Renowned actor and politician Vijayakanth has been honored with the posthumous award of Padma Bhushan for his remarkable contributions to the field of art, specifically in Tamil cinema. The late DMDK (Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam) chief passed away on December 28, 2023, in a private hospital in Chennai. The announcement of the Padma Awards by the Indian government on January 25, ahead of Republic Day, brought joy to his fans, who consider it a well-deserved recognition.
Vijayakanth, a beloved figure in Tamil Nadu, had an illustrious career in the film industry, starring in 154 movies before transitioning to a career in politics. As the founder of DMDK, he played a pivotal role in the political arena, serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly and later as the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 2011 to 2016.
This posthumous Padma Bhushan acknowledges Vijayakanth’s enduring impact on Tamil cinema and his significant contributions to public service through his political journey. The recognition adds another layer to the legacy of a man who left an indelible mark on both the cultural and political fabric of Tamil Nadu.