Vijay (actor)

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Ilayathalapathy vijay, at hosur, oct28th2012.jpg
Vijay at Hosur in October 2012
Born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar[1]
(1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 40)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Ilaya Thalapathy
Alma mater Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation Film actor, playback singer, film producer, philanthropist
Years active 1992–present
Religion Indian[2]
  • Sangeeta Sornalingam
Children Jason Sanjay
Divya Saasha
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 a film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a playback singer. He had a sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar who died at the age of two. Vijay went on to do 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 did Kannukkul Nilavu with Fazil which was a boxoffice success,Kushi,a romantic comedy co-starring Jyothika and directed by S. J. Suryah, and the romantic movie Priyamanavale, co-starring Simran.Kushi and Priyamanavale was one among the most commercially successful films of 2000[citation needed]. His 2001 romantic comedy film Friends was directed by Siddique and featured him in the leading role alongside Suriya.The film was the most commercially successful film of 2001[citation needed].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 and was a box office blockbuster.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 became Vijay's biggest blockbuster at the time completing 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,a bockbuster movie directed by Ramana Madhesh. In 2005, he starred in the Perarasu directed action film Thirupaachi which was a boxoffice blocbuster, followed by a guest appearance in Sukran, the romantic comedy successful movie 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 a box office blockbuster and 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 the start of 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 and was deemed to be a box office super hit and completed its 100 days run.[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 released and was a box office blockbuster and completed 100 days run.[16] Velayudham became one of the top grossing films of 2011.[17]

His next release was Nanban,the Tamil remake of the Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots, where he essayed the role played by Aamir Khan in the original. Directed by acclaimed director S. Shankar, it 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] making it the biggest blockbuster in Vijay's career.[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, released on Diwali 2012 to mostly positive reviews and was a huge commercial success across the globe.[23] Thuppakki was declared as a blockbuster.[24] The film became third in Tamil cinema to enter the INR1 billion (US$16 million) club after Sivaji (2007), and Enthiran (2010), making it the next biggest blockbuster in Vijay's career.[25] Eros International announced that Thuppakki made a domestic nett collection of INR1.8 billion (US$28 million).[26] His Next Film Thalaivaa directed by A. L. Vijay released on 9 August 2013 worldwide to positive reviews from critics and audience.[27] His latest film Jilla co-starring Kajal Aggarwal alongside Mohanlal,directed by debutante R. T. Neason, who was an assistant director at Velayudham.[28] and produced by Super Good Films released on a Pongal weekend in 2014 and became a major commercial success running over 100 days and was Vijay’s second biggest theatrical earner after Thuppakki.[29][30]

He again worked with Murugadoss for a second time in the action thriller movie Kaththi,co-starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu. The film released for Diwali 2014. Currently he is working on an untitled big budget fantasy film directed by Chimbudevan in which Shruti Haasan is paired opposite Vijay.[31] Popular actress Sridevi would also star in a supporting role.[32] while Naan Ee fame Sudeep as the antagonist and Devi Sri Prasad will be scoring the music for the film.[33]

Personal life


Vijay married Sangeetha Sornalingam of Sri Lankan Tamil descent on 25 August 1999.[34] They have two children, a son Sanjay born in 2000 in London,[35] 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. Surender is a playback singer and dubbing artist.

Brand endorsement

In the year 2002, Vijay appeared as Coca Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu.[36][37] 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.[38] In January 2009, Vijay was approached as the brand ambassador for Coca Cola products.[39] As of August 2010, Vijay was signed by Jos Alukkas as their brand ambassador for Tamil Nadu and Kerala.[40] 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.[41]


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 function at Kammiyampettai, Cuddalore where the star distributed five kilos of 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 function happened soon wore a festive look with thousands of people gathering to catch a glimpse of their favorite star.[42] 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[43]. 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.[44]


Main article: Vijay filmography

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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