Kennedy John Victor, better known as Vikram is a South Indian actor, movie producer, and playback singer. He mostly appearances in Tamil movies and has received much more awards including seven Filmfare Awards. He is one of the versatile actors of South Indian cinema.
Vikram’s Early Life and Personal Detail
Vikram was born to John Victor (Vinod Raj) and Rajeshwari in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His father is an actor whereas his mother is a sub-collector. He grew up along with siblings Arvind and Anita. His birth name is Kennedy John Victor.
He attended Montfort School, Yercaud, where he learned karate, horse riding, and swimming. Similarly, he did his higher education from Loyal College, Chennai. Standing 5 feet 7 inch, Vikram has a muscular body with 150 Ibs. His horoscope is Aries. He is Indian by nationality and practices Christianity.
Talking about Vikram’s love life, he is married to Shailaja Balakrishnan, since 1992. The husband and wife first met in late the 1980s and from there they began to date each other. Their wedding ceremony was held at Guruvayoor in an event along with dozens of other couples at the same place. The husband and wife are parents of Akshita and Dhruv. His daughter Akshita is married to Manu Ranjith, grandson of political M. Karunanidhi.
Vikram’s Career and Award
Vikram wanted to pursue his career in acting from his childhood.Though his father was an actor, he couldn’t get chance to play lead roles in the movies.During the period, he took a part in The Doctor in Spite of Himself and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy. He even received IIT Madras awards for his outstanding performance.
After completing education, Vikram modeled in advertisements like Chola Tea, TVS EXCEL, and Alwyn watches. Movie industry recognized him with veteran director C.V. Sridhar at the final year of his M.B.A program.
In 1990, he made his acting debut from the T.J. Joys’ directorial movie En Kadhal Kanmani.Later, he made several appearances but couldn’t get success. Then in 1999, he portrayed the character of Bala in the Tamil romantic drama movie, Sethu. The movie received much appreciation as he received his first Filmfare Special Award (South) and Tamil Nadu Film Award Special Prize. Even, the movie was remade in Hindi as Tere Naam that starred Salman Khan.
His inspirable role Chithan in the movie Pithamagan helped him to receive National Film Award and Tamil Nadu States Film Award. Moreover, his breakthrough role came in 2015 when he portrayed the character of Lingesan (Lee) in the box office hit movie, I. It earned 225 crore INR at the end of the year. The song Tu Chale has over millions of viewers in YouTube channel.
Besides his acting in movies, he has played few TV series including Galatta Kudumbam, Vishwanath, and Sirafugal. Not only this, he has done several commercials including Coca-Cola, Brooke Bond, Josco Jewellers and much more. He is also a playback singer sung few songs. Moreover, his upcoming movies are Dhruva Natchathiram, Sketch and Sammy 2 are set to be released in 2018 and in 2019.
Vikram’s Net Worth and Lifestyle
Vikram is one of the highest paid South Indian actor. He charges around 12 to 15 Crores INR per movie. Moreover, he has earned lucrative net worth of $20 million from his career in acting, singing, endorsement.
Similarly, he is a brand ambassador of Sanjeevani Trust, Coca-Cola in Tamil Nadu, Big Deal TV, Brooke Brand 3 Roses and many more. Currently, he lives a lavish lifestyle in the house situated in 18, Murli St. Mahalingapura with his family. Likewise, he loves to collect cars and has luxurious cars in his collection.