Inivalappil Mani Vijayan

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Inivalappil Mani Vijayan

Born: 25 April 1969

  • He, popularly known as Kalo Harin (Black Buck), is a former professional Indian football player.
  • Playing in the striker position, he formed a successful attacking partnership with Bhaichung Bhutia for the Indian national team in the late nineties and early 2000s.
  • He was crowned Indian Player of the Year in 1993, 1997 and 1999, the first player to win the award multiple times.
  • He was also awarded the Arjuna award in 2003.
  • A biographical film, titled Kalo Hiran and directed by Cherian Joseph, was released in 1998.
  • The title translates as black buck and is a reference to Vijayan’s popular nickname during his playing days.
  • After retiring from football, he started his acting career.
  • His debut was through playing the lead role in the film Shantham, directed by Jayaraj.
  • Later on, he went to act more than 20 films, in Malayalam & Tamil.

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