Tamil Diplomat

What makes Vijayakanth so important for Tamil Nadu and its people?

Today is the 64th birthday of actor and politician Vijayakanth.In a career spanning around 37 years, Vijayakanth has done immense contribution to Tamil film industry as one of its iconic super stars and the former President of Nadigar Sangam.

He is predominantly responsible for the popularity of cop and army hero in Tamil cinema. He is one of the best in portraying these two professions on screen and that made him win the moniker Captain with which he is fondly addressed by film fraternity, fans, political party cadres and even political leaders.

Vijayakanth debuted as a villain actor in the 1979 film ‘Inikkum Ilamai’ and gradually emerged as a hero. His first film as a hero was ‘Doorathu Idi Muzhakkam’ however the film that strongly launched him as a commercial hero was ‘Sattam Oru Iruttarai’ directed by S.A.Chandrasekar.

In his formative years (early 80s), Vijayakanth acted in films carrying revolutionary and radical thoughts such as ‘Sattam Oru Iruttarai’, ‘Sivappu Malli and ‘Jaathikkoru Needhi. In these films he brilliantly portrayed the angry young revolutionist characters. Slowly he started acting in commercial films on action, romance and sentiment themes and gradually rose to the top and with many super hits films like ‘Nooravadhu Naal’, ‘Vaidehi Kathirundhaal’, ‘Oomai Vizhigal’, ‘Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri’ and ‘Amman Kovil Kizhakkale’. He became an indisputable competitor of stalwarts Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.

Vijayakanth’s 100th film ‘Captain Prabhakaran’ is one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Tamil cinema and it is also one of the most memorable action films ever produced in Kollywood. He is the only star after MGR to deliver a success with his 100th outing.

Throughout the 1990s Vijayakanth excelled in versatile roles in a variety of films falling under various genres though he is more popular as a action hero. If films like ‘Nooravadhu Naal’, ‘Pulan Visaranai’, ‘Captain Prabhakaran’, ‘Chathriyan’, ‘Chinna Gounder’, Managara Kaval’, ‘Yezhai Jaathi’, ‘Honest Raj’, ‘Sethupathi IPS’, ‘Bharathan’, ‘Ulavuthurai’ ‘Sendoorapandi’, are some of the phenomenal super hits of Vijayakanth in the 90s and almost of all of them fall under different variety. With these films he ruled the entire decade as an indomitable star along with Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan and had a tremendous fan following across the state.