Vijay (actor)

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Vijay at Hosur in October 2012
Born Vijay Chandrasekhar[1]
(1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 40)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names IlayaThalapathy
Alma mater Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation Film actor, playback singer, film producer, philanthropist
Years active 1992–present
Religion Indian[2]
  • Sangeeta Sornalingam
Children Sanjay
Relatives Vikranth

Vijay (born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar on 22 June 1974)[3] is an Indian actor, playback singer and producer, who works in the Tamil film industry. Son of film director and producer S. A. Chandrasekhar, he started his career as a child actor in the movie Vetri and later made his debut as a lead actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu both of which were directed by his father. He launched the Vijay Makkal Iyakkam, a social welfare organisation in 2009. Vijay was listed #49 in Forbes India's "Celebrity 100 List" for the year 2013 and improved to #41 in the "2014 celebrity 100" list.[4][5]

Early life

Vijay was born in Chennai to S. A. Chandrasekhar, a film producer and director, and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a playback singer. He had a sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar who died at the age of two. Vijay went on to study visual communications at Loyola College, Chennai.



During his childhood, Vijay performed in a number of minor roles with Vijayakanth directed by his father. He debuted as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father and he co-starred with Vijayakanth in his second film Sendhoorapandi. He had roles in films like Rasigan, Deva, and Rajavin Parvaiyile where he co-starred with another leading actor Ajith Kumar, who played supporting role in that film. He further went on to act in the romantic comedy Vishnu and romantic tragedy Chandralekha later. In early 1995, he starred in Coimbatore Mappillai a romantic comedy film.


His next film was the Vikraman directed Poove Unakkaga which was his first commercial success and made him a recognizable star.[6] Vijay's tenth film Vasantha Vasal was followed by the action flicks Maanbumigu Maanavan and Selva and the romantic film Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen. In 1997 Vijay acted in the commercially successful movies Love Today and Once More,where he co-starred with the Tamil film actor Sivaji Ganesan and actress Simran, and in the Mani Ratnam produced successful movie Nerukku Ner,directed by Vasanth.Kadhalukku Mariyadhai,directed by Fazil,earned Vijay a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. In 1998, Vijay worked in the movies Ninaithen Vandhai and Priyamudan and Nilaave Vaa. In 1999 Vijay acted in the commercially successful Thulladha Manamum Thullum with Simran,earned Vijay a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film.[7] This was followed by Endrendrum Kadhal,Nenjinile and the K.S.Ravikumar directed Minsara Kanna.

From the start of the new millennium Vijay began to commit to entertaining and commercial ventures, which marked a change in his trend. In 2000 he performed in Kannukkul Nilavu,Kushi, and the romantic movie Priyamanavale, Kushi and Priyamanavale. His 2001 romantic comedy film Friends was directed by Siddique and featured him in the leading role alongside Suriya. Vijay also worked in Badri, an action film remake of the Telugu film Thammudu, and the romantic movie Shahjahan.In 2002, he starred in action film Thamizhan alongside Priyanka Chopra who made her acting debut in that film before her establishment as a leading Bollywood actress. The movie was also a box office hit.[8][9] Later, he featured in the romantic film Youth and action film Bagavathi. Vijay began 2003 with the films Vaseegara and Pudhiya Geethai.


In late 2003, Vijay transformed from a romantic hero to an action hero with the action-romance flick,Thirumalai,co-starring Jyothika directed by debutant Ramana and produced by K.Balachander's Kavithalaya Productions, which featured him in a new look. Thirumalai was a turning point in Vijay's career.[10] Udhaya, a film which began filming in 2002 but became delayed, was released at the start of 2004. Ghilli, a remake of the Telugu film Okkadu was released next in 2004, and completed 200 days in theatres in Tamil Nadu. Directed by S. Dharani and produced by A. M. Rathnam, it co-starred Trisha and Prakash Raj.[11]

It was followed by Madhurey, directed by Ramana Madhesh. In 2005, he starred in the Perarasu directed action film Thirupaachi, followed by a guest appearance in Sukran, the romantic comedy Sachien co-starring Genelia directed by John Mahendran, and commercially successful movie Sivakasi co-starring Asin, which was directed again by Perarasu. His next film Aadhi was produced by his father S. A. Chandrasekhar and directed by Ramana again released in 2006. In early 2007, Vijay starred in the gangster film Pokkiri, the remake of the another Telugu film of the same name. Directed by Prabhu Deva, it became the third highest grossing Tamil film of 2007. Vijay's character in the film, a reprisal of Mahesh Babu's role in the original, was well received by critics.[12][13]


In late 2007, Vijay starred in the extrasensory perception thriller film Azhagiya Thamizh Magan, and for the first time in his career, he appeared in dual roles as both the antagonist and protagonist. The film was moderate success at the boxofice, despite the initial hype and expectations. In 2008, he starred in the action film Kuruvi, again under Dharani's direction, which was average at box office produced by Red Giant Movies. The year 2009 started off with the action film Villu, in which Vijay teamed up with Prabhu Deva after the successful Pokkiri.The movie released to above average reviews.But,the actor's next film Vettaikaaran which was directed by Babu Sivan, produced by AVM Productions and distributed by Sun Pictures became one of the highest grossing Tamil film of 2009. In 2010, he acted in his 50th film, Sura, also distributed by Sun Pictures.Sura released amidst huge fanfare and expectations, but did not do well at the boxoffice.


Actor Vijay in February 2014

In early 2011 he associated with director Siddique again, for the romantic drama Kaavalan, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Bodyguard also co-starring Asin. It received a positive response from both viewers and critics.[14] The movie was screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival in China.[15] During Diwali the same year, his next film, the action film Velayudham directed by M. Raja and produced by Venu Ravichandran was released.[16] Velayudham became one of the top grossing films of 2011.[17]

His next release was Nanban, the Tamil remake of the Bollywood film 3 Idiots, where he played the role which was played by Aamir Khan in the original. Directed by S. Shankar, it was released during the Pongal weekend of 2012 and emerged a major financial success. Vijay's performance in the film was praised by critics, including by leading Indian actor Kamal Haasan.[18] Nanban went on to complete 100 days of theatrical run,.[19][20][21] He made a special appearance in the 2012 Bollywood film Rowdy Rathore starring Akshay Kumar, directed by Prabhu Deva.[22]

His film, the action thriller Thuppakki, directed by A. R. Murugadoss and produced by S. Dhanu, was released at Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews.[23] Thuppakki was declared as a blockbuster.[24] The film became the third Tamil film to enter the INR1 billion (US$16 million) club after Sivaji (2007), and Enthiran (2010).[25] Eros International announced that Thuppakki made a domestic net collection of INR1.8 billion (US$28 million).[26] His next film Thalaivaa, directed by A. L. Vijay, was released on 9 August 2013 worldwide to positive reviews from critics and audience[27] Jilla, co-starring Kajal Aggarwal and Mohanlal, and directed by R. T. Neason, was released on a Pongal weekend in 2014.[28][29][30]

He again worked with AR Murugadoss in the action thriller movie Kaththi, co-starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu and produced by Ayngaran International, which was released on Diwali 2014.[31] It was the highest grossing Tamil film of 2014.[32][33]

Currently he is working on a big budget fantasy film Puli which is produced by T Shibu of Thameens Films under the banner SKT Studios[34] and directed by Chimbudevan co-starring Shruti Haasan and Hansika Motwani[35] along with actress Sridevi[36][37]

Personal life


Vijay married Sangeetha Sornalingam of Sri Lankan Tamil descent on 25 August 1999.[38] They have two children, a son Sanjay born in 2000 in London,[39] and a daughter Divya born in 2005 in Chennai. His son's name was a combination of the names Sangeetha and Vijay in which the first three letters of Sangeetha was taken and the last three letters of Vijay was taken. Also, his daughter's name Divya is derived from the name of his late sister, Vidya.

His cousin Vikranth is an actor. His uncle S. N. Surendar is a playback singer and dubbing artist.

Brand endorsement

In the year 2002, Vijay appeared as Coca Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu.[40][41] He acted in a variety of South Indian Coca Cola advertisements, along with Katrina Kaif. In 2008, Vijay was signed up as the star ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings, along with actress Nayanthara.[42] In January 2009, Vijay was approached as the brand ambassador for Coca Cola products.[43] As of August 2010, Vijay was signed by Jos Alukkas as their brand ambassador for Tamil Nadu and Kerala.[44] The Jos Alukkas advertisement featuring Vijay and his mother Shoba is an extremely famous one in Tamil Nadu . Vijay also signed for Tata Docomo, who will be seen for the first time for an Ad with Tata Docomo.[45]


Vijay started a social welfare organisation Vijay Makkal Iyakkam which was officially launched at Pudukottai on 26 July 2009.His Makkal Iyakkam is responsible for most of the philanthropic activities conducted by the star. After Cyclone Thane his Makkal Mandram administrators arranged for a relief camp at Kammiyampettai, Cuddalore where the star provided rice to the affected people. Cuddalore was the worst affected area in floods and Vijay reached out to help these people out by rendering some assistance. The area in which the camp happened soon wore a festive look with thousands of people gathering to catch a glimpse of their favorite star.[46] Vijay has appeared along with Suriya, R. Madhavan and Jyothika in a short commercial video about child poverty, labour and lack of education, titled Herova? Zerova? produced by Surya in an effort to eliminate children who drop out of school at an early age, made in association with Vishnuvardhan Induri the founder of CCL and the Ministry of Education of Tamil Nadu[47]. The Ilayathalapathy Vijay Educational Awards 2012 was conducted at JS Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai on 8 July 2012 by his Vijay Makkal Iyakkam to honour the students topped in 2012 SSLC and 12th board exams and the awards were distributed by Vijay himself. On his every birthday, Vijay presents golden rings to the new born babies at the Egmore Government General Hospital.[48]


As child actor

# Year Film Role Notes
1 1984 Vetri Child actor
2 Kudumbam Child actor
3 1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Child actor
4 1986 Vasantha Raagam Child actor
5 1987 Sattam Oru Vilayaattu Child actor
6 1988 Ithu Engal Neethi Child actor


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
# Year Film Role Notes
1 1992 Naalaiya Theerpu Vijay Cinema Express Award for New Face – Tamil
2 1993 Sendhoorapandi Vijay
3 1994 Rasigan Vijay
4 1995 Deva Deva
5 Rajavin Parvaiyile Raja
6 Vishnu Vishnu (Krishna)
7 Chandralekha Rahim
8 1996 Coimbatore Maapillai Balu
9 Poove Unakkaga Raja
10 Vasantha Vasal Vijay
11 Maanbumigu Maanavan Shiva
12 Selva Selvan
13 1997 Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen Kannan
14 Love Today Ganesh
15 Once More Vijay
16 Nerrukku Ner Vijay
17 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Jeevanandam Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
18 1998 Ninaithen Vandhai Gokulakrishnan
19 Priyamudan Vasanth
20 Nilaave Vaa Seluvai
21 1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Kutty
22 Endrendrum Kadhal Vijay
23 Nenjinile Karunakaran
24 Minsara Kanna Kannan (Kasi)
25 2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Gautham
26 Kushi Shiva
27 Priyamaanavale Vijay
28 2001 Friends Aravindhan
29 Badri Sribadrinathamoorthy Remake of the Telugu film Thammudu
30 Shahjahan Ashok
31 2002 Thamizhan Suriya
32 Youth Shiva Remake of the Telugu film Chiru Navvuto
33 Bhagavathi Bhagavathi
34 2003 Vaseegara Boopathy Remake of the Telugu film Nuvvu Naaku Nachav
35 Puthiya Geethai Sarathy
36 Thirumalai Thirumalai
37 2004 Udhaya Udhayakumaran
38 Ghilli Saravanavelu Remake of the Telugu film Okkadu
Dinakaran Best Actor Award
Film Today Best Actor Award
Madras Corporate Club Best Actor Award
39 Madhurey Maduravel
40 2005 Thirupachi Sivagiri Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor
41 Sukran Sukran Special appearance
42 Sachein Sachein Remake of the Telugu movie Neetho
43 Sivakasi Sivakasi (Muthappa)
44 2006 Aadhi Aadhi Remake of the Telugu film Athanokkade
45 2007 Pokkiri Tamizh (Sathyamoorthy) Remake of the Telugu Film Pokiri
Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year
Mathrubhumi Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil
Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
46 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Gurumoorthy,
Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year
47 2008 Kuruvi Vetrivel Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
48 2009 Villu Pugazh,
Major Saravanan
49 Vettaikaaran Ravi Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
50 2010 Sura Sura Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
51 2011 Kaavalan Bhoominathan Remake of the Malayalam film Bodyguard
52 Velayudham Velu (Velayudham) Edison Award for Best Actor
Superstar Rajini Award
Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
53 2012 Nanban Panchavan Parivendan (Kosaksi Pasapugazh) Remake of the Bollywood film 3 Idiots
Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year (also for Thuppakki)
Vikatan Award for Best Actor (also for Thuppakki)
54 Thuppakki Jagadish Dhanapal Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year
Vikatan Award for Best Actor
Techofes Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Edison Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chennai Times Film Award for Best Actor
55 2013 Thalaivaa Vishwa Ramadorai Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
Techofes Award for Favourite Actor
Gaana Awards for most popular song- Vangana Vanakangana
56 2014 Jilla Sakthi
57 Kaththi Kathiresan,
58 2015 Puli

Guest roles

# Year Film Role Notes
1 2008 Pandhayam Himself
2 2012 Rowdy Rathore Himself Remake of 2006 Telugu film Vikramarkudu

As playback singer

Vijay is a playback singer and has sung for composers like Ilaiyaraaja, Yuvan Shankar Raja , Harris Jayaraj , Deva , Vidyasagar, G. V. Prakash Kumar ,D. Imman, Anirudh Ravichandran and Devi Sri Prasad.[49] He sang most of his songs in films he acted and a few for fellow actors. His first song was "Bombay City" from Rasigan.[50] Later on he sang "Naa Dhum Adhikkura" for actor Suriya for the film Periyanna. He then sang "Vaadi Vaadi" in the film Sachein. After 7 years he sang "Google Google" for Harris Jayaraj for his film Thuppakki. He recently sung his 27th song Kandangi Kandangi in Jilla along with Shreya Ghoshal .[51] His 26th song, Vaanganna Vanakkanganna won the Gaana award for the most popular Tamil song.

Year Song Title Film Composer Co-Singer Note
1994 Bombay City Sukkha Rotti Rasigan Deva
1995 Oru Kaditham Deva Deva S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
1995 Aiyaiyoo Alamelu Deva
1995 Kottagiri Kuppamma Deva Swarnalatha, Manorama
1995 Thottabettaa Rottu Melae Vishnu Deva
1996 Bombay Party Shilpa Shetty Coimbatore Mappillai Vidyasagar
1996 Thiruppathy Ponaa Mottai Maanbumigu Maanavan Deva
1996 Chicken Karae Selva Sirpy
1997 Anjaam Number Bussil Yeri Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen Deva
1997 Oormilaa Oormilaa Once More Deva
1997 Akhila Akhila Nerrukku Ner Deva Annupamaa
1997 Oh Baby Baby Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Ilayaraja
1998 Tic-Tic-Tic Thulli Thirintha Kaalam Jayanth Unnikrishnan, Sujatha Mohan[52] A Plethoric Carnatic Singing
1998 Mowriya Mowriya Priyamudan Deva
1998 Kaalathuketha Oru Gana Velai Yuvan Shankar Raja Nassar, Premji Amaren
1998 Nilave... Nilave Nilaave Vaa Vidyasagar Anuradha Sriram
1998 Chandira Mandalathai Vidyasagar Harini, S. P. B. Charan
1999 Thammadikkira Styla Pathu Periyanna S. Bharani
1999 Juddadi Laila S. Bharani
1999 Roadula Oru S. Bharani
1999 Thanganirathuku Nenjinile Deva Swarnalatha
2000 Mississippi Nadhi Kulunga Priyamanavale S. A. Rajkumar Anuradha Sriram
2001 Ennoda Laila Badri Ramana Gogula
2002 Ullathai Killadhae Thamizhan D. Imman Priyanka Chopra
2002 Coca Cola Bagavathi Deva Vadivelu
2005 Vaadi Vaadi Sachein Devi Sri Prasad
2012 Google Google Thuppakki Harris Jayaraj Andrea Jeremiah Vijay Award for Favourite Song
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer
2013 Vaanganna Vanakkanganna Thalaivaa G. V. Prakash Kumar Santhanam
2014 Kandangi Kandangi[53] Jilla D. Imman Shreya Ghoshal
2014 Selfie Pulla Kaththi Anirudh Ravichander Sunidhi Chauhan

Awards and honours

Vijay awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Vijay Awards
6 11
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
3 3
Filmfare Awards
Edison Awards
2 3
14 12
Awards won 25
Nominations 33


Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
1998 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Best Actor Won
2000 MGR Award Won
2005 Thirupaachi Best Actor (Special Award) Won

Vijay Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2006 Superstar of Tomorrow Won
2007 Pokkiri/Azhagiya Tamil Magan Entertainer of the Year Won
2007 Pokkiri Favourite Hero Nominated
2008 Kuruvi Favourite Hero Nominated
2009 Vettaikaaran Favourite Hero Won
2010 Sura Favourite Hero Nominated
2011 Velayudham Favourite Hero Nominated
2012 Nanban / Thuppakki Entertainer of the Year Won
2012 Thuppakki Favourite Hero Won
2012 Best Actor Nominated
2013 Thalaivaa Favourite Hero Won

Filmfare Awards South

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Pokkiri Best Actor Nominated
2012 Thuppakki Best Actor Nominated

South Indian International Movie Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Thuppakki Best Actor Nominated
2012 ThuppakkiGoogle Google Song Best Male Playback Singer Nominated

Edison Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 Velayudham Best Actor Won
2011 Super Star Rajni Award Won
2012 Thuppakki Best Actor Nominated

Other awards



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