Vijay at the TeachAIDS recording session
|Born||26 May 1979 (age 38)
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Other names||Chinnari Mutha
|Spouse(s)||Spandana (m. 2007)|
|Parent(s)||S. A. Chinne Gowda
See Rajkumar family
Vijay Raghavendra (born 26 May 1979) is an Indian film actor who appears predominantly in Kannada films. Referred popularly as "Chinnari Mutha", Vijay is the son of producer S. A. Chinne Gowda and nephew of actor Rajkumar.
Vijay started his career as a child artist through the film Chalisuva Modagalu (1982) and won critical acclaims for his performances in Chinnari Mutha (1993) and Kotreshi Kanasu (1994). The latter film won him the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. His first adult lead role was in Ramoji Rao's production titled Ninagagi in 2002, which was a commercial success and one of the highest-grossing films of the year. However, his subsequent projects under performed at the box-office until he was noticed for his role in the T. S. Nagabharana's period drama Kallarali Hoovagi in 2006, followed by his home production film Sevanthi Sevanthi in the same year. For playing the role of Puttaraj Gawai in the biographical film Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja in 2016, Vijay won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.
Vijay Raghavendra was born on 29 May 1979 in Bangalore, India to the family of film personalities. At the age of 4, he began to act in the films featuring his uncle Rajkumar in the lead. After having acted in about eight films as a child artist, Vijay underwent a formal training in acting at Chennai.
Child roles : National Film Award (1980s - 1990s)
In 1982, at the age of 4, Vijay appeared in a small role as a child in Singeetham Srinivasa Rao's romantic drama Chalisuva Modagalu starring his uncle Rajkumar, Ambika and his cousin Puneeth Rajkumar credited as Master Lohith. After a brief gap, in 1991 he appeared in Aralida Hoovugalu, a remake of Hindi film Jawani Diwani (1971), directed by Chi. Dattaraj and co-starred Shiva Rajkumar. His next movie Chinnari Mutha became a huge success and he became a household name in Karnataka. After that he acted in many movies, including Kotreshi Kanasu for which he won a National Award for his performance.
In 1993, Vijay, in his teens, appeared in three films: H. R. Bhargava's novel based drama Jaga Mechida Huduga, Renuka Sharma's devotional Kollura Sri Mookambika where he played the role of young Shankaracharya and the lead protagonist in the T. S. Nagabharana's Children's film Chinnari Mutha. The film won multiple laurels and awards upon release both at the state and national level. Vijay won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor (Male) for his portrayal of an innocent Muttha who raises to great popularity through his good deeds. His popularity further rose in 1995 with the Nagathihalli Chandrashekar's film adaption of the novel "Kotra Highschoolige Seriddu" titled Kotreshi Kanasu. Vijay played the titular role of Kotreshi and went on to win the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the year 1994-95. The other film he featured was the biographical Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai directed by Chindodi Bangaresh. He again played the titular role as a young and blind reformer Gawai and also portrayed the younger part of Narendra in Hindi film Swami Vivekananda. Following this, he took a break from films and concentrated on his studies.
Adult roles: 2002 - Present
His first adult role as an actor was in Ninagaagi (2002), a box office blockbuster which brought him success on his first role opposite the debutant Radhika. The film was a remake of Telugu hit Nuvve Kavali which screened for above 100 days and created a record. Following this success, he signed two more movies in the same year which could not succeed at the box-office. He has acted in many movies since then. His notable movies are Kallarali Hoovagi, Rishi, Khushi and Kaaranji.
Vijay did not have a single release in 2010. His much delayed films Shraavana, Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga and multi-starrer Kalla Malla Sulla released in 2011 with the latter two films earning favourable reviews. In 2012, he starred again in a multi-starrer comedy Snehitaru which received mixed response at the box-office. In 2015, he starred in a biographical Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja and won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.
In 2013, Vijay was a contestant and winner in the much talked about Kannada version of the reality show Bigg Boss in its first season, which started with 13 contestants. Vijay has been reportedly paid Rs. 5 million prize money.
Vijay is the eldest child of producer S. A. Chinne Gowda and his wife Jayamma. His younger brother Sriimurali is a popular Kannada film actor. His paternal aunt Parvathamma Rajkumar is a prominent film producer and distributor in Kannada cinema. He is the cousin of actors Shiva Rajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar. On 26 August 2007, he married Spandana, the daughter of Assistant Commissioner of Police, B. K. Shivaram. The couple have a son named Shourya.
In 2013, it was announced that he had joined other Bollywood and international celebrities in the TeachAIDS initiative, a state-of-the-art approach to worldwide HIV prevention, developed at Stanford University.
|1993||Jaga Mechida Huduga||Young Shivu|
|1993||Kollura Sri Mookambika||Young Shankaracharya|
|1993||Chinnari Mutha||Mutta||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor (Male)|
|1994||Kotreshi Kanasu||Kotreshi||National Film Award for Best Child Artist|
|1995||Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai||Young Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai|
|1998||Swami Vivekananda||Young Narendra||Hindi film|
|2004||Avale Nanna Gelathi|
|2007||Ee Rajeev Gandhi Alla||Rajeev Raj|
|2007||Naanu Neenu Jodi||Arjun|
|2008||Ganesha Matte Banda||Ganesha|
|2008||Mast Maja Maadi||Ramu|
|2009||IPC Section 300||Viji|
|2011||Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga||Viju|
|2011||Kalla Malla Sulla||Raghu|
|2014||Fair & Lovely||Abhimanyu|
|2016||Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja||Puttaraj Gawai||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor|
|2016||Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe||Shankar|
|2017||Happy New Year||Raghavendra|
|2017||Kismat||Also director, filming|
|2017||Yada Yadahi Dharmasya||Announced|
- 1998 – Attige (Tele-serial)
- 2013 – Bigg Boss Kannada 1 (Winner)
- 2014 – Nenapina Idiot-Box (Radio Host at 92.7 Big FM)
- 2016 - Drama Juniors (Judge)
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- Centuries on debut for them
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- Vijay Ragavendra to direct Kismat
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