Vijayakumari was the only Tamil artiste who had the rare talent of transforming herself into the character she did and pronouncing Tamil words perfectly with cent percent accuracy. Vijayakumari’s film career was a saga of successes thanks to her unparalleled acting and dialogue delivery.
She danced to the song ‘Vaasamulla pooparippaene ..’ of the film Vedaala Ulagam at her school’s annul day and won a prize for her performance. Her teacher and co-students sowed the seed of ambition for film acting in her mind after this incident and Vijayakumari got the permission of her parents to enter cinema, winning over their strong opposition.
When AVM Studios advertised for new faces, Vijayakumari applied with her photograph. She was selected and was given training in dancing and acting. She was enrolled on a monthly salary. She was introduced in AVM’s ‘Kula deivam’, opposite to S. S. Rajendran, who was the hero of the film. But before the movie released, VIjayakumari’s mother died and Vijayakumari was totally shattered.
It was SSR, who comforted her at that sorrowful moment and subsequently he gave her a place in his heart as well as his life by marrying her. Her debut movie got her recognition and a plethora of offers followed. ‘Vanjikkottai vaalibhan’, ‘Raajtilak’, ‘Kalyanaparisu’, ‘Petra maganai vitra annai’ were some of her unforgettable films of the period that followed. Side by side, Vijayakumari and SSR paired together and acted in stage plays also including ‘Mani makudam’, ‘Thenpaandiveeran’, ‘Pudhu vellam’, ‘Mudhalaali’ and ‘Muthu mandapam’.
A son was born to the couple. The child was named Ravikumar. After the birth of the child, SSR took Vijayakumari to his house at Teynampet where he was living with his first wife Pankajam. There were three houses inside the compound – Pankajam and her children lived in one house, SSR’s sister and her husband T. V. Narayanaswamy lived in the second house and Vijayakumari was provided the third house.
Vijayakumari’s career was a promised success story that included run-away hits like ‘Kumudam’, ‘Saradha’, ‘Kumgumam’, ‘Santhi’, ‘Aanandhi’, ‘Avan Pithan’, ‘Alli’, ‘Thedi vantha thirumagal’, ‘Pachai vilakku’, ‘Naanum oru penn’, ‘Paar magale paar’, ‘Kaakkum karangal’, ‘Poleeskaaran magal’, ‘Kodimalar’, ‘Aalayamani’ etc. She worked in films continuously without rest.
Vijayakumari participated in the 13th ‘Naadaka vizhaa’ organized by the Seshasayee Paper Mills at its colony on 27th August 1985. Best plays and best artistes were given awards. Vijayakumari had acted with the fourth generation heroes Rajini, Prabhu, Karthik, Rajkiran and Murali too. Her last film is ‘Kaadhal sadugudu’. Vijayakumari is by herself a school for acting. She should teach and train the present fifth generation artistes and make them understand the sanctity of the profession in the field of art. This is my humble and loving request to this great artiste.