Meet Vinni Fernandes - Versatile Cine Artiste from Mangalore

Sep 6, 2009

Vinni Fernandes is a much-acclaimed cine, small screen and drama artiste, who has donned creative roles in four different languages, Kannada, Tulu, Konkani and Beary. Apart from acting in three much-acclaimed films, Haseena, Nayi Neralu and Gulabi Talkies that have won national and international awards, she has acted in a number of Kannada movies like Encounter Daya Nayak, Swatantra Palya, Sarkassu, Olave Jeevana Lekkachara, Maunaraga, Holidays, Antharatma, Idu Chakravuya etc., several of which have not only won awards but have also brought fame for her.

Vinni, who is a native of Kulshekhar and presently settled in Vamanjoor here, had the immense desire to exhibit her latent talent on stage. She is the eldest of the five children of Joseph Rego from Kulshekhar here. In younger days, she was known for her fluent dialogue delivery, acting skills, melodious singing and fluid dancing skills. In spite of the discouragement she faced for her endeavours from her conservative family, which was in tune with the general scorn with which the theatre activities were looked down upon by the society at large then, she stoutly stood her ground and succeeded in entering the theatre, by becoming a member of the 'Tulunadu' drama troupe of Kemtoor Doddanna Shetty. She was part of Shetty's troupe for two years, before taking part in some of the plays of Kasargod Chinna's troupe. A few of her erstwhile Tulu plays that are worth mentioning, are 'Devere Gati' and 'Mamigonji Marmal'.

Vinni recalls that the artistes of a drama troupe used to live like a family then, doing other chores along with acting, like writing of posters, cooking, managing the cash counters and filling up the gap of instrumentalists if any one among them remained absent.

At this juncture, Vinni got married and busily got involved with family affairs. Once her two children, Pratap and Pratibha, entered high school, Vinni got time to give vent to her desire to exhibit her talent. Vinni is grateful to Kannada film director Rajendra Singh Babu, who instantly agreed to cast her, as soon as she met him, when he had visited the city for filming 'Encounter Daya Nayak' movie. She recollects that Girish Kasaravalli had said to her, that she is a lucky charm for him, as all the three movies for which he had cast her, have won national and international recognition. "If Kasaravalli makes a film, I am sure to bag a role," the actress of 20-odd movies, says confidently.

The memorable roles of Vinni include that of of a 'Koravanji' she donned in 'Encounter Daya Nayak', neighbourer of the heroine in 'Haseena', mother-in-law of the friend of heroine in 'Nayi Neralu' and several others.

Vinni acted in Tulu movies, Kadala Mage, Badi and Gaggara besides Kajar, a Konkani film. She also exhibited her abundant talent through the roles she has played in Tulu, Kannada and Konkani plays, tele-series, tele-films, advertisements, in addition to proving her extraordinary talents through mono-acting performances and as an orchestra singer of Naushad Group. Vinni has acted in a Tulu tele-film, 'Jokulatike', Byari tele-film, 'Sandola' and ' Nangale Kudumba', in addition to Kannada tele-film, 'Guddada Mane. She was also part of the Tulu album, 'Mokeda Magal'. Her forthcoming movies include Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Bannada Baguri, Tare, Nirdeshaka, Paper Doni etc., Her two Tulu movies and a Tulu soap are also in the making.

Vinni has acted in the Tulu plays of Kemtoor doddanna Shetty and as an artiste of 'Rangamilana' troupe of Kasargod Chinna. She was also a part of 'Mooru Muthu' troupe. She has been a singer in Naushad group too.

Recognizing the eminence of Vinni, she was given the membership of Ashraya scheme committee by the government. Vinni says, she has been actively involved with political activities since the last two decades. Her enthusiasm, hard work, dedication and perseverance need to be emulated by the present-day youth.

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Comment on this article

  • lambo matan stall buraeda, mangalore

    Sat, Sep 12 2009

    I congratulate vini bahi,to get good chances in films and dramas good parts to act.I pray god to give u good future in your of luck. " nene bare beleyo actress "

  • Lyvia, Vamanjoor/Dubai

    Sat, Sep 12 2009

    Congratulations Vinny aunty!!! It feels really great to read about your talents here.. Hope to see you on National television someday in near future.. I know u r a very hardworking lady and I''m sure your hard work will bring u lots of success.. Keep it going .. We all at home wish u good luck for all your future endeavours..

  • Molly Miranda, Kulshekar/Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 11 2009

    Congrajulations Winnie.Let the Blessed Marys grace come to you.Since childhood you r brave indeed.God Bless You

  • Dheeraj Pawar, Bangalore/ Australia

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    Hello Vinni aunty, its so nice to read about you on the internet, makes me equally proud as Prathap, its so nice to see that people appreciate what you have achieved, just goes to show that you can do whatever you want to, only thing you need is determination and zeal to go ahead, congratulations and all the best for your future movies, kind regards, Dheeraj

  • reshma roshani monteiro, santhosh nagar/vamanjoor

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    Congratulations Aunty !! I am feeling very happy to say you are my classmate''s Mom & our neighbour. Good luck Vinny Aunty for your future endeavours. We all wish you a success & god''s blessings in your work. Mom, Jessy, Raja, Laveena also wished you a great success in your life.

  • Shrinath Shet, Oman

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    Dear Vinni Aunty,its nice to read about YOu in net.I still remember the moments of a movie shooting held 4 years ago in which I acted together with you, Diganth, Saritha, etc...Good Luck aunty. Regards.

  • prathap fernandes, mangalore/australia

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    Congrats MOM... i''m so very proud of your talent and bleassed to have a mother and a friend like make us all proud.. You have given youth a new hope,hope to succeed and work towards our life goals and never to give up...''U Inspire US'' May Infant Jesus bless you with loads og joy and good health for years to come misss u love loads prathap

  • Maxim Pereira, GLORIOUS, Angelore/Dubai

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    Dear Vinibai wish you all the success.

  • Roopa Lobo, Vamanjoor/Sharjah

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    Congratulations Aunty. We are really proud of you. All the very best and may the almighty God bless you and your family.

  • jokim herald pashan, shaktinagar

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    I congratulate vini bahi,to get good chances in films and dramas good parts to act.I pray god to give u good future in your of luck.

  • Rons Bantwal, Mumbai

    Tue, Sep 08 2009

    Vinni Bahi Konkni Samajentli Apoorbhai. Akhyi Samaj Olkoh Boren Zaith Labovn Tuka. Rons Bantwal

  • Priya Fernandes, Vamanjoor/ Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congratulations Aunty !! I am surprised !! Feeling very good and proud to say you are my classmate''s Mother. Good luck for your future endeavours...will surely watch your all movies !!

  • Molly, Kuleshakar (Bellore)

    Mon, Sep 07 2009

    Congratulations Vinni, I remember you as a kid and acting in small local dramas. One thing I always noticed is your strong determination to succeed and do well in life. I am very happy that your efforts are rewarded now. Keep up the good work and God bless you always.

  • veena coelho, vamanjoor/mangalore

    Sun, Sep 06 2009

    hi... vinni aunty,nice to see your snap in daijiworld, HATS OFF TO YOU Dear aunty...i really feel pround of you the way you come up."YOUR SUPER TALENTED LADY" I wish you all the best and bless you contineed success in all your future.....

  • Verita Miranda, Vamanjoor/Canada

    Sun, Sep 06 2009

    Welldone and Congratulations for acheiving fame in your life.I really surprized by seeing your photo ,''this is Prathap''s mummy'',then I read your article, HATS OFF TO YOU aunty.I feel very happy for you. Keep Up Your Good Work Of Acting.May God Bless You .Aunty if u read this msg,pls convey my regards to Prathap.and give my

  • wilfred.maxim.d''souza, kulshekar/saudi-arabia

    Sun, Sep 06 2009

    congratulations to daijiworld in taking this wonderful task in bringing to light the hidden talented men and women and i am really proud to see the wonderful lady mrs.vinni fernandes who as per my knowledge has gone through very hard life in her childhood days and i wish her all the best and may the almighty god bless her and her family.

  • Rajesh Sequeira, Kulshekar, Dubai

    Sun, Sep 06 2009

    Congratulations Vinni nice to read the article yours I feel really proud of you the way you have come up.All the best you talents and your hardwork has proven success.

  • Juliet Mascarenhas, Bejai/Mangalore

    Sun, Sep 06 2009

    We have many hidden talented women in our society which are brought out to light by Daijiworld. Thanks for introducing this lady vinnie Fernandes tho''eminent but unknown to many.

  • Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston, Tx

    Sun, Sep 06 2009

    What a nice success story of Lady Vinni Fernandes. This is the first time we have heard about her. Thanks to Daijiworld for opening a new window of publicity for Vinni and her dramatic and cine achievements. We wish her best of continued success in all her future endeavours.

  • Ramesh Jogi, Kulshekar

    Sun, Sep 06 2009

    We wish you all the best and god bless you

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