Vijay (actor)

Born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
June 22, 1974 (1974-06-22) (age 37)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor, playback singer, promotional model
Years active 1992–present
Height 5 ft 10 inches[1]
Spouse Sangeeta Sornalingam

Vijay (Tamil: விஜய்) (born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar on June 22, 1974)[2] is an Indian film actor and playback singer, who is based in the cinema of Tamil Nadu. He is the son of film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar. After performing uncredited roles as a child actor in films produced by his father, he made his debut in a lead role in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu. Since then, he acted in several films of action and romance genres. He has also worked as a playback singer in several of his films, as well as a few films starring other actors. During his career in the Tamil film industry, he has won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and was nominated for one Filmfare Award.

Vijay has starred in several romance and action films, including the commercially successful films Poove Unakkaga (1996), Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), Kushi (2000), Priyamaanavale (2000), Ghilli (2004), Pokkiri (2007), Kaavalan (2011) and Velayudham (2011). He also worked with several corporations as a brand ambassador and is a former brand ambassador of the Indian Premier League cricket team, Chennai Super Kings.[3]


Early life

Vijay was born to S. A. Chandrasekhar, a film producer and director and Shobha Chandrasekhar, a Carnatic singer. He attended the Balalok Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Virugambakkam, Chennai.[4] He began his post-secondary studies at Loyola College in Chennai and entered in the acting field.



During his childhood, Vijay performed in uncredited roles as a child actor in films produced by his father, S. A. Chandrasekhar. At the age of 18, Vijay debuted as a lead actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, also produced by his father. In his second film, he co-starred with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. His following films Rasigan and Deva were all low-budget films. In his fifth film Rajavin Parvaiyile in 1993, he co-starred with actor Ajith Kumar, who, like Vijay, was also a rising young actor then. Also released that year were his romantic comedies Vishnu and Chandralekha.

The following year, Vijay continued to pursue romantic comedy films like Coimbatore Mappillai. The Vikraman-directed Poove Unakkaga helped Vijay to become a recognisable actor. Vijay's tenth film was Vasantha Vasal which was followed by the action flicks Maanbumigu Maanavan and Selva. After more romance films in 1997, like Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen and Love Today, Vijay took up the romantic comedy film, Once More, in which he co-starred with legendary Tamil film actor Sivaji Ganesan. In his next film, the Mani Ratnam-produced Nerukku Ner, directed by Vasanth, he co-starred with Suriya who happened to make his debut in that film. He wrapped up that year with his first commercial success, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, which was directed by Fazil and earned him a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.

In 1998, Vijay worked in Ninaithen Vandhai, Priyamudan, and Nilaave Vaa. In 1999, his film Thulladha Manamum Thullum earned him a Special Prize at the following year's Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. This was followed by the films Endrendrum Kadhal, Nenjinile, Minsara Kanna.

At the start of the new millennium he did Kannukkul Nilavu with Fazil. He decided not to commit in films that took a year to release, which changed his trend. His next venture Kushi was directed by S. J. Suryah. At the end of the year, he acted in Priyamanavale. His 2001 comedy film Friends was directed by Siddique and featured him alongside Suriya again. Badri was an action – drama flick which he followed with the romance film, Shahjahan.

In 2002, he starred in Thamizhan alongside the then debutante Priyanka Chopra. Youth and Bagavathi rounded off the year. The following year 2003 began with Vaseegara and Pudhiya Geethai.


Vijay then switched gears with the action-romance flick, Thirumalai, which featured him with a new look. Udhaya, a film which began filming in 2002 but became delayed, finally released at the start of 2004.

Ghilli, which was released in 2004, is considered as one of Vijay's biggest commercial successes. Directed by S. 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. It was followed by 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, 2005, had other major films such as the Perarasu-directed Thirupaachi, the romantic flick Sachien, and another masala film, Sivakasi, again by Perarasu.

His next film Aadhi, was released in 2006. He later accepted to work in Pokkiri that year. Directed by Prabhu Deva, it released in 2007 and met almost the same success Ghilli did, in which Vijay played the character of an undercover cop diguised as a local gangster. Vijay's performance was well praised and received an award from actor Kamal Haasan at Nehru Stadium for his performance. He received honorary doctorate from M.G.R University for his philanthropic works.

Late 2007, Vijay starred in the romantic drama film Azhagiya Thamizh Magan, and for the first time, he appeared in dual roles, as both the antagonist and protagonist. In 2008, he starred in the action film Kuruvi, again under Dharani's direction.

The year 2009 started off with the action masala film Villu, which was directed by Prabhu Deva who was keen on working with him again after Pokkiri. The film featured Vijay in dual roles for the second time in his career. Vijay's next film, Vettaikaaran was directed by Babu Sivan, produced by AVM Productions and distributed by Sun Pictures.

In 2010, Vijay's 50th film Sura released, which was also distributed by Sun Pictures.


He associated with director Siddique again for Kaavalan, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Bodyguard.[5] It received a positive response from both viewers and critics and was declared a successful venture at the box office.[6][7] During Diwali 2011, his next film, Velayudham directed by M. Raja and produced by Venu Ravichandran released and declared as big hit.[8] He has finished shooting with S. Shankar for the film Nanban which features Vijay as the main character alongside Jeeva, Srikanth and Ileana D'Cruz.[9]

Following Nanban, Vijay is expected to star in Maalai Nerathu Mazhaithuli directed by A. R. Murugadoss and the crime-thriller Yohan: Adhyayam Ondru directed by Gautham Menon, which are expected for release in 2012 and 2013 respectively.[10][11]

Personal life


Vijay married Sangeeta Sornalingam[12][13] of Sri Lankan Tamil descent on August 25, 1999. They have two children, a son Jason Sanjay born in 2000 in London,[14] and a daughter Divya Saasha born in 2005 in Chennai.

Brand endorsement

In the year 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. In 2008, Vijay was signed up as the star ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings, along with actress Nayanthara. In January 2009, Vijay was once again chosen as the brand ambassador for Coca Cola products.[15] As of August 2010, Vijay was signed by Jos Alukkas as their brand ambassador for Tamil Nadu and Kerala.[16][17] Tata Docomo has approached Vijay to feature in an ad shoot. Vijay would be seen for the first time for an Ad with Tata Docomo who are known for their innovative promotions all over. [18][19]

Awards and honours

Vijay received the Kalaimamani (1998) and the M. G. R. Award (2000) from the Government of Tamil Nadu. Also received an Honorary doctorate from Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute in 2007.

His first performance award was the Best Actor for Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, given by Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 1998. He also received the Special Prize for Best Actor for Thirupaachi. Vijay also received the TVS Star City Superstar of Tomorrow[20] (2005), the Entertainer of the Year Award (2008) for Pokkiri and Azhagiya Tamil Magan [21] and the Favourite Hero Award (2010) for Vettaikaaran [22] from Vijay Awards. Vijay also received best actor awards from the Madras Corporate Club Best Actor Award, Dinakaran, Film Today, Amrita Mathrubhumi Awards, and Isaiyaruvi. He received the Best Popular Tamil Actor Award from the 2010 Asianet Film Awards.

Vijay was nominated for a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for Pokkiri in 2008 and a Vijay Award for Favourite Hero for Kuruvi in 2009.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Naalaiya Theerpu Vijay
1994 Sendhoorapandi Vijay
1994 Rasigan Vijay
1995 Deva Deva
1995 Rajavin Parvaiyile Raja
1995 Vishnu Vishnu
1995 Chandralekha Rahim
1996 Coimbatore Maaple 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
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 Aravinth
2001 Badri Badrinathamoorthy
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
2004 Madhurey Madhuravel
2005 Thirupaachi Sivagiri Tamil Nadu State Film Special Prize for Best Actor
2005 Sachein Sachein
2005 Sukran Sukran Extended cameo
2005 Sivakasi Sivakasi (Muthappa)
2006 Aadhi Aadhi
2007 Pokkiri Thamizh (Sathyamoorthy) Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year (also for Azhagiya Tamil Magan)
Nominated—Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
2007 Azhagiya Tamil Magan Gurumoorthy,
Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year (also for Pokkiri)
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
2011 Kaavalan Bhoominathan
2011 Velayudham Velayudham
2012 Nanban Ashok Post-production


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