Actor Vinod Raj predominantly appears in Kannada films only. He is known in the Kannada film world for his dancing skills. His mother is Leelavathi, who acted with prominent actors like Dr. Rajkumar, N. T. Rama Rao,
and Chiranjeevi. She has won two national awards. Leelavathi has acted in 600 films, from which 300 are Kannada films.
It was his mother, Leelavathi, who turned producer for his son to get a place in the Kannada cinema industry. She produced films like ‘College Hero’, ‘Nanjunda’, ‘Kannadada Kanda’, ‘Shukra’, and ‘Yaaradu’ to launch her son in the maximum number of Kannada films. But it was in 1987 when he made his debut in Dwarakish Chitra banner’s ‘Dance Raja Dance”, where people recognized his acting skills.
He was not just an actor, but also a skilled dancer. People used to like him just for his foot-tapping dance numbers, in which he totally excelled. This Sandalwood dancer became world famous when his dance moves were copied in world-action-adventure video games developed by Rockstar Games.
The video that was released in the playstation portable (PSP) mode was titled as Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and released on October 24, 2005. Director Dwarakish had shot the climax scene with the help of a helicopter using five cameras, and had taken an aerial angle to showcase Mysore city that made the film very popular. After appearing in many Kannada films, actor Vinod Raj, was even called by K. Balachander, but he did not want to work in other languages.
Although Vinod Raj was born in Chennai, he and his mother had shifted to Bengaluru. They own a farmhouse with acres of land and grow crops there. The actor also had undertaken many philanthropic activities and even supported Anna Hazare’s movement on the Lokpal Bill. The actor’s family runs a charitable hospital in the name of his mother that is meant to help the downtrodden people of Mysore. He also appeared as a judge in a TV show titled, ‘
Rock n Roll
’, that was aired on the Surya TV channel.
The actor holds
as his role model and considers that his dancing numbers were also highly inspired by the King of Pop. The actor has transformed the medium of acting into an art form and promotional tool. Besides acting, he has also sung in some of his movies. His singing skill was appreciated when he had rendered his voice for some devotional albums in the Kannada language.
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Vinod Raj is an Indian Kannada film actor. He is known for his dancing skills. He is a very choosy actor when it comes to selecting roles for movies. Though he has worked for a short span in his career, he has worked with major actors like
, Srinivas Murthy and Ramesh Arvind.
He says Michael Jackson is his inspiration for singing and dancing. He was introduced to the Indian film industry by actor-producer Dwarakish. He did his first two movies under him and later went on doing films under Dwarakish's home banner.
His dancing skills in Dance Raja Dance are very popular on YouTube. It was also used in Grand Theft Auto: III, a video game. After this venture, he has acted under various producers. He has worked for many charitable forums and donated money to the flood relief fund. He also supported and campaigned with Anna Hazare to support the Jan Lokpal Bill.