Actor turned politician, Vijayakanth was born on August 25, 1952, in Madurai. He is nicknamed as Captain by his fan and did about hundred movies. He worked with established actors and directors. Here is the list of the top 10 movies of his career.
1. Sattam Oru Iruttarai
A movie by S A Chandershekar in 1981, gave a new hero, Vijayakanth to the Tamil cinema. The movie revolves around Vijay, a young man who is a murderer. The movie was filmed again in other languages and in 2012, it was remade by the director's granddaughter,
2. Vaidehi Kathirunthal
Directed by R Sundarrajan, Vijayakanth and Revathi in the lead role. Recently Sundarrajan disclosed that the initial producers were reluctant to cast Vijayakanth in their movie but Thooyavan took the side of Vijayakanth and did fund the movie. The movie is about Vellaisamy, an unkempt derelict living in a village.
3. Amman Kovil Kizhakale
R Sundarrajan directed this movie starring Vijayakanth who achieved the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the movie. The movie screened for 200 days on many silver screens across the state. With the melodies of Ilayaraja, the movie was too good. Kanmani played by Radha, plots a revenge against Chinnamani (Vijayakanth) by pretending to be in love with him.
4. Oomai Vizhigal
Vijayakanth plays the role of a police officer in this power-packed blockbuster during the 1980s. The film also featured
Arun Pandian, Chandrasekhar, Jaishankar and Karthik. The movie revol ves around solving the crime of abduction of girls.
5. Senthoora Poove
Directed by P R Devara, the film featured Vijayakanth, Ramki and Nirosha. Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor was honored to Vijayakanth for the first time. The movie is about a young girl tortured by her stepmother.
R K Selvamani’s movie is based on a serial killer, Dharma who is an auto driver. He kidnaps young women for politicians. Vijayakanth, Raj as the police officer known as ‘Honest' Raj investigates this kidnapping.
Radha Ravi plays the role of an influential politician and
Sarath Kumar in the negative role. The movie was considered to be one of the finest thriller movies.
A blockbuster during the 1990s, a movie by K Subash and production by
Mani Ratnam. Vijayakanth, Bhanupriya and Revathi play the lead roles. The story is about an obedient cop and a deceived politician. Vijayakanth has played the role of a cop several times but his role in this film was considered as the best of all his movies. Ilaiyaraaja’s music gave a special lift to the movie.
8. Chinna Gounder
Vijayakanth played a naive role in this movie as the chieftain of the village. The film witnessed a remake in other film industries.
9. Vanathai Pola
This movie received a National Award for Best Popular Film for providing wholesome entertainment which was worked out by Vijayakanth quite later in his career. Vijayakanth exhibited a double role, a man ensuring the welfare for his three brothers. The film was directed by Vikraman and was a huge success commercially.
A R Murugadoss’s last movie, ‘Ramanaa’ received a positive response from the audience. The film was a huge hit and the character portrayed by Vijayakanth was breathtaking. He takes up a character of a professor heading a secret force to eliminate corruption with the aid of people working in the government offices.