Vijay Antony

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Vijay Antony
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Vijay Antony during a photoshoot of Pichaikkaran
Born (1975-07-24) 24 July 1975 (age 47)
  • Music Composer
  • Playback Singer
  • Actor
  • Film Editor
  • Lyricist
  • Audio Engineer
  • Film Producer
  • Director
  • Dubbing Artist

Frances Antony Cyril Raja (born 24 July 1975) known professionally as Vijay Antony,[1][2] is an Indian music composer, playback singer, actor, film editor, lyricist, audio engineer, and filmmaker working predominantly in Tamil cinema. He made his debut as music composer in 2005. He is the first Indian Music Director to win the 2009 Cannes Golden Lion for the song Naaka Mukka advertising film in the Best Music category.[3] The song was played at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. He made his debut film Naan in 2012. He is best known for his roles in action thriller films such as Salim (2014) and Pichaikkaran (2016).

Early life[edit]

Vijay Antony was born in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District.[1] When entering the Tamil industry he had changed his name to Agni, but this was then changed by S. A. Chandrasekhar who had stated that Agni was not lucky, so decided to add on his son's Vijay (actor) name to the front of Antony.[2]


Vijay Antony became popular because of his songs in the movie Kadhalil Vizhunthen. He also composed the music for the Kannada film Budhivantha. In 2009, he received the Cannes Golden Lion Award in France for the best music for the commercial "Naaka Mukka" produced by Times of India. He is known for giving opportunities to many new singers in his compositions. In addition, in 2016, he captured the hearts of Tamil people with his impressive acting skills in the film Pichaikkaran, leaving an indelible mark in their hearts.

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] The Telugu dub Bichagadu was a bigger success than the original.[8] 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. 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.[9] In 2018, he starred in Kaali, a period action film directed by Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi[10] and Thimiru Pudichavan, an action film directed by Ganeshaa.

In 2019, he starred in Kolaigaran, an action thriller directed by Andrew Louis[11] and featuring Arjun Sarja.[12]



Year Film Role(s) Notes
2006 Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai Lecturer Cameo Appearance
2009 TN 07 AL 4777 Himself Special Appearance in "Aathichudi" song
2012 Naan Karthik / Mohammed Salim
2014 Salim Dr. Mohammed Salim
2015 India Pakistan Adv. Karthik
2016 Pichaikkaran Arul Selva Kumar
Nambiar Himself Special Appearance in "Aara Amara" song
Saithan Dinesh & Sharma Dual Role
2017 Yaman Thamizharasan (Yaman) & Arivudainambi Dual Role
Mupparimanam Himself Special Appearance in "Let's Go Party" song
Annadurai Annadurai & Thambidurai Dual Role
2018 Kaali Kaali (Bharath), Young Periyasamy (Samy), Young Maari,& Young John Multiple Roles
Traffic Ramasamy Himself Cameo Appearance
Thimiru Pudichavan Inspector Murugavel
2019 Kolaigaran Prabhakaran IPS
2021 Kodiyil Oruvan Vijaya Raghavan
2023 Tamilarasan Tamilarasan [13]
Pichaikkaran 2 [14]
TBA Agni Siragugal Seenu Delayed[15]
Kolai TBA Filming[16]
Ratham TBA Filiming[17]
Mazhai Pidikatha Manithan TBA Filming[18]
Valli Mayil TBA Filming[19]


Year Film
2017 Annadurai
2018 Thimiru Pudichavan
2021 Kodiyil Oruvan
2023 Pichaikkaran 2


Music director[edit]

Year Tamil Other languages Notes
2005 Sukran
2006 Dishyum
Iruvar Mattum
2007 Naan Avanillai Buddhivantha ♦ (Kannada) Songs only, Reused song from Dishyum
Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil)
Background Score by D. Imman
2008 Pasumpon Thevar Varalaru Documentary film
Kadhalil Vizhunthen Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil)

Cannes Golden Lion Award for Best Commercial Music (Nakka Mukka)[20]

''Nakka Mukka'' Song was played at the 2011 Cricket World Cup

2009 A Aa E Ee
TN 07 AL 4777 Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Music Director

Nominated, Vijay Award for Favourite Song

Ninaithale Inikkum Nominated, Filmfare Best Music Director Award (Tamil)
Mahatma (Telugu) Reused songs from Dishyum, Kadhalil Vizhunthen and Naan Avanillai
Vettaikaaran Winner, Vijay Award for Favourite Song – Chinna Thamarai
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Music Director
2010 Rasikkum Seemane
Aval Peyar Thamizharasi
Angadi Theru 2 Songs
Kanagavel Kaaka
Uthama Puthiran

2011 Nadunisi Naaygal
Sattapadi Kutram
Yuvan Yuvathi
2012 Naan Asthitva ♦ (Kannada) Nominated, 2nd South Indian International Movie Awards For Best Music Director
Daruvu (Telugu) Reused songs from TN 07 AL 4777, Ninaithale Inikkum, Vettaikaaran , and Uthamaputhiran
Sattam Oru Iruttarai
2013 Haridas
Madha Gaja Raja Unreleased
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam 1 song ("A for Azhagirukku")
2015 Aavi Kumar
2016 Pichaikkaran
2017 Yaman
2018 Kaali
Thimiru Pudichavan
2021 Iruvar Ullam
2023 Pichaikkaran 2


Year Song Film Notes
2005 "Saathikadi" Sukran
2006 "Dailamo",
2007 "Machakani",
"Kaakha Kaakha"
Naan Avan Illai
2008 "Naaka Mukka",
"Kadavul Padaitha",
"Unakkena Naan"
Kadhalil Vizhunthen
2009 "Menaa Minukki",
A Aa E Ee
2009 "Mere Priya",
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
"O My Angel"
"Kola Kuthu"
Yuvan Yuvathi
"Ichu Ichu" Vedi
"Sonna Puriyathu" Velayudham
2012 "Usumalarese"
Daruvu Telugu
"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
"Mascara Pottu" Salim
2016 "Nooru Samigal" Pichaikkaran
"Lovukku logic ille" Nayyapudai Composed by Taj Noor
"Yededho", "Ladukio" Saithan
2017 "Thangama Vairama" Annadurai
2019 "Pasappukali" Devarattam Composed by Nivas K. Prasanna
2021 "Slum Anthem" Kodiyil Oruvan Composed by Nivas K. Prasanna



Antony is the first Indian to win a Cannes Golden Lion award. He won the award in 2009 for the "Nakka Mukka" commercial (for The Times of India) in the Best of Music category.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Antony is married to Fatima Vijay Antony, and they have a daughter.[22] When Antony was 7 years old, their father passed away. He has a well-known great-grandfather, Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai, who was a former writer and author. Vedanayagam, was a Tamil poet, novelist, and social worker who is remembered for his authorship of Prathapa Mudaliar Charithram, recognized as the "first modern Tamil novel." Vedanayagam's ideals of women's liberation and education are reflected in the novel.

Vijay Antony started his career as a sound engineer and later became a music composer. After completing his college studies, he established an audio studio called Audio Infotainment and worked as a sound engineer there. He also composed some jingles for advertisements and created some background scores for television shows by conducting research on sound engineering.[23] At that time, Oscar Ravichandran was approached to compose music for his film project named Dishyum. But Sukran, which was the first film for which Vijay composed music, was released first.


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