Vijay Raghavendra

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Vijay Raghavendra
Vijay Raghavendra - TeachAIDS Recording Session.png
Vijay at the TeachAIDS recording session
Born26 May 1979 (1979-05-26) (age 39)
  • Film actor
  • Playback singer
  • Television presenter
Years active1982–present
Spandana (m. 2007)
Parent(s)S. A. Chinne Gowda
RelativesSriimurali (brother)
See Rajkumar family

Vijay Raghavendra (born 26 May 1979) is an Indian film actor who appears predominantly in Kannada films. Referred to popularly as "Chinnari Mutha",[1] Vijay is the son of producer S. A. Chinne Gowda and nephew of actor Rajkumar.[2]

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).[3] The latter film won him the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.[4] His first Hero 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.[5]

In 2013, by public vote, Vijay won the first season of the game show Bigg Boss – the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, currently produced by Endemol India.[6]

Early life[edit]

Vijay Raghavendra was born on 29 May 1979 in Bangalore, India to a family of film personalities. At the age of 4, he began to act in 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.[7]

Film career[edit]

Child roles : National Film Award (1980s - 1990s)[edit]

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. He went on to appear in the 1989 movie Parashuram, alongside his cousin Puneeth Rajkumar in a song. After a brief gap, in 1991 he appeared in Aralida Hoovugalu, a remake of the 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 Mutha who rises to great popularity through his good deeds.[8] 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 in was the biographical Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai, directed by Chindodi Bangaresh. He again played the titular role as the young and blind reformer Gawai and also portrayed the younger part of Narendra in the Hindi film Swami Vivekananda. Following this, he took a break from films and concentrated on his studies.

Adult roles: 2002 - Present[edit]

His first adult role as an actor was in Ninagagi (2002), a box office blockbuster which brought him success on his first role opposite the debutant Radhika. The film was a remake of the Telugu hit Nuvve Kavali, which screened for over 100 days and created a record.[9] 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 the 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 a mixed response at the box office. In 2015, he starred in the 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.[10][11] Vijay has been reportedly paid Rs. 5 million prize money.[12]

Personal life[edit]

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 was 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.[13][14] The couple has a son named Shourya.

Charitable work[edit]

Recording session

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.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Chalisuva Modagalu
1991 Aralida Hoovugalu
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
2002 Ninagagi Tarun
2002 Prema Khaidi Vijay
2002 Romeo Juliet Achyuth
2003 Heart Beats Vikky
2003 Preethisale Beku Ganesha
2003 Vikram Vikram
2003 Khushi Vijay
2003 Vijaya Simha Vijay
2004 Avale Nanna Gelathi
2005 Rishi Hari
2006 Shree Shree
2006 Sevanthi Sevanthi Devu
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi Jayadeva
2007 Ee Rajeev Gandhi Alla Rajeev Raj
2007 Naanu Neenu Jodi Arjun
2008 Beladingalaagi Baa Vivek
2008 Minchina Ota Kishore
2008 Ganesha Matte Banda Ganesha
2008 Mast Maja Maadi Ramu
2009 Nam Yajamanru Alok
2009 Kaaranji Viji
2009 IPC Section 300 Viji
2009 Gokula Raja
2009 Khiladi Krishna Krishna
2010 Aithalakkadi Special appearance
2011 Vighneshwara Vijay
2011 Shraavana Vijay
2011 Vinayaka Geleyara Balaga Viju
2011 Kalla Malla Sulla Raghu
2011 Naliyona Baaraa Rajeev
2012 Snehitaru
2013 Chella Pilli Hemanth
2013 Bhajarangi Special appearance
2014 Paramashiva Raghu
2014 Fair & Lovely Abhimanyu
2015 Vamshodharaka Vishwa
2016 Shivayogi Sri Puttayyajja Puttaraj Gawai Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
2016 Ranatantra Gautham
2016 Apoorva Guest appearance
2016 Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe Shankar
2017 Srikanta Journalist
2017 Chowka Surya Shetty
2017 Eradu Kanasu Muthu
2017 Happy New Year Raghavendra
2017 Toss
2017 Mass Leader
2017 Jani Jani
2018 Raja Loves Radhe
2018 Kismat Also director
2018 Nimagagi Filming


  • 2016 - Akira: "Alisade Husiyagide"



  • 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)
  • 2017-Drama Juniors 2 (judge)
  • 2017- Dance Karnataka Dance Family War (Judge)
  • 2018- Dance Karnataka Dance Little Masters (Judge)
  • 2018- Drama Juniors 3 (judge)


  1. ^ "Vijay Raghavendra makes his directorial debut, changes his name". The Times of India. 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Vijay Raghavendra Biography". Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  3. ^ "On my pinboard — Vijay Raghavendra". =Deccan Herald. 26 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Vijay Raghavendra has got national award". The Times of India. 16 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Vijay Raghavendra, Malashri bag top honours at State Film Awards". News 17 May 2016.
  6. ^ Vijay Raghavendra wins Kannada Bigg Boss Season 1
  7. ^ "Vijay Raghavendra- A Macho Built Popular Actor Of Kannada Cinema".
  8. ^ "Vijaya Raghavendra Lucky". 30 June 2013.
  9. ^ Centuries on debut for them
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Vijay Raghavendra in Big Boss house
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ "Vijay to wed Spandana". IndiaGlitz. 5 April 2007.
  14. ^ "Wedding bells for Vijaya Raghavendra". The Times of India. 20 April 2007.
  15. ^ "Kannada movie star Vijay Raghavendra joins the TeachAIDS education efforts". TeachAIDS Blog. 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  16. ^ Vijay Ragavendra to direct Kismat

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