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Vijayakumar at the Book Launch of Palani G Periyasamy’s ‘Idhaya Oli’
29 August 1943
Nattuchalai, Pattukottai, Tamil Nadu
|Years active||1961, 1973 – present|
Dr Anitha Vijayakumar
Vijayakumar is an Indian film actor and politician. Along with predominant work in Tamil cinema since 1973, he has acted in a few Hindi, Malayalam and Telugu movies. He also works in television serials.
Vijayakumar was born in Nattuchalai, Pattukkottai taluk, Thanjavur dist, Tamil Nadu, India. His birth name Panchaksharam was changed to Vijayakumar for films. He debuted in the 1961 Tamil movie Sri Valli. Again in 1964, with the help of his uncle, he came to Chennai and tried for roles, but only got a small role in the movie Kandhan Karunai as one of the devargal, arrested by the Asura king, Surapadma. Later in 1973, he got an offer to act in films. His first major role was in Kailasam Balachander's Aval Oru Thodar Kathai in 1974.
His journey in filmdom began as a child actor in the film Sri Valli in 1961. Vijaykumar was the little Lord Murugan in Sri Valli, starring Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini. Though not many offers were forthcoming for the little actor, he was supposed to play Lord Murugan in Kandhan Karunai, but instead Sivakumar played that role. Vijayakumar acted in a small role as one of the Lords that was arrested by Surapadman. In 1973, Vijayakumar got his first break in Ponnukku Thanga Manasu, directed by Devaraj-Mohan. The other hero in the film was Sivakumar. The success of Ponnuku Thanga Manasu got him a permanent place in Tamil cinema. "Samarpanam" is a Tamil movie, directed by Thillai Raghavan, starring Vijayakumar, Vidhubala the movie's original name was "Naalai Mudal Kudika Maataen" the title of the movie clashed with one of actor Sivaji Ganesan's movie title hence it was renamed and released by Dhanalakshmi Enterprises P. Sivaji Balaram. Vijayakumar was a popular actor the seventies, who acted alongside leading actors such as M. G. Ramachandran, in Indru Pol Endrum Vaazhga, with Sivaji Ganesan in Dheepam and Kamal Haasan in Neeya. While Vijayakumar was a popular supporting actor, he did play the lead role during the 1970s, in films such as Aval Oru Thodarkathai, Mathura Geetham and Azhage Unnai Arathikkiren.
Vijayakumar continued to act in supporting roles in the early 1980s. After a brief slump, Vijayakumar's second innings came in 1988 with Mani Ratnam's Agni Natchathiram, where he played the role of Phrabu Ganesan and Karthik Muthuraman's father. The movie told the story of two half brothers who fight for their father's love and property. During the 1990s, Vijayakumar was frequently seen in father roles such as Nattamai and Baasha. During the same time, Vijayakumar also played lead roles in award-winning films such as Kizhakku Cheemayile and Anthimanthaarai, with Bharathiraaja. The latter took him close to winning the National Film Award for Best Actor, eventually missing it by one vote. Vijayakumar continued to play senior roles during the 2000s; eventually the actor was seen in more grandfather roles. In the last few years, the actor has reduced his film commitments and focused on television serials. Vijayakumar has acted in over 400 films, primarily in Tamil, but also had brief stints in Telugu cinema.
Vijayakumar's family consists of wives Muthukannu and Manjula, daughters Kavitha, Anitha, Vanitha, Preetha, Sridevi and son Arun Vijay. Sridevi is his youngest child. So far, Arun and his father have appeared together on screen four times – in Pandavar Bhoomi, Malai Malai, Maanja Velu and Kuttram 23.
He was the vice-president of South Indian Nadigar Sangam until 18 October 2015. He was also a member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. On March 16, 2016, Vijayakumar joined the BJP in the presence of Union minister of state for road transport highways and shipping. Sri Pon Radhakrishnan said he would campaign for the saffron party for this Assembly election.
On 23 July 2013, Manjula died in Chennai. She was 59.
|2009-2013||Thangam||Rajaramchandra Raghunath alias Ayyaa||Sun TV||Tamil|
|2013–2014||Vamsam||Vetrivel Annachi||Sun TV||Tamil|
|2016–Present||Talambralu||Sandhya's Grand Father||Gemini TV||Telugu|
|2017–2018||Nandini||Rajashekar (main antagonist)||Sun TV
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