Vijayaraghavan is an Indian actor from Kerala, who mainly acted in Malayalam films. He is popular for his versatility playing different character and villain roles. He is the son of great Malayalam drama writer and director N. N. Pillai, who is known to many by his role Anjooran in the Malayalam movie Godfather.
Vijayaraghavan was born in Malasia in 1951 and brought up there until he was six months old. Being from a drama family Vijayaraghavan had the acting talent inherited from his father. Vijayaraghavan debut in Malayalam movies was in 1973 through Kaapaalika, a film based on N N Pillai’s famous drama with the same name. He did a small role in this movies. A decade later he did a throughout role in movie Surumayitta Kannukal (1983). The 1987 Mamooty-Joshi movie
was the real breakthrough for Vijayaraghavan. The film was remade in different languages like Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. It is still one among the top 20 blockbuster movies in Malayalam cinema industry.
He got the real break-through with his performance as Ramji Rao in the 1989 hit movie
Ramji Rao Speaking
, directed by Siddique-Lal. In the mid-1990s, Vijayaraghavan did the lead role in many low-budget offbeat Malayalam films. His best performance as an actor was seen in director Jayaraj’s movie Desadanam in 1997. He also played important action characters along with
and Mamooty in movies like Commissioner, Ekalavyan, Mafia and The King.
Since the start of this millennium, Vijayaragahavn became a busy actor doing character and villain roles in mainstream Superstar movies like Raavanaprabhu (2001), CID Moosa (2003), Bharathchandran I.P.S (2005), Lion (2006), Chotta Mumbai (2007), Mayavi (2007). He also played the lead role in popular Malayalam television serial entitled Kavyanjali telecasted on Surya TV in 2004. Vijayaraghavan is fond of character roles and thrilling police roles. In his own words Cheradi Zakaria, the role of a physically challenged man that he played in Ranji banker's film Sipayi Lahala, is his favourite character role. His favorite villain character is the police role in the film Stop Violence”. He won the best villain award from Mazhavil Manorama for the film Tensile Vyapari”. He could also play comedy roles at ease, and his comedy roles, like the one in Meleparambil a is still remembered. He has been the part of Malayalam film industry for the last 33 years, and he is known to many by the name “in in”. Apart from all these he is very interested in agriculture and owns an agriculture land in Tamil Nadu.
Vijayaraghavan’s wife is Suma and they have two sons, Jinadevan and Devadevan. Jinadevan is business man and is married to Rakhi. The couple has a son named Adrath. Devadevan follows his father and grandfather to be in in film and drama industry as actor and director.