Vijayakanth Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Children, Family, & More

Narayanan Vijayaraj Alagarswami, widely known as Vijayakanth, was a prominent figure in Tamil cinema and Indian politics. He served as the leader of the opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 2011 to 2016. Sadly, despite the dedicated efforts of medical staff, he passed away on the morning of December 28, 2023, according to a statement from the MIOT International Hospital.

Referred to by his followers as Karuppu MGR (Black MGR) due to his generosity, Vijayakanth was not only a popular actor in Tamil cinema but also made his mark in politics. His fan base, known as the Tamil Nadu Vijayakanth Thalaimai Rasigar Mandram, revered him since the 1980s for his contributions on screen and in public life. He had been receiving ventilatory support after being admitted for pneumonia before his passing.

Vijayakanth Biography

Vijayakanth, an Indian politician and former actor, made significant waves in Tamil Nadu politics with his party, the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK). His party secured 8.38% of votes in 2006, shaking up the established AIADMK and DMK, and further garnered 10.3% in the subsequent Lok Sabha elections.

The hospital reported that Vijayakanth required ventilatory support after being admitted for pneumonia. Notably, he served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in both the Virudhachalam and Rishivandiyam constituencies. Prior to his political career, spanning from 1979 to 2010, he was a prominent figure in Tamil cinema, contributing to the entertainment industry with his work in Kollywood movies released in the Tamil language.

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Vijayakanth Picture

Personal Information

Real Name Vijayaraj Azhagarswami Naidu
Nickname AKA Vijayakanth, Captain
DOB (Date of Birth) 25 August 1952
Age (at the time of death) 71 Years
Date of Death 28 December 2023
Place of Death Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Death Cause Pneumonia after being tested Covid-19 positive
Birth Place Thirumangalam, Madurai
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Nationality Indian
Hometown Thirumangalam, Madurai
Religion Hindu


School M.C.High School
College/ University Loyola College, Chennai
Education Qualifications Degree in Bachelor of Arts

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 8
Meter 1.74 m
Centimeters 174 cm
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Figure Measurements 44-40-14

Family Information

Father Name K. N. Alagarswami
Mother Name Aandal Azhagarswami
Siblings N/A
Marital Status Married (31 January 1990)
Wife Premalatha
Children Son, Vijay Prabhakaran, Shanmuga Pandian


Girlfriend N/A


Profession Actor, producer, Educationalist, Politician (Tamil, Telugu)
Net Worth Rs, 7,60,16,721 (7.6 crore).


Color Black, Red
Food Butter Chicken
Drink Jigarthanda, Shikanjvi
Actor/Actress Anushka Shetty, Prabhas
Songs Hua Main (From “ANIMAL”)
Movies Good Newwz
Hobbies Travelling, Dancing, Reading
Vijayakanth Young Age Picture
Vijayakanth Young Age Picture
Vijayakanth With his Family Picture
Vijayakanth With his Family Picture
Vijayakanth With his Wife Picture
Vijayakanth With his Wife Picture
Vijayakanth With his Son Picture
Vijayakanth With his Son Picture
Vijayakanth With his Mother Picture
Vijayakanth With his Mother Picture


Vijayakanth, originally named Vijayaraj, was born on August 25 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, to K. N. Alagarswami and his mother, Aandal Azhagarswami. Sadly, his mother passed away a year after his birth. He grew up with three elder siblings. His father, K. N. Alagarswami, later married Rukmani, and from this union, Vijayakanth gained seven younger step-siblings.


Vijayakanth, originally named Narayanan Vijayaraj Alagarswami, was born on Monday, August 25, 1952, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. As of 2024, he is 72 years old.


Vijayakanth attended several schools during his early education. He finished up to the sixth standard at M.C. High School, continued seventh and eighth grades at Devakottai School, and completed his ninth at a different school. Moving on, he attended St. Mary’s School for his tenth and eleventh standards. However, he couldn’t continue beyond the eleventh grade as he took on the responsibility of managing his father’s rice-milling business. Despite this, he completed his schooling in Chennai and later pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at Loyola College in Chennai.

Height and Weight

Vijayakanth stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs 72 kilograms.

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Wife & Children, Affairs

Vijayakanth tied the knot with Premalatha on January 31, 1990, and the couple has two sons. One of their sons, Shanmuga Pandian, followed his father’s footsteps and became an actor, starring in movies like Sagaptham (2015) and Madura Veeran (2018). Their other son, Vijay Prabhakar Alagarswami, is known as an internet personality.

Before his marriage, there were rumors about Vijayakanth dating Radhika Sarathkumar, but he never officially confirmed their relationship. Despite this, they shared the screen in various films like Uzhavan Magan (1987), Neethiyin Marupakkam (1985), and Nanne Raja Nanne Mandhiri (1985).


Vijayakanth, a prominent Tamil actor, dedicated his entire career to Tamil films, a rare choice among his peers. Despite this focus, he managed multiple releases within a single year. His movies, primarily in Tamil, found audiences in Telugu and Hindi after being dubbed. His journey to recognition began when his film Doorathu Idi Muzhakkam was featured at the Indian Panorama of the International Film Festival of India in 1980. However, it was S. A. Chandrasekhar’s Sattam Oru Iruttarai in 1981 that truly catapulted him into commercial success.

Earning the title “Puratchi Kalingar” (meaning revolutionary artist), Vijayakanth became renowned for portraying patriotic, village-centric characters and taking on dual roles in his movies. Despite his acclaim, some actors declined roles alongside him, and many renowned filmmakers hesitated to collaborate. His stint in the 1990 action thriller Pulan Visaranai established him as a significant figure in Tamil crime thrillers, especially with his portrayal of a police officer in over 20 films.

The pinnacle came in 1991 with Captain Prabhakaran, marking his 100th film. Known for his trademark gravity-defying stunts and a penchant for dispatching adversaries single-handedly, he gained the moniker ‘Captain’ owing to his role as an IFS officer in the movie. Corruption, honesty, and keeping promises were recurring themes in his films. In a significant collaboration, he appeared alongside Vijay, son of director S. A. Chandrasekhar, in the 1993 Tamil film Sendhoorapandi. Vijayakanth’s unwavering dedication to his craft was evident through his rigorous schedule of working three shifts per day.

Net Worth

During his run for the Ulundurpettai Assembly seat, his movable assets were reported to be valued at Rs 7, 60, 16,721 (7.6 crore).

Awards and recognitions Honours

Nominee / work Result Award Year
Honorary doctorate Won International Institute of Church Management 2011
Top 10 Legends of Tamil Cinema Award Won Filmfare of Tamil Cinema Award 2009
Kalaimamani Award Won Government of Tamil Nadu 2001
Best Indian Citizen Award Won Citizens of India Forum 2001
Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award Won MGR Award 1994

Film Awards and nominations

Category Film Result Award Year
Best Actor Award Vaanathaippola Won Cinema Express Awards 2000
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil Thayagam Nominated Filmfare Awards South 1996
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize Thayagam Won Tamil Nadu State Film Awards 1996
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil Honest Raj Nominated Filmfare Awards South 1994
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil Chinna Gounder Nominated Filmfare Awards South 1992
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil Pulan Visaranai Nominated Filmfare Awards South 1990
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran Nominated Filmfare Awards South 1988
Best Character Actor Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran Won Cinema Express Awards 1988
Best Character Actor Senthoora Poove Won Cinema Express Awards 1988
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor Senthoora Poove Won Tamil Nadu State Film Awards 1988
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil Amman Kovil Kizhakale Won Filmfare Awards South 1986
Cinema Express Award for Best Actor – Tamil Amman Kovil Kizhakale Won Cinema Express Awards 1986
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil Vaidehi Kathirunthal Nominated Filmfare Awards South 1984

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