Born as Vijayaraj, he was known well as Vijayakanth, in the stage. His career started with Inikkum Ilamai. It was not a successful film. His movies failed to reach the public, till he committed with Sattam Oru Iruttarai by S. A. Chandrasekar. After the hit, he got many opportunities to shine in the Tamil film industry. He used all the opportunities that were available for him and gave many successful films. His notable films are Vaidehi Kathirunthal alongside Revathi,
Pulan Visaranai and Captain Prabhakaran with Roopini, Senthoora Poove with Sripriya, Chinna Gounder with Suganya, Sathriyan with Bhanupriya and Revathi and Vanathai Pola and Sethupathi IPS with Meena. Oomai Vizhigal with Saritha was one among his notable films, which was a crime thriller. After the success of Captain Prabhakaran, Vijayakanth was called as Captain by his fans. He married his relative Premalatha and got two children Prabhakaran and Shanmuga Pandiyan. Shanmuga Pandiyan has acted in a movie called Sagaptham. Vijayakanth got interest in Politics and started a new political party called Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam. Vijayakanth stood in election and won as a member of legislative assembly. He has got the best actor award for his film Amman Kovil Kizhakale with Radha. For the film Poonthotta Kavalkaran with Radhika, he was given the best actor award from cinema express.