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August 29, 1949
Nattuchalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Vijayakumar is a Tamil actor and politician. Along with predominant work in Tamil cinema since 1973, he has acted in a few Hindi and Telugu movies. As of 2009, he is acting in the television serial, Thangam, aired on Sun TV.
Vijayakumar was born in Nattuchalai, Pattukkottai taluk, Thanjavoor dist, Tamil Nadu, India.His real name Panchatcharam was changed as Vijayakumar for film. He debuted as a 12-year old in the 1961 Tamil movie Sri Valli. Again in 1964 with the help of his uncle, he came to Chennai at the age of 15 years and tried for chances but could not make it. 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. But not many offers were forthcoming for the little actor. In 1973 Vijayakumar got his first break in Ponnuku 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. Vijayakumar ruled the seventies along with Jaishankar and Muthuraman as second generation actors after MGR and Sivaji Gneshan.He played supporting role to MGR's role in Indrum Pol Endrum Vazhgha and to Sivaji in Dheepam. His solo hero films of the 1970s include Aval Oru Thodarkathai, Mathura Geetham, Azhage Unnai Arathikkiren.
Then in 1988 came Mani Ratnam's Agni Natchathiram, which narrated the story of two half brothers who fight for their father's love and property and from here his second innings as character actor started. In 1990 he acted in Velai Kidaichiruchu directed by P. Vasu. In 1993 he acted in the film Kizhakku Cheemayile, directed by Bharathiraaja. In 1994 he played the village chief in the film Nattamai, directed by K. S. Ravikumar. This role was played by Rajinikanth in the Telugu remake Peddarayudu. The 1995 film Anthimanthaarai, another venture with director Bharathiraaja, got him a nomination for the National Film Award for Best Actor. He has also made brief stints in Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over 400 films.
Vijayakumar's family consist 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 come together on screen just thrice—for Pandavar Bhoomi Malai Malai and Maanja Velu.
|2013||Chennaiyil Oru Naal||Dr. Arumainayagam|
|2012||Srimannarayana||Kalki Narayana Murthy||Telugu|
|2011||100% Love||Balu Mahendra||Telugu|
|2011||Ponnar Sankar||Periyamalai Gounder|
|2010||Maanja Velu||velu's father|
|2009||Solla Solla Inikkum|
|2008||Santosh Subramaniam||rajeswari's father|
|2002||En Mana Vaanil|
|2001||Kushi (Telugu)||Bhupathi Raju|
|1999||Nee Varuvai Ena|
|1999||Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham|
|1998||En Aasa Raasaave|
|1996||Periya Idathu Maappillai|
|1994||Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa Dha Nee|
|1993||Kizhakku Cheemayile||Maayaandi Thevan|
|1990||Periya Veettu Pannakkaaran|
|1988||En Thamizh En makkal|
|1987||Insaf Ki Pukar|
|1986||Or Iniya Udhayam|
|1986||Naan Adimai Illai|
|1979||Azhage Unnai Aarathikkirean|
|1979||Veettukku Veedu Vasapadi|
|1979||Pagalil Or Iravu|
|1978||Shankar Saleem Simon|
|1978||Avaloru Pachai Kuzhandhai|
|1978||Iraivan Kodutha varam|
|1978||En Kelvikku Enna bathil|
|1977||Raghupathi Raghava Rajaram|
|1977||Indru Pol Endrum Vazhga|
|1976||Oru Oodhappu Kan Simittugiradhu|
|1974||Aval oru Thodarkathai|