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|Born||Vijaya Thesingu Rajender
May 9, 1955
Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Other names||T. R.|
|Occupation||screenwriter, songwriter, composer, cinematographer, producer, director, actor, playback singer, politician and film distributor|
|Political party||All India Latchiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam|
Vijaya Thesingu Rajendar (born May 9, 1955), better known as T. Rajendar or T. R., is an Indian film actor, director, composer, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, singer and playback singer. He is also a politician in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
T. Rajendar is married to former actress Usha. They have two sons, Silambarasan and Kuralarasan, and one daughter, Ilakiya. His wife has served as the producer for some of his films, such as Kadhal Azhivathillai.
Rajendar started off in the Kollywood industry making successful films which included him as an actor, playback singer, dancer and scriptwriter. He gained popularity through his one-of-a-kind style of acting. He normally serves as, but not limited to director, actor, songwriter, art director,production manager, playback singer. During the 1980s all his movies were blockbusters running for years and the songs were also well appreciated. He is known for introducing new faces in his movies, and many of the actresses who debuted in his movies have been successful in South Cinema, including Amala, Nalini, Jyothi, Jeevitha, and Mumtaj.
After some years, Rajendar's films started to decline in popularity because his films became too predictable, tending to follow the same storyline and oratory style of repetitious dialogues with little if any meaning. For example, his films always contain a sentimental scene involving the hero's younger sister in distress, coupled with the same rhyming rhetoric and gestures.
Rajendar recently started his own web TV channel called 'Kural TV' (Voice TV). Originally he wanted to start a 24-hour TV channel but could not due to problems arising while securing a license. The channel, apart from broadcasting his movies and speeches, tends to echo sentiments towards the plight of Tamils (especially women) in Sri Lanka.
Rajendar had started talking with "common" people through Skype and discussing latest politics in the recent years. Rajendar also distributes films under his home banner 'Simbu cine arts'. His latest film distribution, as of mid-2011 is his son Silambarasan's film Vaanam which will be distributed in the Chennai and Madurai region.
Since early 2008, Rajendar has been slowly working on the production of a film titled Oru Thalai Kadhal, a tale based on a village singer, in which he stars in the lead role. In 2011, he released a first look poster for the film and revealed that three heroines from Mumbai would star longside him. He provided an update in 2014, that the film was still under production and that it was sixty-five percent complete. He has also revealed that he is working on a script to launch his second son, Kuralarasan, as a lead actor.
He started his party All India Latchiya Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in April 2004. The party was formed as a result of T. Rajendar's expulsion from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Before expulsion he was the propaganda secretary of DMK and was elected from Park Town constituency during 1996 Assembly polls. He further supported the AIADMK in the 2006 Assembly elections. After 2006 elections, DMK came back to power and he was made vice-chairman, Small Savings Scheme. He, subsequently, quit the post.
- Director and actor
|Director||Writer||Actor||Music & Lyrics||Producer|
|1980||Oru Thalai Ragam||N||N||Cameo appearance|
|1980||Vasantha Azhaipugal||Cameo appearance|
|1981||Rail Payanangalil||N||Cameo appearance|
|1982||Nenjil Oru Raagam||Cameo appearance|
|1982||Raagam Thedum Pallavi||Cameo appearance|
|1984||Uravai Kaatha Kili||N|
|1984||Premigala Saval||N||N||N||N||Kannada film. Remake of Uyirullavarai Usha|
|1985||Unakkaga Oru Roja|
|1986||Mythili Ennai Kaathali||Manickam|
|1987||Ivargal Varungala Thoongal||N||N||N||N|
|1987||Oru Thayin Sabhatham|
|1987||Pookal Vidum Thoodhu|
|1988||En Thangai Kalyani|
|1991||Shanti Enathu Shanti|
|1992||Enga Veetu Velan|
|1994||Oru Vasantha Geetham||N|
|1995||Thai Thangai Paasam|
|1996||En Aasai Thangachi|
|1999||Monisha En Monalisa||Kaadhaldasan|
|2001||Sonnal Thaan Kathala||T. R.|
|2002||Kadhal Azhivathillai||Vakil Dada|
|2002||Sri Bannari Amman||N||N||N||N|
|2013||Arya Surya||N||N||N||N||Guest appearance in song "Thagaru Thagaru"|
|2017||Vizhithiru||N||N||N||N||Guest appearance in song "Papparappa"|
- As playback singer
|2016||"Damakutalaan"||Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga||C. Sathya|
|2016||"Raangu"||Theri||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|2016||"Maaman Waiting"||Idhu Namma Aalu||Kuralarasan|
|2014||"Chai Chai"||Raj Bahadur||Jeevankrupa||Kannada|
|2013||"Thagaru Thagaru"||Arya Surya||Srikanth Deva|
|2011||"Kalasala kalasala"||Osthi||S. Thaman|
|2011||"Chennai Gaana"||Puli Vesham||Srikanth Deva|
|2007||"Gun Ganapathi"||Oram Po||G. V. Prakash Kumar|
|Veerasamy||Vijaya T. Rajendar|
|2006||"Ammadi Athadi"||Vallavan||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Sri Bannari Amman||T. Rajender|
|Sonnal Thaan Kaadhala||Vijaya T. Rajendar|
|1999||"Nambaathe"||Monisha En Monalisa||T. Rajender|
"En Aasai Mythiliye"
|Mythili Ennai Kaathali||Vijaya T. Rajendar|
|1984||"Adangoppan Mavane"||Uravai Kaatha Kili||Vijaya T. Rajendar|
|1983||"Thatti Paarthen"||Thangaikor Geetham||Vijaya T. Rajendar|
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- "Rajender gets ready with 'Oru thalai kadhal'". Tamilchannel.com. 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- "His virtual world: Actor T. Rajendar launches a web television". The Hindu. March 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15.
- "Tamil Cinema News - Kural Tv | Tamil Movie News | Tamil Movie Latest News | First On Net Cinema News". Kural Tv. 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- "TR buys 'Vaanam' rights - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- "T Rajendar Sings for Raj Bahaddur". Retrieved 6 March 2014.