A Throwback to When Vijay Explains How His Dad Launched His Career With Vijayakanth’s Popularity in Sendhoorapandi

Following the death of the actor-turned-politician on Thursday at the MIOT Hospital in Chennai, a lot of videos about him are circulating on social media. One of them is a clip of an old interview conducted by the actor.

The reigning Tamil superstar was last seen in the supporting role in the 1993 film ‘Sendhoorapandi’. The film was directed by Vijay’s father, S. Chandrasekar who has worked with him on many occasions. The film was a hit and helped Vijay gain popularity among the masses.

Vijay’s career began as a child actor, and his first hero role was in his father’s film Naalaya theerpu ( 1992). The film did not do well at the box-office, and Vijay faced harsh criticism for his appearance and performance. That’s when SAC decided to cast Vijay with an established hero in the film, and his friend and co-actor Vijay Kakanth agreed to the project. According to a report, ‘The Captain’ did this as a favour and did not charge Vijay for his call-sheet for the film.

In the video, Vijay explains the reasons behind this venture. “There are two types of audiences: Class and mass. If you want to be an actor, you need to be accepted by the mass audience. It is very important.” Since then, Vijaykannadu has become the mass hero. “My father cast me in a film as his brother when he was directing it. Now that people are coming to watch Vijayakannadu sir, I am getting to know them. That is why we made the film. The film was a success and everything we had planned worked out.”

The 71-year-old Vijayakanth was admitted to the MIOT Hospital in Chennai for a few weeks ago with a lung issue. He was discharged on December 11, but on Tuesday night he was rushed to the hospital again with pneumonia. Vijayakanth is suffering from Coronavirus. He was put on ventilator and breathed his final on Thursday morning.