K. R. Vijaya
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K. R. Vijaya (born Deivanayaki in 1948) is an Indian actress who has starred Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films.She was famous for her Devi roles which gave her an edge over her contemporaries.  She started her career in the 1960s and has acted for more than six decades in South Indian cinema.
K. R. Vijaya
1948 (age 71–72)
|Other names||Punnagai Arasi|
|Spouse(s)||M. Sudarsan Velayuthan|
(Until his death)
|Parent(s)||Father: Ramachandran |
|Relatives||K. R. Vatsala (sister)|
K. R. Savithri (sister)
K. R. Sasikala (Sister)
K. R. Radha (Sister)
K. R. Narayanan (Brother)
Vijaya was born as Deivanayaki, eldest of eight children to Ramachandran and Kalyani at Trichur, Kerala. Vijaya's father was from Andhra Pradesh and mother from Thrissur, Kerala. Her father was in the army and her mother was a housewife. She has a younger brother, Narayanan and four younger sisters, K. R. Vatsala, K. R. Savithri, Sashikala and Radha. She had her primary education at Government Higher Secondary School, Punkunnam, Thrissur. Her father wanted her to become an actress since he was himself acting in M. R. Radha's drama troupe at the time after retiring from army. She made her film debut with Karpagam in 1963. She is was the first ever actress to own a private jet.
She married a businessman, M. Sudarshan Velayudhan in 1966. Her husband was the CEO of Sudarshan trading company and a movie producer. The couple have a daughter Hemalatha (born 1967). Velayudhan died on 26 March 2016, aged 82.
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Vijaya played the title character, a heroine, in her 1963 debut film Karpagam, directed by K. S. Gopalakrishnan. Gopalakrishnan also directed her 100th film Nathaiyil Muthu.
She has starred in almost 400 films in all the South Indian languages, including 100 films each in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, half-a-dozen in Kannada, and one in Hindi titled Oonche Log (1965). Her co-stars in the Hindi movie were Raaj Kumar and Feroz Khan.
Between her debut in 1963 and her marriage in 1966, she shot for films as the heroine in films like Ninaivil Nindraval, Thenmazhai, Ooty Varai Oravu, Patanathil Bhootam, Server Sundaram, Kandan Karunai, Paladai, Anarkali, Idhayakamalam and Manam Oru Korungu. She acted in seven films: Thozhilali, Thazhampoo, Panam Padaithavan, Kanni Thaai, Naan Aanaiyittal, Vivasayee, Naan Yen Pirandhen, and Nalla Neram opposite M. G. Ramachandran and played supporting roles in Naan Aanaiittal.
She was married the peak of her career in 1966.
Sivaji Ganesan acted opposite her in many films and their combination created great successful movies like Kai Koduttha Dheivam, Saraswati Sabatham, Selvam, Thangai, Kandhan Karunai, Nenjirukkum Varai, Paaladai, Thiruvarutselvar, Ooty Varai Uravu, Iru Malargal, Thirumal Perumai, Thirudan, Raman Ethanai Ramanadi, Ethiroli, Sorgam, Thavapudhalavan, Bharatha Vilas, Thanga Pathakkam, Girahapravesam, Naam Pirandha Mann, Justice Gopinath, General Chakravarthi, Thirisoolam, Naan Vazhavaippen, Rishi Moolam, Kalthoon, Sathya Sundharam, Oorukku Oru Pillai, Neethibathi, Miruthanga Chakravarthi, Sathanai, Simma Soppanam and Krishnan Vandhaan.
Her successful[weasel words] films opposite Muthuraman include Server Sundaram, Naanal, Manam Oru Kurangu, Dheerga Sumangali, Engal Kula Deivam, Kanne Papa, Seetha, Maligai Poo, Panchavaarna Kili, Nathayil Muthu, Nenjirukumvarai, Murugan Adimai, Sondham, Kasturi Vijayam, Kannama, Intho Enthan Deivam, Roshakari, Namma Veetu Deivam, Annai Abhirami and Deivam.
She temporarily stopped acting[when?] in movies when her husband became ill during 1994 and made comeback in television and continued in television serials till 2007. After her husband's death, she became active in movies and television.
- Satyabama College
- 2009 - Doctorate
- Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- 1984 - Second Best Actress - Ithiripoove Chuvannapoove
- 2013: Chalachitra Rathnam Award
- Janmabhoomi Television Awards
- 2018: Best Character Actress - Sathyam Sivam Sundaram
- Other Awards
- 2013: Nagi Reddy Memorial Awards
- 2017: Congress Managalir Awards
- 2019: Nakshathira Sathanaiyalar 2019
K. R. Vijaya has starred in many films. Her first film was "Karpagam" in 1963, where she portrayed the title role, Karpagam. Apart from films, she has also starred in three teleserials, Raja Rajeswari, Mangai, and Kudumbam, shown both in India and Sri Lanka.
|1994||Madisaar Maami||Sun TV||Tamil|
|1995||Adiparashakthi||DD Podhigai||Tamil||as Devi|
|Daivathin Makkal||Surya TV||Malayalam|
|Pettamma||DD Malayalam||Malayalam||as Ambalika|
|2000-2003||Mangai||sun tv||Tamil||as lead role mangai|
|2005-2007||Raja Rajeswari||Sun TV||Tamil|
|2004||Anandham||Sun TV||Tamil||Vijay's mother(cameo)|
|2008-2009||Namma Kudumbam||Kalaignar TV||Tamil|
|2008-2009||Shree Krishna Leela||Asianet||Malayalam||as Kurooramma|
|2010-2011||Adi Parasakthi||Star Vijay||Tamil|
|2011||Shabarimala Shri Dharmashashtha||Asianet||Malayalam|
|2012-2016||Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval||Sun TV||Tamil||as Chintamani|
|2016-2018||Sathyam Sivam Sundaram||Amrita TV||Malayalam||as Valliamma|
|2020 - Present||Ithikkarapakki||Surya TV||Malayalam||as Pakki's Umma|
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