K. R. Vijaya
1 December 1949 (age 71)
|Other names||Punnagai Arasi|
|Children||Mahesh kumar (b.1974)|
|Relatives||K. R. Savithri|
K. R. Vijaya is an Indian actress who has featured in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. She started her career in the 1960s and has been acting for more than four decades in South Indian cinema. The actress has worked with almost all the stalwarts of South Indian cinema and has played many key roles.
Vijaya was born as Deivanayaki, eldest of eight children to Ramachandran and Kalyani at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 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, Adyar, Chennai. 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 Velayutham in 1966. Her husband was the CEO of Sudarshan trading company and a movie producer. The couple have a daughter Hemalatha (born 1967). Velayutham died on 26 March 2016, aged 82.
K.R.Vijaya used to dance and act on stage. Once, when she was dancing in Chennai, the actor Gemini Ganesan was present. He enjoyed her performance and said she had a good chance of becoming famous as a film star. Her first break itself as a heroine in her debut film Karpagam (1963). Her notables films include Idhaya Kamalam (1965), Saraswathi Sabatham (1966), Selvam (1966), Nenjirukkum Varai (1967), Iru Malargal (1967), Namma Veettu Deivam (1970), Dheerga Sumangali (1974), Thangappathakkam (1974), Thirisoolam (1979) and Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove (1984).
Known for her alluring smile, she is called as Punnagai Arasi (Queen of the smiles) by her fans at a function held in Trichi. Vijaya was always the first choice of directors to portray the roles of goddess due to her unique divine looks. Apart from her essaying the role of Goddess Shakti in Mel Maruvathoor Arpudhangal (1986), her Mariamman avatar in the film Mahasakthi Mariamman (1986), who have donned the divine role and justified it on screen. Apart from acting in many films, she has also acted in Raja Rajeswari and Kudumbam, two teleserials, that are shown on TV in both India and Sri Lanka. Vijaya is still continuing her acting through serials and TV shows.
K. R. Vijaya has acted in over 500 films.
- Satyabama College
- 2009 - Doctorate
- 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
|2000||Daivathin Makkal||Surya TV||Malayalam|
|2000-2003||Mangai||Sun TV||Tamil||as lead role Mangai|
|2004||Anandham||Sun TV||Tamil||Vijay's mother (cameo)|
|2005-2007||Raja Rajeswari||Sun TV||Tamil|
|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||Ithikkarapakki||Surya TV||Malayalam||as Pakki's Umma|
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