Vijayakant’s demise | Tributes pour in from Tamil film fraternity

Vijayakant was known for elevating Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Artistes’ Association) with significant changes during his tenure as president.

Updated - December 29, 2023 10:45 am IST

Published - December 28, 2023 11:34 am IST - CHENNAI

Vijayakant greets Sarath Kumar, the then newly-elected president of the South Indian Artists Association in Chennai on July 30, 2006. File

Vijayakant greets Sarath Kumar, the then newly-elected president of the South Indian Artists Association in Chennai on July 30, 2006. File | Photo Credit: R. Shivaji Rao

Condolences poured in from the film fraternity for actor-turned politician and DMDK founder Vijayakant, who passed away in Chennai on Thursday.

Many film celebrities took to social media to express their condolences for the demise of the actor, fondly called as ‘Captain’ and ‘Puratchi Kalaignar’. He was known for elevating Nadigar Sangam (South Indian Artistes’ Association) with significant changes during his tenure as president and for his innumerable noble acts.

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He was ‘Viji’ to his close friends. Several celebrities and critics reiterated his values of compassion and humaneness and how he relentlessly helped the needy and fed hungry people.

Director S.A. Chandrasekar, who directed some of Vijayakanth’s early hits like Sattam Oru Iruttarai, posted a voice note on his social media handle. Sharing his grief, he said he had attempted to meet his good friend and actor for the past two years. But he did not get the opportunity. “May be God did not want me to see him now in this state and I am in Dubai now. An era has ended both in politics and films,” he said.

Director Bharathirajaa said people who enter his house can never return hungry. He was a great artiste and a wonderful human being. Noting that he has made one film, Tamizhselvan, with the actor, he said it was a different experience. He asked the actor’s fans to follow his footsteps in embracing values of compassion and humaneness.

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Many others, including actor Vikram who described him as the most loving and caring being and actor Arun Vijay who called Vijayakanth as his personal mentor and a man with a heart of pure gold. Director and actor Samuthirakani who had directed Vijayakanth’s movie ‘Neranja Manasu’ in 2004 recalled the 72 days spent with the actor during film shooting as memorable. “He would remain an inspiration.”

In his message from U.S, Actor Napolean said it was a loss of a wonderful actor and good leader who held a lot of promises for the State. He recalled his experiences shooting films together and working together in Nadigar Sangam to organise star night events and clear debts.

Actors Arya ,Trisha, Meena, Simran, Roja Selvamani, Sonu Sood and Sarathkumar were among many who mourned the loss of the actor.

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