Vijayan, one of the talented actors in the Tamil and Malayalam film worlds, suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Saturday morning, and breathed his last at a private hospital in Chennai the same morning.
Vijayan was one of the finds of the ace filmmaker Bharathiraja. He made his debut in the film 'Niram Maaradha Pookkal' with Radhika, which was directed by Bharathiraja. Mahendran's 'Uthiri Pookal' was one of his finest films in his 30 years long career.
Later, he went on to play a negative role in Bharathiraja's 'Manvaasanai' and his performance was well appreciated by critics. But he went out of the acting world for nearly a decade, as his family underwent a lot of suffering.
He re- entered Tamil films through the blockbusters Ramana and 7 G Rainbow Colony. He acted in nearly 150 films in Malayalam and Tamil.
His body has been rested at his native village in Kerala.