Kennedy John Victor, famously known as Vikram, born on April 17, 1966, is a prominent figure in Tamil cinema, renowned for his versatile acting prowess. His illustrious career is adorned with numerous accolades, including seven Filmfare Awards South, a National Film Award, and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award. Notably, he was honored with the Kalaimamani Award by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 2004 and received an honorary doctorate from the Popular University of Milan in May 2011, marking him as the first Indian actor to achieve this distinction from a European University for his contributions to acting. Vikram’s eminence further soared as he found a place in the esteemed Forbes India Celebrity 100 list for the years 2016 and 2018. Making his debut with “En Kadhal Kanmani” in 1990, Vikram’s career witnessed a breakthrough with his compelling portrayal in Bala’s “Sethu” (1999), where he depicted the transformation of a rogue into a lover. Subsequently, he delivered remarkable performances in hit movies such as “Dhill” (2001), “Gemini” (2002), “Saamy” (2003), and “Anniyan” (2005). His portrayal of diverse and challenging roles, notably in “Kasi” (2001), “Samurai” (2002), and “Pithamagan” (2003), earned him widespread critical acclaim, with “Pithamagan” fetching him the National Film Award for Best Actor. Apart from his cinematic endeavors, Vikram is actively involved in various social causes. He served as the Youth Envoy for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in 2011 and has been associated with organizations like Sanjeevani Trust and Vidya Sudha, a school for special children. He also supports Kasi Eye Care and operates the Vikram Foundation, dedicated to welfare activities. Notably, in 2016, Vikram produced and directed the video “Spirit of Chennai,” a tribute to the volunteers who rallied during the 2015 South Indian floods, showcasing his commitment to societal well-being beyond the silver screen.

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