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Vijayakanth (Tamil: விஜயகாந்த்; born 25 August 1952 as Vijayaraj Prabhakar Naidu) is an Indian actor and politician. He is the founder of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam and a Member of Legislative Assembly representing Rishivandiyam, Tamil Nadu, India. Vijayakanth was born as Vijayaraj on 25 August 1952 in Tirumangalam, Madurai to K. N. Alagarswami and Andal. Alagarswami was Madurai's Councillor for two terms. He married Premalatha on 31 January 1990 and has two sons, Vijay Prabhakar and Shanmuga Pandian. Upon entering the film industry to pursue an acting career, director Khaja (who directed his first film) changed his name to "Amirtaraj" and then "Vijayakanth", dropping the "raj" out of his name and suffixing "kanth". He has also been nicknamed "Captain" and "Puratchi Kalaignar". He is known as "Karuppu MGR" among his fans. 2011 Tamilnadu election his party DMDK won 29 seats out of 41 contested seats and he became the leader of opposition.

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