Vijay Antony

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Vijay Antony
Vijay Antony.jpg
Vijay in 2016
Born (1975-07-24) 24 July 1975 (age 45)
NationalityIndian
Occupation
Spouse(s)
Fatima Vijay Antony
(m. 2006)
RelativesSamuel Vedanayagam Pillai (Great-grandfather)
Websitewww.vijayantony.com

Vijay Antony (born 24 July 1975)[1] is an Indian music composer, playback singer, actor, film editor, lyricist, audio engineer and film producer working predominantly in the Tamil film industry. He made his debut as music director in 2005. He is the first Indian to win the 2009 Cannes Golden Lion for the song Naaka Mukka advertising film in the Best Music category.[2] The song propelled his fame and was played at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. With his debut film being Naan in 2012, he is best known for his roles in action thriller films such as Salim (2014), Pichaikkaran (2016), Saithan (2017), Yaman (2017) and Kolaigaran (2019).

Early life[edit]

Vijay Antony was born in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District.[1] His father died when he was seven years old and his sister was four.[3] The family was pushed into difficult days and his mother took up a government job to educate the children and support the family. They lived in a small flat allotted by Tamil Nadu Housing Board at Anbu Nagar, Tirunelveli from where Antony and his sister completed their schooling. Antony graduated in a physics major from St Xavier's College, Palayamkottai, and again enrolled for BSc in Visual Communication at Loyola College, Chennai, and is a sound engineer by education. He took basic training in music from the legendary pianist and guitarist Cleophas (was also an English Professor at St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai). He was supported by film director S.A. Chandrasekhar during initial years in the gratitude of which Antony added the name 'Vijay' as a prefix to his name. He is the great-grandson of Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai (1826–1889), also known as Mayavaram Vedanayagam Pillai, an Indian civil servant who is remembered for the authorship of Prathapa Mudaliar Charithram, recognized as the first modern Tamil novel.

Career[edit]

Vijay Antony made his acting debut in the lead role in the crime thriller Naan. The film's standalone sequel titled Salim, an action thriller, was his next venture as an actor and music director.[4] Both the films were sleeper hits.[5] In 2015, he starred in the romantic comedy India Pakistan but did not compose the music.[5] In 2016, he acted in the action thriller Pichaikkaran (2016), collaborating with his Dishyum director Sasi.[6] It became a commercial success, with overall collections nearing 40 Crore.[7] His next was Saithan, an action thriller directed by debutant Pradeep Krishnamurthy.

He appeared in the 2017 political action thriller Yaman directed by Jeeva Shankar. Produced by A. Subaskaran under the banner Lyca Productions & Vijay Antony Film Corporation, it starred Miya and Thiagarajan in lead roles. The film was released on 24 February 2017. His next film was the action drama Annadurai, the story of two brothers of contrasting characters who live their life as fate plays a big part in their personalities.[8] In 2018, he starred in Kaali, a period action film directed by Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi[9] and Thimiru Pudichavan, an action film directed by Ganeshaa.

In 2019, he starred in Kolaigaran, an action thriller directed by Andrew Louis[10] and featuring Arjun Sarja.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Year Film Role(s) Notes
2006 Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai Lecturer Cameo appearance
2009 TN 07 AL 4777 Himself Cameo appearance in "Aathichudi" song
2012 Naan Karthik / Mohammed Salim Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Newcomer Actor
2014 Salim Mohammed Salim
2015 India Pakistan Karthik
2016 Pichaikkaran Arul Selvakumar
Nambiar Himself Cameo appearance in "Aara Amara" song
Saithan Dinesh / Sharma
2017 Yaman Thamizharasan / Arivudainambi
Mupparimanam Himself Cameo appearance in "Let's Go Party" song
Annadurai Annadurai / Thambidurai
2018 Kaali Kaali / Barath Also producer
Traffic Ramasamy Himself Cameo appearance
Thimiru Pudichavan Murugavel
2019 Kolaigaran Prabhakaran
2021 Thamezharasan TBA Post-production
Agni Siragugal TBA Post-production

Editor[edit]

Year Film Notes
2017 Annadurai
2018 Thimiru Pudichavan

Discography[edit]

Year Tamil Other languages Notes
2005 Sukran
2006 Dishyum
Iruvar Mattum
2007 Naan Avanillai Buddhivantha ♦ (Kannada) Songs only
Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil)Background Score by D. Imman
Ninaithale
2008 Pasumpon Thevar Varalaru Documentary film
Pandhayam
Kadhalil Vizhunthen
2009 A Aa E Ee
TN 07 AL 4777
Mariyadhai
Ninaithale Inikkum Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil)
Mahatma (Telugu)
Vettaikaaran Winner, Vijay Award for Favourite Song – Chinna Thamarai
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Music Director
2010 Rasikkum Seemane
Aval Peyar Thamizharasi
Angadi Theru
Kanagavel Kaaka
Uthama Puthiran
2011 Sattapadi Kutram
Yuvan Yuvathi
Vedi
Velayudham
2012 Naan Asthitva ♦ (Kannada)
Daruvu (Telugu) Reused songs from TN 07 AL 4777, Ninaithale Inikkum, Vettaikaaran , and Uthamaputhiran
Sattam Oru Iruttarai
2013 Haridas
Madha Gaja Raja Unreleased
Iruvar Ullam Unreleased
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam 1 song ("A for Azhagirukku")
Salim
2015 Aavi Kumar
2016 Pichaikkaran
Nambiyaar
Saithan
2017 Yaman
Annadurai
2018 Kaali
Thimiru Pudichavan

Singer[edit]

Year Song Film Notes
2005 "Saathikadi" Sukran
2006 "Dailamo",
"Bhoomikku"
Dishyum
2007 "Machakani",
"Kaakha Kaakha"
Naan Avan Illai
2008 "Naaka Mukka",
"Thozhiya",
"Kadavul Padaitha",
"Unakkena Naan"
Kadhalil Vizhunthen
2009 "Menaa Minukki",
"Kannivedi"
A Aa E Ee
2009 "Mere Priya",
"Allah"
Ninaithale Inikkum
2009 "Aathichudi" TN 07 AL 4777
2010 "Poove Poove",
"Naan Unnai Paarkum"
Rasikkum Seemane
2010 "Palayankottai" Aval Peyar Thamizharasi
2010 "Usumalarase" Uthamaputhiran
2011 "Edhedho" Sattapadi Kutram
2011 "O My Angel"
"Kola Kuthu"
Yuvan Yuvathi
2011 "Ichu Ichu" Vedi
2011 "Sonna Puriyathu" Velayudham
2012 "Usumalarese"
"Rajulla"
Daruvu Telugu
2012 "Ulaginil"
"Thappellam"
Naan
2012 "Poochandi" Sattam Oru Iruttarai
2013 "Thumbakka" Madha Gaja Raja
2012 "Edhirthu nil" Biriyani Composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja
2014 "Onnuna Rendu" Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani Composed by Simon
2014 "Mascara Pottu" Salim
2016 "Nooru Samigal" Pichaikkaran
2016 "Lovukku logic ille" Nayyapudai Composed by Taj Noor
2016 "Yededho", "Ladukio" Saithan
2017 "Thangama Vairama" Annadurai

Television[edit]

Awards[edit]

Antony is the first Indian to win a Cannes Golden Lion; he won in 2009 for the "Nakka Mukka" commercial (for The Times of India) in the Best of Music category. The song raised his fame and was played at the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "VIJAY ANTONY". vijayantony.com.
  2. ^ "Vijay Antony's 'Naaka Mukka' fetches Best Use of Music Award at Cannes". 27 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Music director Vijay Antony - Interview - Behindwoods.com - Music director Vijay Antony Kaadhalil Vizhundhen Sukran Dishyum By2 images Tamil picture gallery images". behindwoods.com.
  4. ^ Srinivasan, Sudhir. "Same character different movie". The Hindu.
  5. ^ a b Menon, Vishal. "I'm not a good actor: Vijay Antony". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "No one will want to play a beggar in a film, but I did". The Times of India.
  7. ^ "Review : Pichaikkaran review: Entertaining! (2016)". sify.com. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Annadurai review. Annadurai Tamil movie review, story, rating". IndiaGlitz.com.
  9. ^ "Vijay Antony gets Superstar Rajinikanth's title for next". Top 10 Cinema. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Kolaigaran to release on June 5th". The Times of India.
  11. ^ "Kolaigaran movie review: Arjun Sarja delivers a sublime performance in this gripping whodunit". Firstpost. 7 June 2019.
  12. ^ "TOI wins India its first Gold Film Lions at Cannes". The Times of India. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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