Viji, popularly known as Kozhi Koovuth Viji, made her debut in Gangai Amaren’s Kozhi Koovuthu. It went on to become a super hit. During shooting for Poove Unakkaga Viji experienced hip and back pain and she underwent an operation. The operation failed and after more surgeries, Viji suffered temporary paralysis. Viji recovered after a corrective surgery and made a comeback to films in 2000 with Simmasanam. Vijayakanth, who had acted with Viji in many films, promised her a role in his next, but Simmasanam remained her last film. On 27 November 2000, Viji committed suicide in her home in Chennai.