Former ace Indian national level footballer I.M. Vijayan has been in Malyalam films for nearly 10 years. In Kaala Hiran, a documentary focused on him, he appeared as himself, and also in lead roles in films like Shantham and Aakashathile Paravakal.
When Jayaraj gave Vijayan the lead in Shantham, no one guessed the potential actor in him. Vijayan made his debut memorable as a spineless youngster, who runs away after killing his friend over a political issue. After the remarkable critical and commercial success of the movie, Vijayan went on to showcase his talent in hits like Aakashathile Paravakal, Quotation and the Tamil movie Thimiru, opposite Vishal.
After a hiatus, Vijayan hits the silver screen with another important role in his guru Jayaraj's new movie Gulmohar. The movie has Vijayan portraying an adivasi youth from Wayanad.
"'I still get some offers from Tamil movies. But since I still work with football, I have turned down roles that had nothing much to offer," says Vijayan.