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Vijay

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  • Birth Name: Vijay
  • Date of Birth: 20, Jan 1974
  • Residence: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Biography

Vijay a.k.a. Duniya Vijay is an Indian actor who appears in Kannada films. He started off as a junior film artist in the industry playing small insignificant roles, before he got the big break in Duniya (2007).[1] He is noted for his performances in various films such as Chanda (2007), Junglee (2009), Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam (2011) and Jayammana Maga (2013).

Career[edit]

Vijay started off with a role in Yograj Bhat's Ranga SSLC with Sudeep. He then acted in films like JogiShreeEe Rajeev Gandhi Alla among others. He also did roles in television.

The turning point in Vijay's career came when his friend Soori's directorial debut Duniya. Vijay was cast as a naive village boy with a golden heart who ends up in the hands of underworld goons who use him as one of the henchman to execute their bad deeds. His acting won him rave reviews from critics. Vijay went on to win the State and Filmfare awards for his role in the film.

In 2007, Vijay appeared in three more films – YugaChanda and GeleyaYuga was an action oriented film on the lines of Duniya, but it was not a box office success. Vijay did a supporting role in Geleya, when Prakash Rai [2] walked out of the film at the last moment.

In 2007, Vijay made more news with his film Chanda. The film was directed by S. Narayan, who had supposedly agreed with Vijay that he would release the film six weeks after Yuga, so that there would be no clash. The director did not keep this promise, for which Vijay refused to dub (lend his voice) for the film. The matter was settled with the KFCC, who decided to impose a year-long ban on the actor. After the intervention of "Karnataka Film Federation" elders, the ban was revoked and Vijay was eligible to do other movies. Chanda did a roaring business at the box office and especially at B&C centres. He got the liking from the so-called 'masses' for his dare devil fights.

Vijay did a semi-art film Avva for Kavita Lankesh at the start of 2008. Vijay won accolades for a bravura performance, but the film did not do well. He was then seen in Sumana Kittur's Slum Bala towards the end of 2008, which also did average business. The consensus was that both films lacked action, which was Vijay's forte.

In 2009, Vijay was seen in action oriented films,namely, MR Ramesh's Thaakath and Junglee directed by Soori and also in Sadhu Kokila's directorial Devru.

The year 2010 continued to be a mixed luck for Vijay with three releases, out of which, one film Kanteerava managed to fetch average business and reviews. The other two, Shankar IPS and Kari Chirathe, went on to become failures at the box-office. However, he made a comeback with successful films which were also critically acclaimed JarasandhaJohny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam and Veerabahu in the year 2011.[citation needed]

In 2012, Vijay starred in the critically acclaimed Bheema Theeradalli which also found the commercial success. Vijay was lauded for his performance in the movie. In early 2013, the film Rajanikantha was released and it was a disaster in Box-Office. His subsequent release, which was under his production "Duniya Talkies" Jayammana Maga, a psychological thriller and his first production venture, met with rave critical reviews with his performance getting noticed. While his movie Shivajinagar was average at box office. In 2014, his only movie was Simhadri. In 2015 he went with four movies Jackson, Rx Suri, Ring road were hit, however Cobra is delayed.

In 2016, his first release was Yogaraj Bhat's much hyped film Dana Kayonu alongside Priyamani. The film went on to become a success commercially and resurrected his career. His upcoming release is Nagashekar's Masti Gudi.

Masti Gudi accident and KFCC ban[edit]

On 6 November 2016, while filming the climax fight scene for the upcoming Masti Gudi film, two stuntmen playing villainous roles: Anil and Uday along with Vijay jumped into the Thippagondanahalli reservoir from a helicopter. While the two stuntmen drowned, Vijay was rescued by the film crew.[3] Following this incident, the Karnataka Film Commerce Chamber (KFCC) imposed a ban on Vijay, director Nagashekar and stunt choreographer Ravi Varma until further notice.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
YearFilmRoleNotes
2004 Ranga SSLC    
2004 Jogi    
2005 Rishi    
2005 Deadly Soma    
2005 Giri    
2005 Rakshasa    
2005 Mental Manja    
2006 Shree    
2006 Ambi    
2007 Sri Kshethra Kaivara Thathayya   Cameo appearance
2007 Guna   Cameo appearance
2007 Duniya Shivalingu Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
2007 Yuga Yuga  
2007 Geleya ACP  
2007 Chanda Kariya  
2007 Ee Rajeev Gandhi Alla Himself  
2008 Avva Bedara Manja  
2008 Slum Bala Bala  
2009 Junglee Prabhakar  
2009 Thaakath Basya  
2009 Devru Devru  
2010 Shankar IPS Shankar Prasad  
2010 Kari Chirathe Madesh  
2010 Kanteerava Kanteerava  
2010 Aithalakkadi Himself Guest appearance
2011 Veera Bahu Veerabahu  
2011 Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam Johnny  
2011 Jarasandha Krishna Murthy "Jarasandha"  
2012 Bheema Theeradalli Chandya  
2012 Rajanikantha Rajani / Kantha  
2013 Jayammana Maga Naga  
2013 Shivajinagara Ramu  
2014 Simhadri Simhadri  
2015 Jackson    
2015 RX Soori Soori  
2015 Daksha    
2015 Ring Road Himself  
2016 Dana Kayonu Kempu / Docomo  
2017 Masti Gudi   Filming
TBA CobraFilm has yet to be released   Delayed
TBA KanakaFilm has yet to be released   Filming
TBA Jai Lava KusaFilm has yet to be released   Filming; Telugu film

 

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