K. R. Vijaya

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K. R. Vijaya
Born November 1945 (age 70)
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] She had acted in more than 320 films in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.

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, 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 1967. 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. 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.

After 1968, she was more frequently paired with Gemini Ganesan, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar, Muthuraman. 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.


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]

Year Title Channel Language Notes
1994 Madisaar Maami Sun TV Tamil
1998 Kudumbam Sun TV Tamil
2005-2007 Raja Rajeswari Sun TV Tamil
2006-2010 Anandham Sun TV Tamil
2006 Sthree 2 Asianet Malayalam
2008-2009 Shree Krishna Leela Asianet Malayalam as Kurooramma
2009 Shree Mahabhagavatham Asianet Malayalam
2010-2011 Devimahathmyam Asianet Malayalam
2011-2012 Shabarimala Shri Dharmashashtha Asianet Malayalam
2016-Present Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval Sun TV Tamil as Chintamani
2016-Present Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Amrita TV Malayalam


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