Vijay Kumar B alias
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 person. 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, ‘
,’ in which he is the protagonist, won the ‘Best Feature Film’ award in the language, Kannada. In ‘Harivu,’ Sanchari portrays an intense relationship between a father and son. ‘Naanu Avanalla….. Avalu is based on an original story and comes to life with Vijay’s exceptional acting skills. He renders the emotion and body language of a transgender person in a way that is simply out of this world. As he confesses, the role had educated him about the life of a transgender person- their position on the social ladder. Having done plays that echoed the same radical theme, he learned 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 large non-canonical mostly theatre. His characters are diverse and complex, as in ‘Dasavala,’ directed by
, where he plays a mentally and physically challenged boy. His other works include ‘
,’ a Kannada remake of the Malayalam film ‘Salt and Pepper.’ He was born in 1983 in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. He is also very popularly known as a writer.
In 2019, Sanchari Vijay was seen in
with Anand Nag and , directed by SK Bhagavan. In 2020, he played in Gentleman with
, directed by
Jadesh Kumar Hampi
. In the same year, he played in Act 1978, directed by Manjunatha Somashekara Reddy. The film also featured ,
, and “
On 12th June 2021, Sanchari Vijay and his friend Naveen rode on a bike to buy medicines during the lockdown. While Naveen was riding the bike, Vijay was in the pillion. The bike skid and hit an electric pole. Naveen got his leg fractured, and Vijay had severe injuries. He was admitted to the hospital and was done with emergency brain surgery. Although his heart rate and blood pressure are stable, his brain didn’t recover. He was in full life support in ICU. His brain stem failed, and the doctors announced that he is brain dead and the chance of recovery is impossible. Therefore his family decided to donate his organs on 14th June 2021.
Even before releasing two of his films, Aatakuntu Lekakilla and Melobba Mayavi, the National Award-winning actor Sanchari Vijay left the world.