Stunt Master Vinod Kumar grateful for Darshan's encouragement
He is currently choreographing stunts with the actor for Inspector Vikram
Stunt master Vinod Kumar is currently choreographing stunts for Inspector Vikram featuring Darshan, who makes a guest appearance in the film. Only a few know that the seasoned stunt director’s equation with the actor goes back many years.
Before turning stunt director, Vinod started as a fight master at the age of 19. He was introduced to this field by KD Venkatesh, whom he considers his guru and godfather. “Of the 16 years of my career, I have worked as fighter for seven years. I later assisted my master for three years before I became a stunt choreographer,” he says.
Vinod has primarily worked in Kannada films with his first individual project being the Duniya Vijay-starrer, Jayamanna Maga. Incidentally, he has mostly associated with Darshan till date. “Darshan sir and I have worked together in 10 films. He’s a humble human being and actor. He has always stood up for his people, and encourages local talent. I consider it a blessing to be associating with him,” he says.
With the changing scenario in the film industry, Vinod understands a film’s concept in addition to the actor’s strengths. “Cinema is a director’s vision, and I make it a point to understand the thought-process of the filmmaker based on which I choreograph the stunts,” he says.