Vijay (actor)

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Vijay at Hosur in October 2012
Born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
(1974-06-22) 22 June 1974 (age 39)[1]
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma mater Loyola College, Chennai
Occupation Film actor, playback singer, dancer, producer, model
Years active 1992–present
  • Sangeeta Sornalingam
Children Jason Sanjay
Divya Saasha
Relatives Vikranth

Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar (born 22 June 1974, simply known as Vijay) 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 and later made his debut as a lead actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu.

He launched the Vijay Makkal Iyakkam, a social welfare organisation in 2009.

Early life

Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on 22 June 1974, to 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 but dropped out of the college. His nephew Vikranth is an actor. His uncle SN Surender is an playback singer and dubbing artist.[2]



During his childhood, Vijay performed in more number of minor roles with Vijayakanth directed by his father. Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father.[3] After a few other films, he co-starred with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. After films like Rasigan and Deva, In his fifth film Rajavin Parvaiyile in 1993, he co-starred with another leading actor Ajith Kumar, who played supporting role in that film.Rajavin Parvaiyile is a fifth film for both the superstars. 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 Vijay a recognizable star.[4] 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,Once More, where he co-starred with the legendary Tamil film actor Sivaji Ganesan and leading actress Simran, the Mani Ratnam-produced Nerukku Ner, directed by Vasanth, where he co-starred with another leading actor Suriya who made his debut in that film and the romantic drama Kadhalukku Mariyadhai,co-starring Shalini Kumar which was directed by Fazil and earned him a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. In 1998, Vijay worked in romantic films Ninaithen Vandhai, Priyamudan which was his first negative role, and Nilaave Vaa. In 1999 Vijay acted in the successful Thulladha Manamum Thullum again with Simran. 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. His next venture Kushi, a romantic comedy co-starring Jyothika was directed by S. J. Suryah and became a box office hit. At the end of the year, he acted in a romantic drama, Priyamanavale, which was also a box office hit. His 2001 romantic comedy film Friends was directed by Siddique and featured him in the leading role alongside Suriya again, this film topped the years box office and became a blockbuster. Followed by Badri an action–drama film which was the remake of the Telugu film Thammudu a super hit and Shahjahan, a romantic drama film which was moderately successful at the box office. In 2002, he starred in Thamizhan alongside Priyanka Chopra who made her acting debut in that film before her establishment as the leading Bollywood actress. The film was a box office hit, giving Vijay his only hit film of the that time.[5][6] Later, he featured in the romantic drama Youth and action drama Bagavathi there by rounded off the year with 1 hit and 2 average successes. Vijay began 2003 with the films Vaseegara and Pudhiya Geethai, both failures at the box office.


In late 2003, Vijay transformed from a romantic hero to an action hero with the action-romance flick, Thirumalai opposite to 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 hit. Thirumalai was a turning point in Vijay's career.[7] His new commercial mass acting style and punch dialogue delivery coupled with his comic timing endeared him to all types of audiences and he soon achieved leading status in Kollywood. Udhaya, a film which began filming in 2002 but became delayed, finally released at the start of 2004. Ghilli,a remake of the Telugu film Okkadu 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, and was the biggest hit for Vijay at that period. Ghilli was the highest grossing film in Tamil Nadu at that time of release.[8]

It was followed by Madhurey (2004), an average grosser, directed by R.Madesh. In 2005, he starred in the Perarasu-directed action film Thirupaachi which became a hit, followed by a guest appearance in Sukran,the romantic comedy Sachien co-starring Genelia which became an average venture, and the successful commercial film Sivakasi co-starring Asin, which was directed again by Perarasu. His next film Aadhi was produced by his father S.A.Chandrashekar and directed by Ramana again released in 2006, and was not well received and flopped at box office despite its huge expectations. 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 a box office blockbuster and 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 praised by critics.[9][10]


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 an average success, despite the initial hype and expectations. In 2008, he starred in the action film Kuruvi, again under Dharani's direction, which was a failure at box office produced by Red Giant Movies. The year 2009 started off with the action masala film Villu, in which Vijay teamed up with Prabhu Deva after the successful Pokkiri. The film earned mixed reviews and became a huge disaster. But, the actor's next film Vettaikaaran which was directed by Babu Sivan, produced by AVM Productions and distributed by Sun Pictures was an average success. In 2010, he acted in his 50th film, Sura, also distributed by Sun Pictures. Sura released amidst huge fanfare and expectations, but was a box office disaster. Vijay was forced to give a compensation of INR60 million (US$1.0 million) to the theatre owners who had suffered losses due to the screening of his recent films.[11] Most of his films during this period did not do well at the box office and Vijay's status as a leading star was questioned by critics. In late 2010 Vijay fell out with the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, following which he aligned with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the run up to the 2011 assembly election.


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 hit, in spite of the ruling DMK stalling its release in many theatres which forced Vijay to shell out his salary and spend an extra INR40 million (US$670,000) for the release of the film.[12][13] 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 success and completed 51 days run.[14] Velayudham became one of the top grossing films of 2011.

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.[15] Nanban went on to complete 100 days of theatrical run,[16][17] with critics praising it as the biggest hit for Vijay since Ghilli.[18] He made a special appearance in the 2012 Bollywood film Rowdy Rathore starring Akshay Kumar, directed by Prabhu Deva.[19]

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.[20] Thuppakki was declared as a blockbuster.[21] The film also became the fourth south Indian film and third in Tamil cinema to enter the INR1 billion (US$17 million) club after Sivaji (2007), Magadheera (2009), and Enthiran (2010), making it the next biggest blockbuster in Vijay's career.[22] Eros International announced that Thuppakki made a domestic nett collection of INR1.8 billion (US$30 million).[23] Thalaivaa directed by A. L. Vijay released on 9 August 2013 worldwide, except Tamil Nadu. The film had a delayed release in Tamil Nadu due to some political controversies.[24] His latest film Jilla co-starring Kajal Aggarwal alongside Mohanlal, directed by debutante R. T. Neason, who was an assistant director in Velayudham.[25]

He is currently working in Kaththi, in which he works with Murugadoss for a second time, and co-starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu. The film is expected to release by the end of 2014. After that he will begin a film directed Chimbudevan in which he is expected to co-star with Priyanka Chopra, after they last worked together 14 years ago.[26][27][28][29][30][31][32]

Personal life


Vijay married Sangeetha Sornalingam of Sri Lankan Tamil descent on 25 August 1999.[33] They have two children, a son Jason Sanjay born in 2000 in London,[34] and a daughter Divya Saasha born in 2005 in Chennai.

Brand endorsement

In the year 2002, Vijay appeared as Coca Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu.[35][36] 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.[37] In January 2009, Vijay was approached as the brand ambassador for Coca Cola products.[38] As of August 2010, Vijay was signed by Jos Alukkas as their brand ambassador for Tamil Nadu and Kerala.[39] Vijay also signed for Tata Docomo, who will be seen for the first time for an Ad with Tata Docomo.[40]

Political and social activism

In 2009, Vijay was speculated joining the Indian National Congress after he met with Rahul Gandhi.[41]

In early 2011, Vijay openly expressed his desire to enter politics and his father S.A. Chandrasekhar confirmed it, saying that Vijay will officially enter politics at the age of 40.[42] Following which he declared his support for the AIADMK led alliance in the 2011 state assembly election, and the AIADMK welcomed him by providing 3 seats to his fan club, Vijay Makkal Iyakkam[43] He campaigned extensively for the AIADMK during the election campaign. He made a speech in Nagapattinam, condemning the attack on the fishermen by the Sri Lankan Government, thus marking his political visionnage.[44]

On 25 August 2011, Vijay went to the Ramlila Maidan to meet Anna Hazare and expressed support to the anti-corruption movement for the Lokpal. He lauded that the movement is getting public support without any political background and said that "the Gandhian's stir has triggered a nationwide debate on uprooting corruption".[45]

The 2013 film Thalaivaa was speculated to be a political film, which Vijay denied during an interview.[46] In response to a question several months later about the possibility of his entry into politics, he said he "has no time to think of politics now."[47]


Vijay converted his fan clubs into a people's movement called Vijay Makkal Iyakkam which was officially launched at Pudukottai on 26 July 2009.[48] 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.[49] 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[50]. 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.[51]

Awards and Honours

Vijay awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Vijay Awards
5 10
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
3 3
Filmfare Awards
- 2
- 2
Edison Awards
2 3
12 12
Awards won 22
Nominations 32


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
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 Thuppakki Best Actor Nominated
2013 Thalaivaa Best Actor Pending

Filmfare Awards South

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 Pokkiri Best Actor Nominated
2012 Thuppakki Best Actor Nominated
2013 Thalaivaa Best Actor Pending

South Indian International Movie Awards

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

Edison Awards

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

Other Awards



Year Film Role Notes
1984 Vetri Child actor
1984 Kudumbam Child actor
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Child actor
1986 Vasantha Raagam Child actor
1987 Sattam Oru Vilayattu Child actor
1988 Idhu Engal Needhi Child actor
1992 Naalaiya Theerpu Vijay Cinema Express Award for New Face - Tamil
1993 Sendhoorapandi Vijay
1994 Rasigan Vijay
1995 Deva Deva
1995 Rajavin Parvaiyile Raja
1995 Vishnu Vishnu
1995 Chandralekha Rahim
1996 Coimbatore Maapillai Balu
1996 Poove Unakkaga Raja
1996 Vasantha Vasal Vijay
1996 Maanbumigu Maanavan Shiva
1996 Selva Selvan
1997 Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen Kannan
1997 Love Today Ganesh
1997 Once More Vijay
1997 Nerrukku Ner Vijay
1997 Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Jeevanandam Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Cinema Express Award for Best Actor - Tamil
1998 Ninaithen Vandhai Gokulakrishnan
1998 Priyamudan Vasanth
1998 Nilaave Vaa Seluvai
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Kutty
1999 Endrendrum Kadhal Vijay
1999 Nenjinile Karunakaran
1999 Minsara Kanna Kannan
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Gautham
2000 Kushi Shiva
2000 Priyamaanavale Vijay
2001 Friends Aravindhan
2001 Badri Sribadrinathamoorthy aka Badri
2001 Shahjahan Ashok
2002 Thamizhan Surya
2002 Youth Shiva
2002 Bhagavathi Bhagavathi
2003 Vaseegara Boopathy
2003 Puthiya Geethai Saarathy
2003 Thirumalai Thirumalai
2004 Udhaya Udhayakumaran
2004 Ghilli Saravanavelu Dinakaran Best Actor Award
Film Today Best Actor Award
Madras Corporate Club Best Actor Award
2004 Madhurey Madhuravel
2005 Thirupaachi Sivagiri Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor
2005 Sukran Sukran Guest appearance
2005 Sachein Sachein
2005 Sivakasi Sivakasi (Muthappa)
2006 Aadhi Aadhi
2007 Pokkiri Thamizh (Sathyamoorthy) 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
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Gurumoorthy,
Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year
2008 Kuruvi Vetrivel Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
2008 Pandhayam Himself Cameo appearance
2009 Villu Pugazh,
Major Saravanan
2009 Vettaikaaran Ravi Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
2010 Sura Sura Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
2011 Kaavalan Bhoominathan remake of the Malayalam film Bodyguard
2011 Velayudham Velayudham Edison Award for Best Actor
Superstar Rajini Award
Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
2012 Nanban Panchavan Parivendhan/
Kosaksi Pasapugazh
Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year (also for Thuppakki)
Vikatan Award for Best Actor (also for Thuppakki)
2012 Rowdy Rathore Special appearance
Hindi film
2012 Thuppakki Jagadesh 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
Pending—Chennai Times Film Award for Best Actor
2013 Thalaivaa Vishwa Bhai
2014 Jilla Sakthi Aarumugam
2014 Holiday Filming
Cameo appearance
Hindi film
2014 Kaththi Filming


Vijay is a playback singer and has sung for composers like Ilaiyaraaja, Deva, Vidyasagar, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Devi Sri Prasad.[52] He sang most of his songs in films he acted and a few for fellow actors. His first song was "Bombay City" from Rasigan.[53] 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 .[54]

Year Song Title Film Composer Note
1994 Bombay City Sukkha Rotti Rasigan Deva
1995 Oru Kaditham
Aiyaiyoo Alamelu Aavin Pasumpaalu
Kottagiri Kuppamma
Deva Deva
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
1997 Oh Baby Baby Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Ilayaraja
1998 Mowriya Mowriya Priyamudan Deva
1998 Kaalathuketha Oru Gana Velai Yuvan Shankar Raja Co-sung with Nassar and Premji Amaren
1998 Nilave... Nilave
Chandira Mandalathai
Nilaave Vaa Vidyasagar
1999 Thammadikkira Styla Pathu
Juddadi Laila
Roadula Oru
Periyanna S. Bharani
1999 Thanganirathuku Nenjinile Deva
2000 Mississippi Nadhi Kulunga Priyamanavale S. A. Rajkumar
2001 Ennoda Laila Badri Ramana Gogula
2002 Ullathai Killadhae Thamizhan D. Imman Co-sung with Priyanka Chopra
2002 Coca Cola Bagavathi Deva Co-sung with Vadivelu
2005 Vaadi Vaadi Sachein Devi Sri Prasad
2012 Google Google Thuppakki Harris Jayaraj Vijay Award for Favourite Song
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer
Co-sung with Andrea Jeremiah
2013 Vaanganna Vanakkanganna Thalaivaa G. V. Prakash Kumar
2014 Kandangi Kandangi[55] Jilla D. Imman Co-sung with Shreya Ghoshal


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