Vijay (director)

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B. Vijaya Reddy

(1936-07-15)15 July 1936
Died9 October 2020(2020-10-09) (aged 84)
Nationality Indian
Occupation(s)Film director, producer and screenwriter

B. Vijaya Reddy (15 July 1936 – 9 October 2020), better known as Vijay Reddy or Vijay, was an Indian film director who worked primarily in Kannada cinema with over 50 movies to his credit.[ citation needed ] His debut directorial venture was Rangamahal Rahasya (1970). He was known for his collaborations with leading Kannada actor Rajkumar for movies like Gandhada Gudi (1973), Mayura (1975), Naa Ninna Mareyalare (1976) and Sanaadi Appanna (1977) which are considered among the classic movies of Kannada cinema. [1] [2]


Early life

Reddy was born in Tadepalligudem in the West Godavari district of Madras Presidency in British India to a farming family. [2] [3] He subsequently went to Madras (now Chennai) to look for work. [3]


Reddy started his career in the cinema industry as an assistant editor for B. Vittalacharya's Kannada directorial Mane Tumbida Hennu. [2]

His directorial debut was Rangamahal Rahasya (1970), starring Srinath, the success of which earned him recognition in the industry. It was followed by Modala Rathri (1970) with the same lead actor but the movie was not a commercial success. His third directorial venture, Cow Boy Kulla (1973), with Dwarakish was a reasonable success. His career took a turning point in 1973 when he directed his fourth movie, Gandhada Gudi which was the 150th movie of Rajkumar, who was the leading actor of Kannada films at that time, and the third movie of Vishnuvardhan, who had become a popular actor with the success of his debut movie Naagarahaavu . [4] Gandhada Gudi became a milestone in Kannada films. [5] Vijay's next five movies, Sri Srinivasa Kalyana , Mayura , Naa Ninna Mareyalare , Badavara Bandhu and Sanaadi Appanna, all of which starred Rajkumar were huge commercial successes. [6] [7] [8] He achieved national recognition with the 1977 movie Sanaadi Appanna which had acclaimed shehnai player Bismillah Khan playing the instrument for the lead actor Rajkumar. [9] [10] He directed Rajkumar in nine movies (excluding two cameo appearances) in varied genres including mythological, historical, novel based, folklore and social dramas. [11] [ verification needed ]

Reddy had the distinction of having directed the 150th movies of both Rajkumar ( Gandhada Gudi ) [12] and Vishnuvardhan ( Mojugara Sogasugara ). [13]

He was also instrumental in giving Shankar Nag a mass image through Auto Raja . [14] Prior to that, he had directed Anant Nag in Naa Ninna Bidalaare which had made people take note of Anant's acting prowess. [15] He directed two movies of Shiva Rajkumar - Shiva Mecchida Kannappa and Gandhada Gudi Part 2 both of which had Rajkumar in cameo appearances.[ citation needed ] He was the director of V. Ravichandran's debut movie Khadeema Kallaru in which he played a negative role. [16]

He had also directed movies in other languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam - with the prominent one being the Hindi remake of Naa Ninna Mareyalare titled Pyar Kiya Hai Pyar Karenge starring Anil Kapoor. His other Hindi movies were - Teri Meherbaniyan - remake of Thaliya Bhagya, Jawab Hum Denge, Ganga Tere Desh Mein - remake of Huli Hebbuli and Paap Ka Ant . His debut Telugu movie was Srimathi.[ citation needed ]

He also produced two movies - Mullina Gulabi and Kunthiputra. Vijay floated a production house — Vijaya Shekhar Productions — with another director V. Somashekhar and went on to produce several films. Vijay also directed 17 Hindi and six Telugu films, where he worked with the reigning stars of the time such as Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha and Mithun Chakraborty. [17] He also had 48 Kannada films to his credit. [18] His last directorial was the Vishnuvardhan starrer Karnataka Suputhra (1996). In 2000, he was selected to direct Rajkumar's ambitious mythological movie Bhakta Ambareesha which was subsequently shelved. [19]


Reddy died on 9 October 2020 at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai. [20] [21]


The following is a list of Kannada movies involving Vijay: [22]

YearTitleCredited asNotes
DirectorStory writerScreenplay writerProducerPresenter
1970 Rangamahal RahasyaYesNoNoNoNoDebut
1970 Modala RathriYesNoNoNoNo
1973 Cow Boy KullaYesNoNoNoNo
1973 Gandhada Gudi YesNoYesNoNo
1974 Sri Srinivasa Kalyana YesNoNoNoNo
1975 Mayura YesNoNoNoNo
1976 Naa Ninna Mareyalare YesNoYesNoNo
1976 Badavara Bandhu YesNoNoNoNo
1977 Sanaadi Appanna YesNoNoNoNo
1979 Naa Ninna Bidalaare YesNoNoNoNo
1979 Huliya Haalina Mevu YesNoNoNoNo
1980 Rama Parushurama YesNoNoNoNo
1980 Auto Raja YesNoNoNoNo
1980 Aarada Gaaya NoNoNoNoYes
1981 Hanabalavo JanabalavoYesNoNoNoNo
1981 Nee Nanna Gellalare YesNoNoNoNo
1982 Mullina Gulabi YesNoNoYesNo
1982 Khadeema Kallaru YesNoNoNoNo
1982 Chalisada SagaraYesNoNoNoNo
1983 Bhakta Prahlada YesNoNoNoNo
1984 Thaliya BhagyaYesNoNoNoNo
1985 Pavithra PaapiYesNoNoNoNo
1985 Veeradhi Veera YesNoNoNoNo
1985 Thayiya HoneYesNoNoNoNo
1985 Thayi KanasuYesNoNoNoNo
1985 Mareyada Manikya YesNoNoNoNo
1985 Kiladi AliyaYesNoNoNoNo
1986 Thayiye Nanna DevaruYesNoNoNoNo
1987 Sathva PareeksheNoNoNoNoYes
1987 Nyayakke ShiksheNoNoNoNoYes
1987 Huli Hebbuli YesNoNoNoNo
1988 Shiva Mecchida Kannappa YesNoNoNoNo
1989 Deva YesNoNoNoNo
1990 Kempu GulabiYesNoNoNoNo
1992 Kaliyuga Seethe YesNoNoNoNo
1992 Goonda RajyaYesNoNoNoNo
1994 Kunti PuthraYesYesYesYesNo
1994 Gandhada Gudi Part 2 YesNoYesNoNo
1995 Mojugara Sogasugara YesYesYesNoNo
1996 Karnataka SuputhraYesNoNoNoNo
2003 HrudayanjaliNoNoNoNoYesFinal film credit

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