Remembering ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth: A Legend in Cinema and Politics

The Tamil film industry and political landscape mourn the loss of ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth, an iconic figure who made a lasting impact in both fields. Let’s delve into the life and contributions of this legendary actor-politician.

Farewell to a Legend: ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth

The renowned actor and founder of Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK), Vijayakanth, fondly known as ‘Captain,’ bid farewell to the world at the age of 71. His journey encompassed a successful career in the Tamil film industry before he transitioned into politics, bringing about revolutionary changes as a member of the Nadigar Sangam.

Final Farewells at Island Ground

Vijayakanth’s mortal remains were placed at Island Ground, Anna Salai, Chennai, allowing the public to pay their last respects from 6 am to 1 pm. The outpouring of grief and homage from family, political figures, actors, and well-wishers reflected the profound impact he had on Tamil Nadu.

Rajinikanth’s Tribute: ‘Irreplaceable Loss’

Actor Rajinikanth, expressing his grief, stated, “We will never get a person as good as Vijayakanth. In politics and cinema, there is no one like him. This loss is irreplaceable.” These words echo the sentiment of many who admired ‘Captain’ for his unique contributions.

The Political Legacy of Vijayakanth

Vijayakanth, the founder and leader of DMDK, succumbed to COVID-19 in Chennai, leaving a void in Tamil Nadu’s political landscape. His party office became a gathering place for political figures, actors, and well-wishers to honor the late leader.

Tributes and Condolences Pour In

Political leaders, actors, and supporters poured in their tributes and condolences for the departed soul. Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged Vijayakanth’s deep commitment to public service and his significant impact on Tamil Nadu’s political scene. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed his anguish, recognizing Vijayakanth’s indelible mark in cinema and politics.

The Health Struggles and Last Rites

Vijayakanth’s health struggles began in November when he was hospitalized at MIOT Hospital in Chennai. Initially testing positive for COVID-19, he battled pneumonia and remained on ventilatory support. Despite the efforts, ‘Captain’ succumbed to his health issues.

The last rites, scheduled with full state honors at the DMDK office in Koyambedu on December 29, mark the end of an era in Tamil Nadu politics. Chief Minister MK Stalin announced the state honors, acknowledging Vijayakanth’s contributions.

A Stalwart in Cinema and Politics

Vijayakanth, popularly known as ‘Captain’ due to his military roles on screen, transitioned into politics in 2005. Founding the DMDK, he made a significant impact in the 2006 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly elections, securing 10 percent of the total vote share. Aligning with the AIADMK in 2011, he became the Leader of the Opposition, challenging the dominance of Dravidian parties.

His political career witnessed ups and downs, marked by his term as the leader of the Opposition from 2011 to 2016. Despite differences that led to the DMDK’s separation from the AIADMK, Vijayakanth’s influence remained significant.

Legacy of a Revolutionary Artist

Before entering politics, Vijayakanth adorned the South Indian film industry with 154 movies. As a pivotal figure at Nadigar Sangam, he implemented groundbreaking changes, emphasizing the welfare of artists. His contributions extended beyond the screen, serving twice as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

A Fond Farewell to ‘Captain’

In this moment of grief, Tamil Nadu bids a fond farewell to ‘Captain’ Vijayakanth, a revolutionary artist in cinema and politics. His legacy will be remembered for generations to come, reflecting the indomitable spirit of a leader who left an indelible mark on the hearts of millions.

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