Kannada actor Sanchari Vijay is on cloud nine after winning the National Award for Best Actor in a lead role. Talking to the media after the list of winners were announced, Vijay said he was shocked since he didn’t expect to the win against stalwarts like Aamir Khan (PK) and Shahid Kapoor (Haider).
“I am shocked. I didn’t expect the award. I never expected the award as stalwarts including Aamir Khan and Shahid Kapoor were also in the race.” said Vijay.
He won the award for his performance as a transgender in the Kannada film ‘Naanu Avanalla Avalu’.
“Spending a few days with transgender people helped me in developing my character in Naanu Avanalla Avalu” he added.
Here’s a brief introduction of Vijay to those who haven’t heard of him. Via Wikipedia:
Sanchari Vijay is an Indian film actor in Kannada cinema. He started out as a theatre artist from “Sanchari”, a culture centre and unique theatre, which is also popular as an elegant drama troupe.
Vijay won the 2014 National Film Award for Best Actor for the transgender role in the film Naanu Avanalla, Avalu. Similarly Harivu, another Vijay film, won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film for Kannada language.