Vijayakanth was born as A. Vijayaraj Naidu on August 25, 1952 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. His parents are Sri. K.N. Alagarswami Naidu and Smt. Aandal who hailed from most prominent Balija Naidu family. He married Premalatha on January 31, 1990 and has two sons with her, Vijay Prabhakar and Shanmuga Pandian. He is nicknamed 'Captain', as he has starred in a popular movie called "Captain Prabhakharan". "Captain Prabhakharan" was commercially successful and Vijaykanth's 100th film. Of late he has stopped accepting offers from other producers and is also keen in acting on his own banner films.
Vijayakanth has given Blockbuster hits like Amman Koil Kizhakkaley,Vaidegi Kathirundal, Chinna Gounder, Vallarasu, Vaanaththaepole , Kannupada Pokuthayya and Ramana. He was considered as the third major star in Tamil films after Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth in the Eighties and early Nineties. He is instrumental in giving break to actor like Mansoor Ali Khan and Sarath Kumar.
He has a very large fan base mainly in B and C centres.The films like "Chatriyan" and "Ramana" was also acclaimed by A centres. His Action Fims dubbed into Telugu often do good business. He has a peculiar style of fighting especially with his leg kicks which is very popular among fans. His famous dialogue from the film Narasimma 'Currenta thotta sadharna manishan thaan shock adikum. Aana na Narasimma. Narasimmava thota currentuku thaan shock adikum' is also very popular. vijaykanth is the only leading actor from Tamil Film Industry who has done only Tamil Films in his entire filmography of 150 Films. Moreover he has the habit of giving chance to new directors. After a string of Average films, Arasangam , Vijayakanth's 150th film was a super flop. Vijayakanth is also acting in a film called Engal Aasan now.
Vijayakanth's movies are notorious for self-glorification of the lead actor (himself). Hero-worship is quite common in South Indian movies. However, Vijayakanth's movies are mostly self produced and directed. Hence, the over-the-top self-glorification is seen as quite unrefined even by Tamil cinema standards. His films are also usually panned by critics for the crass fight scenes and physics defying action scenes. These sequences usually require extreme suspension of disbelief on the viewers part.
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