Vijay Raghavendra

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Vijay Raghavendra
Vijay Raghavendra - TeachAIDS Recording Session.png
Raghavendra at TeachAIDS recording session in 2013
Native name ವಿಜಯ್ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ
Born (1979-05-26) 26 May 1979 (age 37)
Bengaluru, Karnataka
Other names Raagu
Spouse(s) Spandana (2007–present)
Family Srimurali (brother)

Vijay Raghavendra is an Indian actor who primarily works in Kannada films. He started as a child artist in the film industry and won critical acclaims for his performances in Chinnari Mutha (1993) and Kotreshi Kanasu (1994). The latter won him the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.[1] His first lead role was in Ninagagi (2002).

In 2013, by public vote, Vijay won the first season of game show Bigg Boss – the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, currently produced by Endemol India.[2]

Family[edit]

Raghavendra is the son of famous Kannada film producer, S. A. Chinne Gowda. He is also related to the actor and singer Rajkumar and is the cousin of the actors Shivarajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar. His brother, Sri Murali, is also an actor. He married Spandana in 2007 and has a son named Shourya.[3]

Career[edit]

Raghavendra started his career as a child actor in the film Chalisuva Modagalu (1982) starring his uncle Rajkumar and Ambika. 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.

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.[4] 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.[5][6] Vijay has been reportedly paid Rs. 5 million prize money.[7]

Charitable work[edit]

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.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Chalisuva Modagalu Child actor
1991 Aralida Hoovugalu Child actor
1993 Jaga Mechida Huduga Child actor
1993 Kollura Sri Mookambika Child actor
1993 Chinnari Mutha Mutta Child actor
Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor (Male)
1994 Kotreshi Kanasu Kotreshi Child actor
Won, National Film Award for Best Child Artist
1995 Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara Gavai Young Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai Child actor
1998 Swami Vivekananda Young Narendra
2002 Ninagagi Tarun First lead role
2002 Prema Khaidi
2002 Romeo Juliet
2003 Heart Beats
2003 Preetisale Beku
2003 Vikram Vikram
2003 Khushi
2003 Vijaya Simha
2004 Avale Nanna Gelati
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 Kiladi 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 Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
2016 Ranatantra Gautham
2016 Apoorva Guest appearance
2016 Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe
2016 Chowka Surya Shetty Filming
2016 Toss Filming
2016 Vighna Also director, filming
2016 Yada Yadahi Dharmasya Announced
TBA Ekka Raja Rani

Director[edit]

Television[edit]

  • 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)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Show created
Bigg Boss Kannada Winner
(Series 1) 2013
Succeeded by
Akul Balaji