Vikram (Tamil: விக்ரம்; born as John Kennedy Vinod Raj) is an Indian film actor, voice actor and a playback singer. He made his debut in the 1990 film En Kadhal Kanmani, which was followed by a series of Tamil and Telugu films and supporting roles in few Malayalam films throughout the early decade. After the critical and commercial success of Sethu (1999) he has been part of numerous other commercially successful films and has earned major critical acclaim for many of his performances. During his years in the Indian film industry, he has won five Filmfare Awards as well as one National Film Award for Best Actor. He is also popularly referred to as "Chiyaan" Vikram, derived from his character name in Sethu. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by People's University of Milan (Universita Popolare Degli Studi Di Milano) on 29 May 2011.
While some of Vikram's best-known films, Dhill (2001), Gemini (2002), Dhool (2003), Saamy (2003), Anniyan (2005) and Kanthaswamy (2009) remain some of Tamil cinema's biggest hits, performances in films like Sethu (1999), Kasi (2002), Pithamagan (2003), Anniyan (2005), Raavanan (2010) and Deiva Thirumagal (2011) have won him critical acclaim and awards, making Vikram one of the more successful actors of Tamil cinema, both critically and commercially. He established himself as one of leading contemporary actors in the film industry.
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