Vijayakanth News: DMDK chief Vijayakant passes away at 71 after prolonged illness | Chennai News – Times of India

Vijayakanth News: DMDK chief Vijayakant passes away at 71 after prolonged illness | Chennai News - Times of India

CHENNAI: One of Tamil cinema’s most popular actors and DMDK founder leader Vijayakanth, who was on a ventilator for pneumonia, died in a private hospital on Thursday morning. He was 71 and is survived by his wife Premlatha and sons Shanmuga Pandian and Vijay Prabhakaran.
Earlier on Thursday, the party headquarters had announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was on ventilator support. He was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. He is in and out of hospital due to prolonged illness. In 2017, he traveled to the US (where he underwent an organ transplant) for medical treatment. In June 2022, his toes were amputated after prolonged diabetes.
Born Vijayaraj in Madurai to Alargaraswamy and Andal, Vijayakanth rose to prominence in the Tamil film industry alongside stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan. His down-to-earth personality won him the admiration of many fans, who awarded him ‘Krupo Mgr’ and ‘Porachi Kalignar’. After his 100th hit, his fans fondly addressed him as ‘Captain’.Captain Prabhakaran
The actor effortlessly portrayed the revolutionary youth with elegance. He won several awards, including the Filmfare Award in 1986 for ‘Aman Koval Kizhakhle’ and the Tamil Nadu Government Award in 1988 for ‘Santhoora Poove’. He made history by becoming the only actor in the Tamil film industry, who acted in 18 lead roles. Movies in 1984
The commercial blockbuster ‘Satam Oru Arutarai’ was remade in Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi. ‘Vedigi Kathirunthal,’ ‘Aamman Koval Kizhakhle,’ ‘Umai Vijigal,’ ‘Kulekaran,’ ‘Uzhhavan Magan,’ ‘Ponthuta Kavalkaran,’ ‘Santhoora Poove’ were Vijayakanth’s hit films spanning three decades.
During his presidency, Vijayakanth organized fund-raising events abroad to settle the mounting debts of the prestigious South Indian Artists Association, once headed by the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran.
Known for his philanthropic activities, Vijayakanth ran for office in 2005, transforming his fan clubs into the Desiya Merpuku Dravida Kazhagam. In 2011, Vijayakanth’s DMDK saw a huge boost in electoral politics after it formed an alliance with Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK. The actor won 29 out of 40 seats. Vijayakanth contested the election himself and became the Leader of the Opposition, pushing the principal Dravidian party, the DMK, to third place.
As an ally of the NDA in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Vijayakanth campaigned extensively for Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, which eventually brought him closer to the national leader. Addressing a parliamentary party meeting shortly after his election, Modi praised the DMDK leader’s campaign across the state. “He is my good friend,” Modi said.
Vijayakanth joined hands with the four-party alliance People’s Welfare Front, and presented himself as the chief ministerial candidate in the 2016 assembly elections. He was last seen at a public function held at Tiruvarkadu near Chennai on December 13 at the DMD General Council meeting. He emerged in a wheelchair with the help of aides and remained in the hall for about half an hour as the council unanimously appointed his wife and DMDK treasurer Premalatha as DMDK general secretary. DMDK is one of the Election Commission recognized parties in Tamil Nadu.
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