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|Born||Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar|
|Other names||Ilaya Thalapathy, Dr. Vijay|
|Occupation||Actor, playback singer|
|Spouse(s)||Sangeetha Sornalingam (2000–present)|
Vijay (Tamil: விஜய்) (born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar on June 22, 1974) is a Indian film actor, who has been a performer in Tamil cinema, as well as a playback singer and a spokesperson for many companies in India.
Vijay began his career appearing in several of his father's directorial ventures in the early 1990s. He made his film debut in Naalaya Theerpu (1992). Since then, he acted in several films of action and romance genres. During his years in the Chennai film industry, he has been nominated for one Filmfare Award, while winning two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
Vijay has starred in several romance and action films, along with the commercially successful films Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), Ghilli (2004) and Pokkiri (2007). He is the current ambassador for the IPL cricket team Chennai Super Kings and has also served several commercial companies as a brand ambassador.
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on June 22, 1974, to film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a classical and 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. He was interestingly classmates with present-day film artistes Surya Sivakumar, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja, and Vishnuvardhan.
Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father. After a few other films, he co-starred with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. This film helped Vijay to become popular in the interior areas of Tamil Nadu. Films like Rasigan, Vishnu, and Deva followed, which all helped to increase Vijay's star value. Vijay is also one of the few lead actors of his generation to co-star with veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan. This opportunity came in the film Once More, directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar in 1994. In 1995, Vijay was in the lead role in the film Rajavin Parvaiyile which also starred Ajith Kumar, another currently reigning film actor in Tamil cinema.
The year 1996 saw a blockbuster hit in the Vikraman-directed film Poove Unakkaga which helped Vijay to establish as a bankable star in Tamil films. He found more success with films that followed, which had an unorthodox climax like Love Today, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai and Priyamudan. Kadhalukku Mariyadhai made Vijay receive that year's Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.
Following Thulladha Manamum Thullum, the films Endrendrum Kadhal, Nenjinile, Minsara Kanna and Kannukkul Nilavu failed to meet his previous success. He decided not to commit in films that took a year to release, which changed his trend. His next venture was Kushi which was a blockbuster of 2000. The following films like Priyamanavale, Friends and Badri were once again successful for Vijay.
Later on, he starred in Shahjahan, Thamizhan, Youth, which failed, but Bagavathi became a blockbuster. However, the films that followed, which were Vaseegara, Pudhiya Geethai, and his delayed film Udhaya became low grossers and flopped. This highly affected Vijay's success rate and he was looked down upon by film critics and producers.
His string of failure films was broken by Thirumalai in 2004 which had Vijay in a new facial appearance. Ghilli, which was also released in 2004, is considered to be one of Vijay's biggest hits today. Directed by Dharani and produced by A. M. Rathnam, it was a remake of the Telugu film Okkadu, and ran for 200 days in theatres in Tamil Nadu. His last movie of the year 2004 had become an average hit, which was Madhurey. It was in this year which Vijay began to portray his current mass-hero, stereotypical acting style, giving him a major turning point in his career. The following year had other major successes such as Thirupaachi, and Sivakasi, with a below average film Sachein.
Vijay's only flop film since the release of Thirumalai was Aathi, which released in 2006. Aathi had created some controversy during that year and many film distributors decided on thinking twice before handling any new Vijay films. This resulted in Vijay taking a break from acting for nearly a year, until the launch of Pokkiri, directed by Prabhu Deva, which released in 2007. Pokkiri had met the same success as Ghilli did, in which Vijay was given a different style to act as. This made Vijay receive an honourary doctorate title from the M. G. R. University. His roles in this film made him to be considered for a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award.Later that year he appeared in Azhagiya Tamil Magan. Sadly, the movie bombed at the box office. In 2008, he starred in Kuruvi, again under Dharani's direction, however failing to create a box-office impact, despite its large opening in several countries. By 2008, Vijay was paid a salary exceeding $1 million.
The year 2009 started off with the spy and action mass film Villu, which was directed by Prabhu Deva who was keen on working with him again after the cult hit Pokkiri. The film, which had Vijay in dual roles for the second time in his career, released in January 2009, released with mixed to below average reviews. The film has been announced as a hat-trick flop for Ilayathalapathy, following Azhagiya Tamizh Magan and Kuruvi. Vijay will be acting in his next film titled Vettaikkaaran, directed by Babu Sivan, an associate director of Dharani, and produced by AVM Productions, which was launched in February 2009.This movie is very crucial for Vijay, in order for him to stop his string of flops and keep up his name as Ilayathalapathy.
He married Sangeetha Sornalingam, of Sri Lankan Tamil descent, on August 25, 1999. Sangeetha was a die-hard fan of Vijay and sought interest in marrying him. She flew down and visited him personally in India. They have two children, a son named Jason Sanjay, born on August 26, 2000 in London, and a daughter named Divya Saasha, born on September 9, 2005 in Chennai.
In 2002, Vijay was chosen as Coca Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu. He had acted in a variety of South Indian Coca Cola advertisements, along with Katrina Kaif. A year later, the company later decided they could increase their product sales without the help of a celebrity endorser. In February 2009, Vijay was once again chosen as the brand ambassador for Coca Cola products.
Chennai Super Kings
In 2008, Vijay was signed up as the star ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings, along with actress Nayantara, who was later fired from the position. Currently, the other ambassador of the team is Krishnamachari Srikkanth.
Awards and honours
Vijay first one a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor and the Roja Duke's Best Actor Award in Kadhalukku Mariyadhai in 1998. He was later given the M. G. R. Award for best acting in 2000. In 2004, Vijay won the Dinakaran Best Actor Award and the Film Today Best Actor Award for his blockbuster performance in Ghilli. He also won a Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor for Thirupaachi in 2006. In 2007, Vijay was given an Honorary doctorate title.
As playback singer
Vijay has also sang several ghaana songs in his own films. He has also lent his voice for songs for other actors, which were films produced by S. A. Chandrasekhar. Vijay's songs are often of gaana-style folk beat type. The last song Vijay sang was Vaadi Vaadi from Sachien in 2005.
|2002||Ullathai Killadhae||Thamizhan||Sang with co-star, Priyanka Chopra|
|2000||Mississippi Nadhi Kulunga||Priyamanavale|
|1998||Roddula Oru||Periyanna||Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar|
|1998||Juddadi Laila||Periyanna||Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar|
|1998||Thammadikkira Styla Pathu||Periyanna||Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar|
|1998||Kalathukku Oru Gana||Velai||Rendered voice for actor Vignesh|
|1998||Chandira Mandalathai||Nilaave Vaa|
|1998||Nilave... Nilave||Nilaave Vaa|
|1997||Oh Baby Baby||Kadhalukku Mariyadhai|
|1997||Oormilaa Oormilaa||Once more|
|1996||Anjaam Number Bussil Yeri||Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen|
|1996||Thiruppathy Ponaa Mottai||Maanbumigu Maanavan|
|1995||Bomboi Party Shilpa Shetty||Coimbatore Maaple|
|1994||Thottabettaa Rottu Melae||Vishnu|
|1994||Adadaa Alamelu Aavin Pasumpaalu||Deva|
|1994||Bomboi City Sukkha Rotti||Rasigan|
- Vijay was paid $1m as salary for Vettaiakaaran