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K. R. Vijaya
Born Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963 - Present

K. R. Vijaya is a popular Indian actress who has performed in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam language films. She started her career in 1960s. She has acted for more than four decades in South Indian cinema. K. R. Vijaya has worked with almost all the stalwarts of South Indian cinema, and played a variety of roles.[1]

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Early life

Vijaya was born in Kerala, like her mother. Her father was from Andhra Pradesh.[2] She spent most of her childhood in the holy city Palani. Vijaya's father wanted her to become an actress, since he was acting in M. R. Radha's drama troupe at the time.

A promising start

K. R. Vijaya used to dance and act on stage. Television had only just come then, so they showed her performances on the television kept in a corner of the 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. And he was right.

Career

Vijaya's first break itself as a heroine in her debut film Karpagam, directed by K. S. Gopalakrishnan who also had the privilege of directing her 100th film Nathiyil Muthu!

The debut film Karpagam of K. R. Vijaya was released in the 1963. She played a main part and there was no looking back. It was in 1973 that she received the title of Punnagai Arasi in Tiruchirapalli, India.

Vijaya has starred in almost 400 films in all the South Indian languages, including 100 films each in tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, and half-a-dozen in Kannada, and one in Hindi titled Oonche Log. Her co-stars in the Hindi movie were Raaj Kumar and Feroz Khan. She received many offers in Hindi, but did not accept them as she was busy in the South.

Some of her critically acclaimed films include Karpagam, Selvam, Saraswathi Sabadham, Nenchirukkum Varai, Namma Veetu Theivam (this was the movie in which she first started depicting deities), Dheergasumangali (She first started playing a mother in this film), Idhayakamalam, Thangapathakkam, Thirusoolam ... The list is long.

Vijaya reminisces about her first director "who gave her life" K. S. Gopalakrishnan who also directed her in her 100th film Nathaiyil Muthu. She privileged to work with some very good directors, co-stars and technicians. She also acts in the suntv teleserial Raja Rajeswari.[3]

Filmography

K. R. Vijaya has performed in many films. Her first film was Karpagam in 1963, where she portrayed the main character, also called Karpagam,the movie was a hit she was also noted for her role. 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. The following is the (incomplete) list of films in which she has performed.[4]

Filmography

Year Film Language Role Co-Star(s)
2008 Dasavatharam Tamil Nagesh's wife Kamal hassan,Asin]
2005 Chandramukhi Tamil Senthilnathan's mother Rajinikanth, Prabhu Ganesan
2004 Shock
2003 Ondagona Baa Kannada
2003 Mr. Brahmachari Malayalam Vasumathi
2002 Nakshathrakkannulla Rajakumaran
Avanundoru Rajakumari
Malayalam Bhageerathiyamma
2001 Jai Ganesh Deva
1999 Pranaya Nilavu Malayalam Lakshmi
1995 Thirumanassu Thampuratti
1994 Bhairava Dweepam Telugu Vasundhara
1994 Raithu Bharatam
1992 Champakkulam Thachan Malayalam Karthyayani
1990 Appu Malayalam
1990 Sutradhaarulu Telugu Yashodamma
1988 Simon Peter Ninakku Vendi Malayalam Savithri
1988 Yogi Vemana Telugu
1987 Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu Malayalam Sarada
1987 Majnu
1987 Vishwanatha Nayakudu Telugu
1985 Shri Datta Darshanam Telugu Renuka
1984 Ithiri Poove Chuvannapoove Malayalam Meenakshi
1984 Parannu Parannu Parannu Malayalam Susan
1982 Alolam Malayalam Savithri
1982 John Jaffer Janardhanan Malayalam Sumathy
1981 Tyagayya Telugu
1980 Rishi Moolam
1980 Shri Vinayaka Vijayam Telugu Durga Devi
1979 Thirisoolam Tamil Shivaji Ganesan,Sripriya
1979 Ezhamkadalinakkare Malayalam Lakshmi
1979 Mamangam Malayalam Manka
1973 Nathayil Muthu Chelakannu
1972 Kurathi Magan [[Tamil Gemini Ganesan,Jaya chitra
1972 Sakthi Leelai Tamil Jayalalithaa
1971 Bhale Papa Telugu
1971 Annai Velankanni Tamil Gemini Ganesan, Jayalalithaa
1970 Sridevi
1969 Ekaveera Telugu
1969 Bhale Tammudu Telugu Geeta N. T. Rama Rao
1968 Palmanam
1968 Asadhyudu Telugu Krishna (actor)
1968 Thirumal Perumai Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini
1967 Ooty Varai Uravu Tamil Sivaji ganesan
1967 Anveshichu Kandethiyilla Malayalam Susamma
1967 Iru Malargal Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini
1967 Kandan Karunai Tamil Murugan's consort Deivaanai Jayalalithaa, Sivakumar
1967 Paladai
1967 Pattanathil Bhootham Tamil Latha Jayashankar
1967 Thangai Leela
1967 Thiruvarutselvar Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini
1966 Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha Telugu Chitralekha
1966 Saraswathi Sabatham Tamil Queen Selvambigai Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Sivakumar,
Devika, Padmini, Savitri, Nagesh, Manorama
1966 Selvam
1966 Shri Krishna Pandaviyam Telugu
1966 Yarukaka Azhudan Lodger
1965 Odeyil Ninnu Malayalam Lakshmi
1964 Kai Kodutha Deivam
1964 Server Sundaram Radha
1963 Karpagam [[Tamil Karpagam Gemini Ganesan,Muthuraman

Television Serials:

  • Kudumbam (1998) (Sun TV teleserial)
  • Raja Rajeswari (2005) (Sun TV teleserial))
  • Anandham(2006-2010) (Sun TV teleserial))

References

  1. ^ http://www.hindu.com/2006/07/06/stories/2006070616070200.htm
  2. ^ "Interview for Hindu Times". 2006-07-06. http://www.hindu.com/2006/07/06/stories/2006070616070200.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  3. ^ http://earlytollywood.blogspot.com/2008/01/k-r-vijaya.html
  4. ^ K. R. Vijaya filmography, IMDb, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1555772/, retrieved 2008-01-15 

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