K. R. Vijaya is an Indian actress who has starred in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. She started her career in the 1960s. She has been acting for more than four decades now in South Indian cinema. K. R. Vijaya has worked with almost all the stalwarts of South Indian cinema and has played a variety of roles.
Vijaya was born on 30 November 1938. She spent most of her childhood in the holy city of Palani. Vijaya's father was from Andhra Pradesh and mother from Kerala. Her father wanted her to become an actress since he was himself acting in M. K. Radha's drama troupe at the time. K.R.Vijaya's sister K.R.Savithri and K.R.Vatsala are also popular among audiences. K.R.Savithri's daughter Anusha and Swati have also been actresses in many films. During her childhood in Palani, she met a palmist who viewed her palm and immediately told her that one day she will be at the top of stardom.She told the palmist that she didn't believe that. However, the palmist's prophecy came true in her life. K.R. Vijaya spent her childhood in Palani at a time poverty was rampant, and her family too could hardly make both ends meet.
Vijaya played the title character, a heroine, in her 1963 debut film Karpagam, directed by K. S. Gopalakrishnan. Gopalakrishnan also directed her 100th film Nadhiyil Muthu.
Vijaya has starred in almost 400 films in all the South Indian languages, including 100 films each in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu, half-a-dozen in Kannada, and one in Hindi titled Oonche Log (1965). Her co-stars in the Hindi movie were Raaj Kumar and Feroz Khan. She received many offers in Hindi, but did not accept them as she was busy in the South.
Some of her critically acclaimed films include Karpagam, Selvam, Anarkali, Saraswathi Sabadham, Nenchirukkum Varai, Namma Veetu Theivam (the movie in which she first started depicting deities), Dheergasumangali (she first started playing a mother in this film), Idhayakamalam, Thangappathakkam,Panchavarna Kili and Thirusoolam.
Kerala State Film Awards
1984 - Second Best Actress - Ithiripoove Chuvannapoove,
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
2013 : Chalachitra Rathnam Award,
K. R. Vijaya has starred in many films. Her first film was Karpagam in 1963, where she portrayed the title role, Karpagam. The movie went well and she was also praised for her role. Apart from films, she has also starred in two teleserials, Raja Rajeswari and Kudumbam, shown both in India and Sri Lanka.
Sakunthala Bharyayum Kaamukiyum Thhcholi Ambu Ayodhya Kudumbam Namukku Sreekovil Kolilakkam Mughangal Ezham Kadalinakkare Aadya Kiranangal Odayil Ninnu Jeevitham Justice Raja
Madisaar Maami(1994) (Sun TV),
Kudumbam (1998) (Sun TV),
Raja Rajeswari (2005) (Sun TV),
Anandham (2006-2010) (Sun TV)