Vinod Raj is a Kannada film actor, who is widely recognized and illustrious for his dancing skills. He has acted along with various major co-stars like Arjun Sarja, Ramesh Arvind, Srinivas Murthy in his short film career and is choosy in selecting films, he also likes to experiment in his roles..
He has recently depicted his singing skills through his latest album Bhaktanjali, which is a Devotional Album. He has also sung some songs in his movies. He had once asserted that Michael Jackson as his inspiration for both singing and dancing.
Renowned Actor, Producer Dwarkish introduced him to the Film Industry. In his first two films, he acted under Dwarkish Chitra, and later he acted several movies in his home banner. His dances in Dance Raja Dance is popular in YouTube, which was also used in video game Grand Theft Auto:III. Apart from which, he even acted under various producers too.
Many artists of his time had moved on to other language films. Even Vinod Raj was called by K. Balachander to act in other language films. But, he had rejected the offer.
He, along with his mother Dr.Leelavathi, has been involved in many charitable works. He was the only actor to donate for TV9 Kannada's Flood relief fund. He also joined Anna Hazare's movement supporting Jan Lokpal Bill against corruption. They have build a hospital near Nelamangala.
Dance Raja Dance
College Hero - With Abhijith
Nanagu Hendti Beku
Captain - With Charan Raj
Bombat Raja Bandal Rani - With Priyanka
Banni Ondsala Nodi - With Tara, Dheerendra Gopal
Gili Bete - With Venki
Bombat Raja Bandal Rani
Ramba Rajyadalli Rowdy - With Shruthi
Mahabharatha - With Darshan, Charan Raj
Raajanna - With Shashi Kumar, Srinivas Murthy
Bhrama Vishnu - With Charan Raj
Sneha Loka - With Ramesh Arvind, Ramkumar
Sri Manjunatha - Kannada/Telugu - With Arjun Sarja, Kumar Govind
Rastrageethe - With Saikumar(Dialogue King)
Vande maatharam - With Ambreesh
Pandava - With Chi Guru Dutt, Charan Raj
Dalavayi - With B.C. Patil
Namma Samsara Ananda Sagara - With Kumar Govind
Shree Venkateshwara Mahime(1988) - With Anant Nag
Dr M Leelavathi
Since from 50 years Dr.M.Leelavathi acted in nearly 550 films. Other than Kannada she acted in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Tulu language films with all prominent stars like Dr.Rajkumar, N.T.Rama Rao, Shivaji Ganeshan and Chiranjeevi.
Dr.M.Leelavathi hails from South Kanara Dist., Karnataka, entered films through professional theatre group headed by veteran artist late. Subbaiah Naidu, after completing a
Veteran artist Dr.M.Leelavathi has her own unique style of acting and has won hearts of Kannada film fans. From heroine to “Amma” she portrayed varities of roles in her acting career.
Dr.M.Leelavathi won national awards for 2 times for her performance in “Maduve Maddi Nodu” and “Santha Thukaram” and she won state awards for 6 times for films “Thumbida Koda”, “Mahatyaga”,”Bhakta Kumbara”,”Sipayi Ramu” and “Gejje Pooje”. Also she won the best supporting artist Film Fare award for her performance in “Kannadada Kanda”. As a producer she produced films called “College Hero”,“Nanjunda", "Kannadada Kanda“ and “Shukra“ with her son dance king Vinod Raj in main lead under her own banner Leelavathi Combines.
Apart from acting profession Dr.M.Leelavathi being a lover of agricultural activities took up farming in her own farmlands near Soladevanahalli and Nelamangala near Bangalore city. Also she is involved in social activities and being lover of animals. She built a Veterinary hospital and a hospital for village public in Soladevanahalli
Smt.M.Leelavathi received the honorary DOCTORATE on January 9, 2009 at the convocation of the Tumkur University. On hearing the news of honorary doctorate to Leelavathi, the Kannada Film Producers Association headed by President KCN Chandrasekhar honored the actress cum producer Leelavathi at her office in Gandhinagar for the prestigious honor. Noted Hindustani singer Shymala G Bhave, producers Praveen Kumar, Kannada Somu, Ganesh, Umesh Banakar and others were present at the simple felicitation.