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Joseph Vijay
Born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
June 22, 1974 (1974-06-22) (age 35)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film actor, singer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Sangeetha Swarnalingam
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Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar (born on June 22, 1974)[1], better known mononymously as Vijay (Tamil: விஜய்), is a Tamil film actor and playback singer in Tamil cinema. He is known as a fan favourite to many of the movie fans in Tamil Film Industry and is considered as one of the leading actors in the industry. He is the son of film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar. 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 won two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Vijay has starred in several romance and action films, along with the blockbuster films Poove Unakkaga (1996), Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Kushi (2000), Ghilli (2004) and Pokkiri (2007). He is the current ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings and has also served several commercial companies as a brand ambassador.[2]


Early life

Vijay 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.[3] Vijay went on to do his schooling in Balalok in Virugambakkam and discontinued in Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai.[4]

Acting career

Vijay debuted as a role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father. After a few other films, he co-stared with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. Films like Rasigan, Vishnu, and Deva were low-budget movies established him to audiences. 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 his father S. A. Chandrasekhar in 1996.

The year 1996 he found his first success in the Vikraman-directed film Poove Unakkaga which helped Vijay to establish as a emerging star in Tamil films. In 1997 he acted in the Vasanth film Nerrukku Ner along with Surya Sivakumar. This film was produced by Mani Ratnam. Then he acted in Kadhalukku Mariyadhai directed by Fazil. Kadhalukku Mariyadhai was a blockbuster and made Vijay receive that year's Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor.

In 1998, Vijay worked in Priyamudan and Thulladha Manamum Thullum. Then the following films Endrendrum Kadhal, Nenjinile, Minsara Kanna failed miserably at box-office. Then he did Kannukkul Nilavu with Fazil but the movie failed at box office. He decided not to commit in films that took a year to release, which changed his trend. His next venture Kushi was a blockbuster. The following film Friends was a remake of a Malayalam hit. Later on, he starred in Shahjahan, Thamizhan, Bagavathi ,Vaseegara, Pudhiya Geethai, and his much delayed film Udhaya - .

His string of failure films was broken by Thirumalai in 2003 which had Vijay in a new facial appearance. Ghilli, which was 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. Then came Madhurey which was a averge hit at box office . 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 Thirupaachi, Sachien and Sivakasi Vijay's biggest flop since the release of Thirumalai was Aathi , which released in 2006. This film failed miserably at box-office. Later that year he announced Pokkiri, directed by Prabhu Deva, which released in 2007. Pokkiri had met almost the same success as Ghilli did, in which Vijay was given a different style to act as. This made Vijay receive an honorary doctorate title from the M. G. R. University. Later that year, Vijay appeared in Azhagiya Thamizh Magan, and for the first time, he appeared in dual roles, as the antagonist and protagonist. In 2008, he starred in Kuruvi, again under Dharani's direction. The year 2009 started off with the action mass film Villu, which was directed by Prabhu Deva who was keen on working with him again after Pokkiri. The film had Vijay in dual roles for the second time in his career. .Vijay's next film Vettaikkaaran, directed by Babu Sivan, produced by AVM Productions and distributed by Sun Pictures, which began filming in February 2009 and was released on December 18, 2009 was . Vijay is currently acting in Sura, in which he will co-star Tamanna Bhatia, directed by SP Rajkumar and produced by Sangili Murugan. Directors M. Raja and N. Lingusamy have also confirmed that they will be casting Vijay in their next respective films. Director Siddique also confirmed that he will be casting Viay in the remake of his Malayalam film Bodyguard.

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 Shriya Saran in 2001 before Shriya become leading lady in Tamil and acted along with Vijay in the film Azhagiya Tamil Magan which was released in 2007. Besides that Vijay also acted with famous bollywood actress Katrina Kaif. In January 2009, Vijay was once again chosen as the brand ambassador for Coca Cola products.[5]

In 2008, Vijay was signed up as the star ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings, along with actress Nayantara.

Awards and honours

Vijay won his first film award at the 1997 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, where he was given the Special Prize for Best Actor. He later went on to receiving more awards in the same category for the films Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999) and Thirupaachi (2005).[citation needed] During the Reliance Mobile Vijay Awards 2007, Vijay won the Entertainer of the Year Award for his performance in the films Pokkiri and Azhagiya Thamizh Magan.[6] In 2005, Radio Mirchi, Chennai in association with Spark 2005 Advertising Club, Chennai gave Vijay an Silver Jubilee award for Public Service Announcement.[7] In 2007, Vijay was given an honorary doctorate diploma from the M. G. R. University, Chennai along with S. Shankar.

Personal life

Vijay married London-based Sri Lankan Tamil Sangeetha Sornalingam[8][9] on August 25, 1999.[4] They have two children a son, Jason Sanjay, born in 2001 in London[10] and a daughter, Divya Sasha born in 2005 in Chennai.[1] Jason Sanjay is known for making a special appearance in Vijay's film Vettaikkaaran.



As actor

Year Film Role Notes
1984 Vetri (child artist)
1992 Naalaya Theerpu Vijay
1993 Sendhoorapandi Vijay
Rasigan Vijay
Deva Deva
1995 Rajavin Parvaiyile Raja
Vishnu Vishnu
Chandralekha Rahim
1996 Coimbatore Maaple Balu
Poove Unakkaga Raja
Vasantha Vasal Vijay
Maanbumigu Maanavan Shiva
Selva Selva
1997 Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen Kannan
Love Today Ganesh
Once More Vijay
Nerrukku Ner Vijay
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Jeevanandam Winner: Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
1998 Ninaithen Vandhai Gokulakrishnan
Priyamudan Vasanth
Nilaave Vaa Seluvai
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Kutty
Endrendrum Kadhal Vijay
Nenjinile Karunakaran
Minsara Kanna Kannan
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Gautham
Kushi Shiva
Priyamaanavale Vijay
2001 Friends Aravinth
Badri Badri
Shahjahan Ashok
2002 Thamizhan Surya
Youth Shiva
Bhagavathi Bhagavathi
2003 Vaseegara Boopathy
Puthiya Geethai Sarathy
Thirumalai Thirumalai
2004 Udhaya Udhayakumaran
Ghilli Saravanavelu
Madhurey Madhuravel
2005 Thirupaachi Sivagiri Winner: Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prizes for Best Actor
Sachien Sachien
Sukran Sukran Guest appearance
Sivakasi Sivakasi (Muthappa)
2006 Aadhi Aathi
2007 Pokkiri Thamizh (Sathyamoorthy) Winner, Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year
Azhagiya Tamil Magan Guru,
Winner, Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year
2008 Kuruvi Vetrivel
Pandhayam Himself Cameo appearance
2009 Villu Pugazh
Major Saravanan
Vettaikaran Ravi (Police Ravi)
2010 Sura Filming

As playback singer

Year Song Film Other notes
2005 Vaadi Vaadi Sachein
2002 Coca Cola Bagavathi
Ullathai Killadhae Thamizhan Sang with co-star, Priyanka Chopra
2001 Ennoda Laila Badri
2000 Mississippi Nadhi Kulunga Priyamanavale
Sinnan Chiru Kannukkul Nilavu In movie version
Iravu Pagalai Kannukkul Nilavu In movie version
1999 Thanganirathuku Nenjinile
1998 Tic Tic Tic Thulli Thirintha Kalam Sang with singer P. Unni Krishnan
Roddula Oru Periyanna Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar
Thammadikkira Styla Pathu Periyanna Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar
Kalathukku Oru Gana Velai Rendered voice for actor Vignesh
Chandira Mandalathai Nilaave Vaa
Nilave... Nilave Nilaave Vaa
Mowriya Mowriya Priyamudan
1997 Oh Baby Baby Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
Oormilaa Oormilaa Once more
1996 Chicken Karae Selva
Anjaam Number Bussil Yeri Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen
Thiruppathy Ponaa Motta Maanbumigu Maanavan
1995 Bombay city sukka rotti Coimbatore Maaple
1994 Thottabetlae Vishnu
1994 Adadaa Alamelu Aavin Pasumpaalu Deva
1994 Koththagiri Kuppammaa Deva


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