Biopics are considered to be a sure-shot money-spinning formula. The frequency of biopics has increased multifold in the last 15 years, while several of them have tasted success solely because of the person involved.
A PAN India biopic is all set to stir a conversation across the country. Originally made in Kannada, Vijayanand is based on an entrepreneur and Padma Shree Awardee Vijay Sankeshwar. Besides the original language, the movie is all set to release in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam.
Who is Vijay Sankeshwar?
Vijay Sankeshwar is one of the pioneers of commercial vehicles in India. Sankeshwar is the chairman of the country’s largest logistics firm, the VRL Group. The group is most famous in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh for its commercial bus services.
Born in the Gadag district, of Karnataka, Sankeshwar began his career in 1966 at the age of 16. His first exposure to the world of business was through his family’s printing business. However, it was at the young age of 26 that Vijay Sankeshwar changed the fortunes of his family business and himself. He founded Vijayanand Roadlines in 1976, and the country’s first commercial service businesses were off to a great start. By the next 14 years, the company generated a profit of over Rs. 4 crores.
VRL was founded in Sankeshwar’s hometown Gadag. After tasting the initial success, it soon spread to the bigger cities such as Bengaluru, Hubli, and Belgaum. VRL is the country’s largest fleet owner of commercial vehicles. The company has over 5111 vehicles, 295 passenger vehicles, and over 4800 goods vehicles.
Besides owning a successful commercial vehicle business, Sankeshwar also owns a news channel, Digvijay 24X7, and a Kannada newspaper called Vijay Vani. Vijay Sankeshwar has also been active in politics, once a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Sankeshwar later joined the Karnataka Janata Paksha, an ally of the BJP. He has also served as a member of Parliament from the North Dharwad constituency of Karnataka.