിലെ മണവാട്ടി". www.mangalam.com. Archived from the original on 6 December 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b V; September 24, hana On; 2017 (24 September 2017). "'Back Then, There Was No Pressure To Maintain Our Waistlines': Interview With KR Vijaya". Silverscreen.in. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India. Published for the proprietors, Bennett, Coleman & Company, Limited, at the Times of India Press. 1988. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  5. ^ S. N. Sadasivan (2000). A Social History of India. APH Publishing. pp. 679–682. ISBN 978-81-7648-170-0.
  6. ^ "K R Vijaya Biography, Life Story, Career, Awards & Achievements - Filmibeat".
  7. ^ "Kalyanamalai Magazine - Serial story, Thiraichuvai - Potpourri of titbits about Tamil cinema, K. R. Vijaya".
  8. ^ a b "Kollywood Movie Actress K R Vijaya Biography, News, Photos, Videos | NETTV4U".
  9. ^ a b "Women's Day: From Ramya Krishnan to Nayanthara, actresses with divine presence on reel".
  10. ^ "Screen goddess - The Hindu".
  11. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
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