Vijay Kumar B alias
Sanchari Vijay is a Kannada Theater and film artist. The tag ‘Sanchari’ comes from a drama troupe of the same name of which, Vijay is a vital part. The milestone in his acting career is regarded as the 2015 movie ‘Naanu Avanalla...Avalu’ where he takes, head-on, the bold portrayal of a transgender. For his brave stint, Vijay procured the National award for Best Actor. He is the third Kannada actor to win the award; his precursors being eminent actors like M.V Vasudeva Rao and Charuhasan.
To add to the pride, ‘
Harivu’, in which he is the protagonist, won the award for the ‘Best Feature Film’ in the language, Kannada. In ‘Harivu,’ Sanchari portrays an intense relationship between a father and son. ‘Naanu Avanalla….. Avalu’ is a based on an original story and it comes to life with Vijay’s exceptional acting skills. He renders the emotion and body language of a transgender in a way that is simply out of this world. As he confesses, the role had educated him about the life of a transgender- their position in the social ladder. Having done plays that echoed the same radical theme, he had to learn to adapt to the mannerisms.
While on one plate he deals with gender bias; on the other, he deals with urbanization and cultural politics through ‘Harivu’. Vijay is little known for his commercial movies as his works are, by large, non-canonical and mostly theatre. His characters are diverse and complex as in ‘Dasavala’, directed by
Jogi Prem, where he plays the role of a boy who is mentally and physically challenged. His other works include ‘
Oggarane’ a Kannada remake of the Malayalam film, ‘Salt and Pepper’ He was born on 1983 in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. He is also very popularly known as a writer.