Vijayan is a yesteryear film actor, writer and director, who predominantly work in the Malayalam and Tamil films. He was born on May 17, 1944, in Kozhikode, Kerala in India. He has acted in more than 100 films from 1960 until the year 2006. He died on September 22, 2007, due to cardiac arrest in a private hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in India. Vijayan was currently filming Aayudham Seivom when he breathed his last. Besides being an actor, Vijayan is a scenarist and an editor of the Jwala magazine.
He debuted in Bharathiraja’s Tamil film, Kizhakke Pogum Rail in 1978, where he earned fame and popularity. Before this, he started his career by working in the Malayalam cinema. Bharathiraja, who is also a writer, was the first one to know him. In 1977, Vijayan wrote the story of the Malayalam film, Sankhupushpam and he was supposed to act in the film, but he said he couldn’t do the role, and so Sukumaran replaced him. The latter became popular because of the way he delivered his dialogue in the film; those dialogues were also penned by Vijayan.
Later, he received several opportunities in the Tamil cinema and acted in films like Utharipookal, Ponnu Oorukku Pudhusu, Pasi, Manthoppu Kelliey, Niram Maaratha Pookkal, Kumari Pennin Ullathile, Theru Vilakku, Chinna Chinna Veedu Katti, Oru Kaidhiyin Diary and many more. At the same time, he is also actively working in several Malayalam films including Guha, Kayam, Ethirppukal, August 1, Gaandeevam, Goa, Njaan Raajaavu and his last appearance in the Malayalam film industry was from the 2005 film, Kochi Rajavu. Vijayan’s last film release was the blockbuster Tamil action thriller film, Varalaru in 2006, which was written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The first and only film that Vijayan has directed was the Tamil film, Puthiya Swarangal.
This film was completed in the year 1991; however, it was canned and never released as the negatives got damaged after the repair of Prasad Film Laboratories, where it was stored.