Prime News, Karnataka, Sandalwood, Cinema, Bengaluru, June 15:- National award-winning Kannada actor ‘Sanchari’ Vijay, who was hospitalised following a road accident on Saturday (June 12), breathed his last at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Tuesday (June 15) at 3:34 am. He was 38.
After undergoing a surgery for brain hemorrhage, doctors said Vijay had brain failure. His family subsequently decided to donate his organs.
People including artistes of Kannada industry and various theatre troupes paid their last respects Vijay whose mortal remains was kept at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bengaluru. His last rites will be held at his birth place Panchanahalli in Kadur taluk of Chikmagaluru district, with full state honours.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on his Twitter handle appreciated Vijay’s family for donating his organs. “National Award winning actor Sanchari Vijay’s funeral will be held with full state police honours. With my condolences, I also express my gratitude to his family, who donated his organs,” tweeted Chief Minister’s Office.
“Vijay’s apnea tests were performed at 12.25 pm and 7.50 pm today (Monday) and were found to be positive. This means that there is irreversible complete damage to the brain. The next step is the retrieval of organs and then transplant procedures will follow,” the hospital had said in a bulletin.
Vijay was part of a popular theatre troupe called Sanchari before he tried his luck in movies. He debuted in 2011 with the film, Rangappa Hogbitna. He was first noted for his role in Oggarane, which was directed by Prakash Raj. Following this, Vijay landed the lead role in “Naanu Avanalla…Avalu.” The title of the film translates to ‘I am not a he, I am a she.’ Naanu Avanalla…Avalu showed the everyday hostility faced by the transgender community. Vijay played the role of a transgender woman, who is stigmatised, abused and exploited by a highly prejudiced society. His performance earned him his first National Award for acting.
Vijay’s other notable films include Varthamana, Krishna Tulasi and Aduva Gombe. Sanchari was last seen in ACT 1978, which emerged as a critical success. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)