Vijayaraj Azhagarswami Naidu, professionally known by his stage name Vijayakanth, is a Tamil film actor and politician in Tamil Nadu, India. He is the founder of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam and a Member of Legislative Assembly representing Virudhachalam, Tamil Nadu, India.
Vijayakanth was born as Vijayaraj Azhagar Swami Naidu on August 25, 1952 in Madurai, T N. His parents are K. N. Alagarswami Naidu and Aandal Azhagarswami who hailed from most prominent Balija Naidu family of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. He married Premalatha on January 31, 1990 and had two sons named Vijay Prabhakar and Shanmuga Pandian. Upon entering the film industry to pursue an acting career, he changed his name to "Vijayakanth", dropping the "raj" out of his name and suffixing "kanth," by director Khaja . He is nicknamed "Captain" which was taken from one of his popular films Captain Prabhakharan.
Vijayakanth has starred in various hits such as like Amman Koil Kizhakkaley, Vaidegi Kathirundal, Chinna Gounder, Vallarasu, Vanathai Pola,Sethupathi IPS, Captian Prabakaran, Ulavu Thurai,Periyanna, Kannupada Pokuthayya ,Ramana, Neranja Manasu, Sabari. He was considered as the Third major star in Tamil films after Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan in the 80s and early 90s till now.
He is also considered a major unstoppable force of cynical humor as he always takes the role of super duper bingo gringo cop armed with .303 antique rifle to stop the world from demise, And people who don't get tickets for other good films normally end up watching his films and laughing their frustrations off, that way he is even considered best by Tamil film standards. He is instrumental in giving break to actors like Mansoor Ali Khan , Livingston, Saroja Sampath and Sarath Kumar .
He formed the center-left winged Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), a regional political party in Tamil Nadu. He formally announced party formation on September 14, 2005 at Madurai. His party contested in all 234 seats in 2006 assembly elections and won one seat contested by him.
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (in Tamil: தேசிய முற்போக்கு திராவிடக் கழகம், meaning National Progressive Dravidian Federation) is a regional political party formed by Tamil cinema actor Vijayakanth in Tamil Nadu along the lines of the regional Dravidian political parties. He formally announced party formation on September 14, 2005 at Madurai. The party head office is in Koyambedu, Chennai.
This party contested in all 234 seats in the state elections in May 2006 with Vijayakanth contesting in Vridhachalam. The party polled almost 3 million votes (about 10% share),(which was surprisingly good show for a new party). All the candidates of the DMDK with the exception of Mr.Vijaykanth lost the elections in 2006.
Vijaykanth has declared that he would not ask donations for his party, and most of the funding for the party comes from his own pocket.He has so far rejected alliances with other political parties. In a recent by-elections to Madurai Central assembly constituency DMDK has secured around 17000 votes which is just 2000 votes less than ADMK. DMDK was also able to secure significant no of seats in Local Body elections.
DMDK gets national, DMDK is contesting in the local body elections in Mumbai this year 2007.The party believes in the abundant number of Tamils residing in Dhaaravi and other areas of Mumbai