The Tamil film industry and political landscape mourn the loss of a prominent figure, actor and DMDK founder Vijayakanth, fondly known as Captain. His passing at the age of 71, marks the end of an era, as he leaves a legacy of powerful performances and political endeavors that have left an indelible mark on the people’s hearts.
Vijayakanth’s recent health struggles have concerned his fans and well-wishers. He was admitted to MIOT Hospital in Chennai on November 18 due to cough and throat pain. Initially, the hospital reported positive progress, stating that he responded well to treatment for a febrile illness. However, a sudden turn of events within the last 24 hours led to a mild deterioration in his health, necessitating pulmonary support.
In an official statement by MIOT Hospital on Wednesday, they conveyed the news of Vijayakanth’s health setback. The statement expressed optimism about his recovery but acknowledged the need for additional treatment. The hospital projected a further 14-day stay for Vijayakanth under the watchful eyes of medical professionals. After a hospitalization of more than two weeks, Vijayakanth has fully recovered and was discharged on December 8th.
However, he recently re-entered the hospital. Earlier in the day, his party disclosed that he had tested positive for COVID and was placed on a ventilator due to breathing issues. Nevertheless, the hospital bulletin indicated that he was contending with pneumonia.
His final public appearance took place on December 14. Since November of this year, the actor-turned-politician has been dealing with health issues.
Vijayakanth has been unwell and maintained a low profile for the past 4-5 years. On December 14, his wife Premalatha officially assumed leadership of the DMDK, being declared the general secretary during a party meeting in Chennai.
However, with a heavy heart, it has been reported that the veteran actor Vijayakanth passed away today, marking the end of a Tamil cinema and politics chapter. The news has left fans, colleagues, and political allies in shock and sorrow.
Vijayakanth’s journey in the Tamil film industry has been illustrious. Known for his commanding screen presence, powerful action sequences, and fiery dialogues, he carved a niche for himself as an actor. His popularity extended beyond the silver screen when he ventured into politics.
In 2005, Vijayakanth founded the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) and contested in the 2006 Assembly polls. While his political journey had its challenges, he remained a significant figure, influencing the political discourse in Tamil Nadu.
As the news of Vijayakanth’s demise spreads, tributes are pouring in from political leaders, film personalities, and fans. Social media is filled with messages of condolences and remembrance for the man who wore many hats – an actor, a politician, and a leader.
Vijayakanth’s journey from the silver screen to the political arena has been remarkable. His impact on Tamil cinema and politics will be remembered for years. As we bid farewell to this iconic figure, let us celebrate the legacy he leaves behind, filled with memorable performances and a commitment to public service. Captain Vijayakanth may be no more, but his contributions will continue to resonate in the hearts of those who admired and respected him.