In Memoriam: Vijayakanth (1952-2023)
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Vijayakanth, a distinguished Indian actor and politician, who left this world on Thursday, December 28, 2023, in Chennai. He was 71 years old, succumbing to complications related to pneumonia.
A Luminary in Tamil Cinema and Politics:
Vijayakanth, a luminary in both Tamil cinema and politics, carved an indelible mark in the hearts of his admirers. As the founder of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) party, he undertook the formidable task of challenging the political dominance of DMK and AIADMK in 2011. His tenure as the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 2011 to 2016 showcased his dedication to public service.
Versatile Roles in Cinema:
In the realm of Tamil cinema, Vijayakanth was a versatile actor with an illustrious career. His memorable performances in films such as "Vaidehi Kathirunthal," "Amman Kovil Kizhakale," "Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran," "Senthoora Poove," "Pulan Visaranai," "Chinna Gounder," "Honest Raj," "Thayagam," and "Vaanathaippola" captivated audiences. His outstanding portrayal in "Senthoora Poove" earned him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor in 1988, and "Thayagam" secured him the Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize in 1996.
The Captain of Cinema:
Affectionately nicknamed "Captain" in the film fraternity, Vijayakanth was not just an actor; he was a symbol of resilience and creativity. His ability to seamlessly transition between diverse roles showcased his prowess and left an indelible impact on the world of cinema.
A Family Man and Leader:
Beyond the limelight, Vijayakanth was a devoted family man. Married to Premalatha Vijayakanth, their partnership extended beyond personal life into the political arena, with Premalatha playing a significant role in the DMDK party. The couple shared a life blessed with two children.
Legacy of Contributions:
Vijayakanth's contributions to Tamil cinema and politics will forever be etched in the annals of history. His fervor for both fields endeared him to fans and followers alike, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
As we bid farewell to this cinematic and political luminary, we remember Vijayakanth for his dedication, charisma, and the profound impact he had on Tamil Nadu. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memories continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those who admired and cherished him.