Vijayaraj Alagarswami Vijayakanth (born 25 August 1952)] better known as or Captain or Vijayakanth, is an Indian politician and film actor. He was the Leader of the Opposition of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from 2011 to 2016. Before coming into politics Vijayakanth was a film director and actor. He was a political film actor in Tamil cinema.Vijayakanth is also the current DMDK chairman of Tamil Nadu legislative assembly. He is the Founder and Leader of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) Political party and served as a Member of Legislative Assembly twice representing the constituency of Virudhacalam & Rishivandiyam respectively.
Vijayakanth is one of very few Tamil politicians and actors in political drama to have acted only in Tamil movies throughout his career, though his movies have been dubbed into Telugu and Hindi. He is also known for portraying a village do-gooder. He has acted in more than 20 films as a police officer. By far the most times by any actor of his time in Tamil cinema to have donned the khaki in movies. His first film was Inikkum Ilamai (1979) where he played an antagonist. His subsequent films Agal Vilakku (1979), Neerottam (1980) and Saamanthippoo (1980) are followed box-office flops. He then had success with Doorathu Idi Muzhakkam (1980) and Sattam Oru Iruttarai (1981), directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar; most of his movies are with him. He was nicknamed "Captain" after the movie Captain Prabhakaran (1991).