Vikram (Actor) Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Vikram Quick Info
Height5 ft 6¼ in
Weight73 kg
Date of BirthApril 17, 1966
Zodiac SignAries
SpouseShailaja Balakrishnan

Kennedy John Victor, popularly known as ‘Vikram‘ is an Indian film star. He predominantly appears in Tamil movies. His debut film in the lead role was En Kadhal Kanmani (1990). Many of his small budget Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies in the 1990s went unnoticed. His film Sethu (1999) directed by Bala was a turning point in his career.

Born Name

Kennedy John Victor

Nick Name

Kenny, Chiyaan Vikram

Chiyaan Vikram as seen in Mumbai 2014
Chiyaan Vikram as seen in Mumbai in 2009 (Bollywood Hungama / BollywoodHungama.com / CC BY 3.0)

Sun Sign

Aries

Born Place

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Residence

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Nationality

Indian

Education

Vikram studied in Montfort School, Yercaud and a boarding school situated in a hill station near Salem, Tamil Nadu and completed his schooling in 1983.

He was interested to work in films but his father forced him to continue his studies. Then, he pursued his degree in English Literature and MBA at Loyola College, Chennai.

Occupation

Film Actor, Film Producer, Playback Singer, Voice Actor

Family

  • Father – John Victor (alias Vinod Raj) (Supporting roles in Tamil Films and serials)
  • Mother – Rajeshwari (Sub-Collector)
  • Siblings – Arvind (Younger Brother) (Actor), Anitha (Younger Sister) (Teacher)
  • Others – Thiagarajan (Maternal Uncle) (Film Actor, Director, Producer, Art Director, Screenwriter), Prashanth (Cousin) (Actor, Businessman)
Actor Vikram as seen at Cavinkare Ability Awards 2015
Actor Vikram as seen at Cavinkare Ability Awards 2015 (Janarthanan Kesavan /Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Manager

M. Suryanarayanan

Build

Athletic

Genre

Soundtrack

Instruments

Vocals

Labels

He is unsigned. Mostly, he has contributed to film songs. His songs are labeled by Sony Music India, Pyramid, Vega Music, Big B, Think Music, and others.

Height

5 ft 6¼ in or 168.5 cm

Weight

73 kg or 161 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Vikram’s name has been linked with –

  1. Shailaja Balakrishnan (1992-Present) – Shailaja’s native is Thalassery, Kerala. She has worked as a psychology teacher in Chennai. She has also worked with Deiva Thirumagal (2011) team to help Vikram portray the role of a mentally challenged man by providing professional advice to the team on how people with special needs are treated. They both met each other in the late 1980s and got married in 1992, Guruvayoor, Kerala. It was a mass wedding alongside dozens of couples and they also had a low-key wedding ceremony conducted at the church present at Loyola College, Chennai. They have a daughter and a son named Akshita and Dhruv respectively. Akshita married Manu Ranjith, the great-grandson of the late former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in 2017. Their son Dhruv made his debut with Adithya Varma in 2019 portraying the lead role. The film is the remake of the Telugu movie Arjun Reddy (2017).

Race / Ethnicity

Asian (Indian)

He has Tamil ancestry.

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Actor & UN Habitat Youth Envoy Vikram as seen in 2011
Actor & UN-Habitat Youth Envoy Vikram as seen in 2011 (U.S. Consulate General Chennai / Flickr / Public Domain)

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Dedication towards acting
  • Down to earth personality

Brand Endorsements

He has appeared in the following TV commercials –

  1. Chola Tea
  2. Alwyn Watches
  3. TVS Excel
  4. 3 Roses (2010)

He has served as a brand ambassador for –

  1. Parle-G (2007)
  2. Sanjeevani Trust – a charitable organization
  3. Big Deal TV – a 24/7 celebrity-driven home shopping channel (2015)
  4. Manappuram General Finance and Leasing Ltd (2015)
  5. Goodwill ambassador for Vidya Sudha – a school for children with special needs.
  6. Coca-Cola – For Tamil Nadu

Religion

Christianity

Chiyaan Vikram & A R Rahman unveil the first look of the film ‘I’ 2013
Chiyaan Vikram & A. R. Rahman unveils the first look of the film ‘I’ (2013) (Bollywood Hungama / BollywoodHungama.com / CC BY 3.0)

Vikram Facts

  1. He hates his original name ‘Kennedy’. So, he used the first 2 letters of his father’s name ‘Vi’, ‘K’ from Kennedy, first 2 letters from his mother’s name ‘Ra’ and ‘ram’ from his zodiac sign Aries and composed his name as Vikram.
  2. The actor has promoted various social causes. In 2011, he appeared as the Youth Envoy for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Chiyaan also has his welfare association called The Vikram Foundation and was also linked with Kasi Eye Care providing support to the underprivileged.
  3. During his college days, the actor met with an accident while returning home on his motorbike after receiving the best actor award at IIT Madras. He suffered a serious leg injury and was hospital-ridden for 3 years. He has undergone 23 surgeries to prevent his leg from being removed surgically. Since he was able to walk only using crutches, he obtained permission from the management to finish his study at home and completed his final year of college studies.
  4. For the film I (2012), Vikram portrayed the roles of a bodybuilder, a model, a beast and a hunchback. To portray the role of a bodybuilder, he put on weight by sticking to a protein-rich diet and coffee to make his muscles look distinct on screen. For the role of a model, he lost weight. Later, he lost 56 kilos of weight and shaved his head to portray the role of a hunchback. During his massive weight reduction process, he ate small meals of egg whites instead of regular food intakes. It took nearly 3 years to complete the production for the film. The actor has said that he suffered from folliculitis due to prosthetic make-up he had to wear for the film.

Featured Image by U.S. Consulate General Chennai / Flickr / Public Domain

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