Vijayakanth awarded Padma Bhushan posthumously

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Actor and politician Vijayakanth was awarded the Padma Bhushan posthumously by the Centre on Thursday (January 25). He was recognised for his contribution in the field of art (Tamil cinema).

The Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) chief died on December 28, 2023, at a private hospital in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai. His fans took to social media to take pride in this announcement and called it ‘well deserved’.

Vijayakanth was one of the most-loved actor and politicians in Tamil Nadu. He acted in 154 movies and bid goodbye to films to foray into politics.

He founded the DMDK and became a Member of the Legislative Assembly twice. He then served as the Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 2011 to 2016.

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