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K. R. Vijaya (born Deivanayaki on 30 November 1948)[1] is an Indian actress[2] who has starred predominantly in Tamil movies, besides acting in Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films.[3][4][5] She started her career in the 1960s and has been acting for more than six decades now in South Indian cinema.

K. R. Vijaya
Born
Deivanayaki

(1948-11-30) 30 November 1948 (age 70)
Trichur, Present day Kerala, India
Other namesPunnagai Arasi,
(கத்தியயை போல் உடலும் வேகமும் கொண்டவா்)
OccupationActress
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)M. Velayuthan Nair
(m.1966-2012)
(Until his death)
ChildrenHemalatha
Parent(s)Father:Ramachandran
Mother: Kalyani
RelativesK. R. Vatsala (sister)
K. R. Savithri (sister)
K. R. Sasikala (Sister)
K. R. Radha (Sister)
K. R. Narayanan (Brother)
Ragasudha (niece)
Anusha (niece)
Swathi (niece)

K. R. Vijaya has worked with almost all the stalwarts of South Indian cinema and has played a variety of roles, acting in multiple film industries for about 500 movies.[6][7]

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Early lifeEdit

Vijaya was born as Deivanayaki, eldest of six children to Ramchandram and Kalyani at Trichur, present day Kerala. Vijaya's father was from Andhra Pradesh[6] and mother from Thrissur. Her father was in the Army and mother was a house wife. She has a younger brother, Narayanan and four younger sisters, K. R. Vatsala, K. R. Savithri, Sashikala, Radha. She had her primary education at Government Higher Secondary School, Punkunnam, Thrissur.[8] 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.[9]

She got married to a businessman, Velayudhan, in 1966, and quit acting in films. Her husband was the CEO of Sudarshan trading company and a movie producer. The couple have a daughter Hemalatha (born 1967).[10] Velayudhan died on 26 March 2016, aged 82.[9][4]

CareerEdit

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 did 7 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 got married at the peak of her career in 1966.

Sivaji Ganesan acted opposite her in maximum numbers and their combinations 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, 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.[citation needed]

She temporarily stopped acting[when?] in movies when her husband became ill[citation needed] 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.

AwardsEdit

Satyabama College
  • 2009 - Doctorate
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Kerala State Film Awards
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • 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

FilmographyEdit

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.

FilmsEdit

Television serialsEdit

Year Title Channel Language Notes
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
1998 Kudumbam Sun TV Tamil
2005-2007 Raja Rajeswari Sun TV Tamil
2004 Anandham Sun TV Tamil Vijay's mother(cameo)
2006 Sthree 2 Asianet Malayalam
2008-2009 Namma Kudumbam Kalaignar TV Tamil
2008-2009 Shree Krishna Leela Asianet Malayalam as Kurooramma
2009 Shree Mahabhagavatham Asianet Malayalam
2010 Devimahathmyam Asianet Malayalam as Devakiyamma
2011 Shabarimala Shri Dharmashashtha Asianet Malayalam
2015-2016 Bhairavi Aavigalukku Priyamanaval Sun TV Tamil as Chintamani
2016-2018 Sathyam Sivam Sundaram Amrita TV Malayalam as Valliamma

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Devanayaki is the original name of popular actress KR Vijaya - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  2. ^ Jayaram, Deepika. "Yesteryear actors Sreelatha Namboothiri and KR Vijaya visit Badai Bungalow". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ "சபரிமலை விவகாரம்: நடிகை கே.ஆர்.விஜயா பதில்". Dailythnathi.com. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b S. N. Sadasivan (2000). A Social History of India. APH Publishing. pp. 679–682. ISBN 978-81-7648-170-0.
  5. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (21 September 2016). "KR Vijaya back as an exorcist!". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Actor K.R. Vijaya's smile illuminated her acting career". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 6 July 2006.
  7. ^ V; September 19, hana On; 2018 (19 September 2018). "Silverscreen Recommends: KR Vijaya's Moving Performance In 'Kurathi Magan'". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  8. ^ "യവനികയിലെ മണവാട്ടി". www.mangalam.com.
  9. ^ a b V; September 24, hana On; 2017 (24 September 2017). "'Back Then, There Was No Pressure To Maintain Our Waistlines': Interview With KR Vijaya". Silverscreen.in. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  10. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India. Published for the proprietors, Bennett, Coleman & Company, Limited, at the Times of India Press. 1988.
  11. ^ Reed, Sir Stanley (5 February 1980). "The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who". Bennett, Coleman & Company – via Google Books.

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