DMDK Chief Vijayakanth passes away at the age of 71.

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DMDK Chief Vijayakanth passed away at the age of 71, and Prime Minister Modi expressed his sorrow, stating, “It is difficult to fill this void.”

After testing positive for COVID-19, DMDK Chief Vijayakanth was on ventilator support. He was admitted to a hospital in Chennai, where he passed away. Former actor turned DMDK Chief Captain Vijayakanth’s demise has occurred in Tamil Nadu. After testing positive for COVID-19, he was on ventilator support and was admitted to a hospital in Chennai. Sadly, he passed away today at the age of 71. In a press release, the M.I.O.T International stated, “Following pneumonia, Vijayakanth was admitted to the hospital and was on ventilator support. Despite the medical staff’s best efforts, he couldn’t be saved. He passed away on the morning of December 28, 2023.”

DMDK Chief Vijayakanth had been ill for quite some time. His mortal remains were brought from the hospital to his residence for final respects, to be kept at the DMDK office. Prior to this, in November, after deteriorating health conditions, Vijayakanth was admitted to the M.I.O.T Hospital in Chennai. Due to cough and throat pain, he was under doctors’ observation for 14 days.

Prime Minister Modi expressed his grief over DMDK Chief Vijayakanth’s demise. He wrote in a post on Twitter that he was extremely saddened by his demise. Vijayakanth, who transitioned from the Tamil film industry to politics, had won the hearts of millions through his charismatic performances. As a political figure, he was deeply committed to public service, leaving a lasting impact on Tamil Nadu’s political landscape. His demise has left a void that will be difficult to fill.” Along with this, PM Modi expressed his condolences to his admirers.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman extended her heartfelt condolences to the late ‘Captain.’ “I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of the esteemed Captain Vijayakanth. We will honor the founder of DMDK, Vijayakanth, as the ‘Pasipini Thirtha Ponmana Vallaal.’ My sincere condolences go out to his admirers and the dedicated volunteers of DMDK who will deeply feel his absence,” she expressed in a statement shared on X platform.

Sriya Reddy, known for her role in “Salaar,” also honored the late actor-turned-politician on X. In her tribute, she wrote, “Rest in peace Vijayakanth sir! You’ll never be forgotten!”

Vijayakanth’s Film Career:

Vijayakanth was a famous Tamil actor affectionately called “Captain” by people. His film career as “Captain” was quite illustrious. Before entering politics, he worked in 154 films. Holding a position in the Nadigar Sangam (officially known as the South Indian Artists Association), Vijayakanth brought revolutionary changes in the South Indian film industry.

Captain Vijayakanth ventured into film production alongside his brother-in-law L.K. Sudheesh through their company, Captain Cine Creations. Some of the films produced under this banner include Vallarasu (2000), Narasimha (2001), Thennavan (2003), Engal Anna (2004), Sudesi (2006), Arasangam (2008), Viruthagiri (2010), and Sagaptham (2015).

He got the sobriquet Captain after his 100th film Captain Prabhakaran in 1990. Some of his prominent films include Vaidhegi Kaathirunthaal (1984), Amman Kovil Kizhakale (1986), Cooliekkaran (1987), Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran (1988), Senthoora Poove (1988), and Captain Prabhakaran (1990).

Vijayakanth’s Political Career:

In 2006, South superstar Vijayakanth entered politics. He achieved victory in the 2006 legislative elections. In 2011, the DMDK contested elections in a coalition with the AIADMK in 41 constituencies, winning in 26. The party made history by winning more seats than the DMK in 2011, emerging as the principal opposition party that year. Between 2011 and 2016, he was the opposition leader in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

However, due to differences later on, the DMDK severed ties with the AIADMK, leading to the resignation of a significant number of DMDK legislators. Subsequently, the party lost its status as the main opposition party in the state. Representing the Virudhachalam and Rishivandiyam constituencies, Vijayakanth served as a member of the assembly twice. His health had not been well for several years, and his wife Premalatha had been handling the party due to his poor health.


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