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Viji Chandrasekhar is an Indian film and Tamil television actress. She has appeared in several Tamil, Malyalam, Telugu and Kannada films. She debuted in Thillu Mullu alongside Rajnikanth. She even played the female lead role in Arohanam which had won several awards. She is known for her prominent roles and she has also featured in television serials. She played the main lead in Azhagi, a television serial that went on for five years and also hosted a show in Puthuyugam TV. She is currently doing Tamil films.
|Spouse(s)||Capt. E. Chandrasekhar |
Viji's sister is actress Saritha, who was already a star when Viji made her debut as the sister of Rajinikanth's character in the 1981 comedy film Thillu Mullu by K. Balachander. Despite the film becoming a success, Viji chose to concentrate on her studies and refrained from acting until the 1990s.
Besides performing supporting roles in films including K. Balachander's Paarthale Paravasam (2001) as the sister of Raghava Lawrence and in Mani Ratnam's Aaytha Ezhuthu (2004) as the sister of Krishna's character, she mainly worked in television serials. In over 20 years, she was part of over 35 serials. In 2012, she played Nirmala, a vegetable vendor affected by bipolar disorder in Lakshmi Ramakrishnan's Aarohanam, and won critical acclaim for her performance. A critic from Sify.com noted: "in an author backed role, Viji Chandrasekhar steals the show as she is the pivot around which the film revolves."
Viji is the younger sister of Saritha. She is married to a Pilot, Capt. E. Chandrasekhar in 1992. They have two daughters Dr.Suraksha and Lovelyn. Her first daughter, Suraksha studied medicine in Ras Al Khaimah medical and health sciences university, UAE and is currently doing her MD in America and her second daughter, Lovelyn, is currently pursuing her Masters in Counseling Psychology in Madras University, Chennai. Lovelyn is set to make her debut in Lakshmy Ramakrishnan next directorial venture, House Owner.
|1981||Thillu Mullu||K. Balachandar||Tamil|
|Thavarumane Udugore||B. Subba Rao||Kanada|
|1992||Devi IAS||Idichichakaplamoode Thulasi||Malayalam|
|2001||Parthale Paravasam||K. Balachandar||Tamil|
|2004||Aaytha Ezhuthu||Mani Ratnam||Tamil|
|2013||Madha Yaanai Koottam||Vikram Sugumaran||Tamil|
|2014||Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe||Lakshmy Ramakrishnan||Tamil|
|Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare||Kannan Thamarakkulam||Malayalam|
|2018||Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren||Arumugakumar||Tamil|
|Kempegowda 2||Shankar Gowda||Kanada|
|Untitled Telugu project||Srinivasa Reddy||Telugu||Filming|
|Untitled Gopi Nainar project||Gopi Nainar||Tamil||Filming|
|Ennakku oru unmai therinjakanum||Tamil||Filming|
|1991||Muppadu Kodi Mugangal||Doordarshan|
|1998||Theekul Veiral||Jaya TV|
|1999||Kudumbam Orukoil||Vijay TV|
|2011 – 2016||Azhagi||Sundari|
|2012 - 2014||Amudha Oru Aacharyakuri||Kalaignar TV|
|The Unexpected Victim||Promodh|
|Year||Award||Category||Film & Serial||Result|
|2012||Tamil Nadu State Awards||Best Character Artist||Azhagi||Won|
|2013||Ajantha Fine Awards||Best Actress||Aarohanam||Won|
|Edison Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Special Jury)||Won|
|Maha Fine Awards||Character Award (Female)||Won|
|Tamil Nadu Cinema Kalai Mandram||Special Jury Award||Won|
|V4 Entertainer||Best Supporting Role||Won|
|7th Annual Vijay Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2nd South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|Sun Kudumbam Awards||Best Mother||Azhagi||Won|
|2014||Sun Kudumbam Awards||Best Mother||Azhagi||Won|
|2017||Ananda Vikatan Awards||Best Actor/Actress in Negative role||Vetrivel||Won|
|2018||Mumbai Asian Short Film Festival||Best Actress||The unexpected victim||Won|
|2019||V4 Entertainer||Best Actress in a supporting role||Kadaikutty Singam||Won|
- 'Aarohanam' was challenging, didn't do homework: Viji. Deccan Chronicle (2012-10-26). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
- Viji hopes for a dream run in films. The New Indian Express. Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
- I didn't do homework for 'Aarohanam': Viji Chandrasekhar. Ibnlive.in.com (2012-10-25). Retrieved on 2013-11-21.
- Movie Review : Aarohanam. Sify.com. Retrieved on 2013-11-21.