KR Vijaya

Date of Birth: November 30, 1948
Supporting Cast
KR Vijaya
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Early Life
Vijaya was born on 30 November 1948. She spent most of her childhood in the holy city of Palani. Vijaya's father wanted her to become an actress since he was himself 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 a television placed in a corner of the stage. Once, when she was dancing in Chennai, actor Gemini Ganesan, who was watching, enjoyed her performance and said that she had a good chance of becoming famous film star, and he was right.

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

Karpagam, her debut movie, was released in 1963 where she played the title character Karpagam and from then there was no looking back for her. It was in 1973 that she received the title Punnagai Arasi (Smile Queen) 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, 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, Anarkali, Saraswathi Sabadham, Nenchirukkum Varai, Namma Veetu Theivam (the movie in which she first started depicting deities), Dheergasumangali (she first started playing a mother in this film), Idhayakamalam, Thangappathakkam, and Thirusoolam.

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

K. R. Vijaya has starred in many films. Her first film was Karpagam in 1963, where she portrayed the title role, Karpagam. The movie went well and she was also praised for her role. Apart from films, she has also starred in two teleserials, Raja Rajeswari and Kudumbam, shown both in India and Sri Lanka.