Days are not far when actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth would soon be denied his right to use the prefix of ‘captain’ to his name. Ever since Vijayakanth played a captain’s role in his 100th film titled Captain Prabhakaran (which was directed by R.K. Selvamani) in the nineties, the word of ‘captain’ got struck with his name as a prefix.
It may be noted that the rank of ‘captain’ is meant exclusively meant for those in the military services. Govindaraj, an ex-serviceman, has shot off a letter to the Home Secretary of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu in which he has questioned Vijayakanth’s wisdom in using the title of ‘captain’ as the latter hadn’t served in the army but was only an actor-turned-politician.
Vijayakanth was given the title of ‘Puratchikalaignar’ which used to appear in some of his films too. However, after the release of his 100th film, Vijayakanth seemed to prefer ‘captain’ to ‘Puratchikalaignar’ and started using it frequently. The party posters of Vijayakanth’s DMDK and the party’s facebook account clearly refer to Vijayakanth only with the prefix ‘captain’.
In his letter to the Home Secretary, Govindaraj has said, “Vijayakanth, the DMDK chief, had been using the prefix of ‘captain’ for the past many years which is against the law of the land. As per the Act enacted in 1950, it has been clearly stated that civilians are barred from using the names of titles and ranks of military men.
“What Vijayakanth has been doing is illegal and is against the prevailing laws. I, therefore, request that Vijayakanth should be restrained and barred from using the prefix of ‘captain’ to his name.” Govindaraj later said that he had sent a similar letter to Vijayakanth too asking him not to use the title of ‘captain’.
“If I don’t’ get any response from Vijayakanth’s side within the next month or if I come across him using the title of ‘captain’ after that, I won’t mind approaching the High Court of Madras in this regard,” he says.