Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on 22 June 1974 to film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar – a playback singer in Chennai Egmore Victoria Hospital.
Even though Vijay’s father enacted Vijay as a Child artist for childhood roles of actors like Vijayakanth and Rajanikanth, he was not having the Idea of making his son Vijay an actor.
Vijay acted as a Child artist in Movies like
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan – Childhood of Rajnikanth
1986 Vasantha Raagam
1987 Sattam Oru Vilayattu
1988 Idhu Engal Needhi
He had a sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar who passed away at the age of two, her death affected Vijay very much, it has been said by his mother that Vijay who was very much talkative,naughty and hyper active became very much silent after his Sister’s sad demise. Vijay currently engages in social service in the name of his sister Vidhya.
Vijay went on to do Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai. He was interestingly classmates with present-day film artistes Vikram, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja, and Vishnuvardhan. He entered film industry in 1992 December 04, at the age of 18 against the wishes of his parents, When Showed his desire to act in films, Vijay was challenged by his father that if he can enact a particular scene of Rajnikanth’s – Annamalai, I will make you an actor and Vijay did the same, which marked his entry to Kollywood.
Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the film Naalaya Theerpu produced and Directed by his father – during the release day of his film the box office king and Heart throbe of Millions spent the night hoping and dreaming people accepting him as a mainstream lead in Tamil cinema. NowVijay have got more than what he had dreamt that night, Vijay is now better known by the name Ilayathalapathy called by his beloved fans,he is also called as Vasool Chakravarthy based on his box office collection records as most of his films that are low budgeted collects big profits like big budgeted films of other actors.
Contemporary to Vijay is another actor Ajith better known as Thala who is said to be a competitor for Vijay having sharing similar status of Vijay in the cine world. Also Vijay is the only Actor in kollywoods to who has second most number of fans and fan clubs after Rajnikanth, Vijay also leads the first position in the online and social space to have most number of Websites, Facebook pages etc as an actor under his name made by his fans.
Vijay once said that he is not acting for award purpose and all that he want is to entertain the common people who will be suffering from many problems and this way of choosing films might be a reason which made people attracted towards Vijay. Also he maintains his own style of acting in his films, his dance, Punch dialogues, humour sense and Fight scenes are liked by everyone along with his real life character made him liked by everyone with a great fan following.
In his true life Vijay is silent and calm always, he will not disturb others, he is a Superstar who is very much down to the earth and is good hearted with helping mentality and this is called as Vijayism which liked by everyone including his fans – Whatever may be the problem Vijay will be having Patience, he will concentrate on his work – he will not talk too much about that problem.
But the next time he will raise up from all these problems like a Felix bird by his work and astonishes all who complained and commented on him.
Vijay married Sangeetha Sornalingam of Sri Lankan Tamil descent on 25 August 1999. They have two children, a son Jason Sanjay born in 2000 in London, and a daughter Divya Saasha born in 2005 in Chennai.
His close Friends are – Sajai, Srinath, Sanjeev, Manoj and Ram Kumar
>> Tourist spots – London and Los Angels
>> Food – Non-Vegetrian(Chicken Briyani and Tandoori Items)
>> Clothes – Jeans and T-Shirt
>> Colour – Blue and Black
Crazy About – Cars(Owns a Black BMW)
In the year 2002, Vijay appeared as Coca Cola’s brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu. He 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 approached as the brand ambassador for Coca Cola products. As of August 2010, Vijay was signed by Jos Alukkas as their brand ambassador for Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Vijay also signed for Tata Docomo, who will be seen for the first time for an Ad with Tata Docomo who are known for their innovative promotions all over.
Political and social activism
In 2009, Vijay was speculated joining the Indian National Congress after he met with Rahul Gandhi. In 2010, he fell out with then ruling DMK party owing to the delay of the release of his film Kaavalan in order to release the dhanush starrer aadukalam distributed by sun pictures, then Vijay supported AIADMK in next assembly elections and also passed the message to his fans.
In early 2011, Vijay openly expressed his desire to enter politics and his father S.A. Chandrasekhar confirmed it, saying that Vijay will officially enter politics at the age of 40. Following which he declared his support for the AIADMK led alliance in the 2011 state assembly election, and the AIADMK welcomed him by providing 3 seats to his fan club, Vijay Makkal Iyakkam He campaigned extensively for the AIADMK during the election campaign. He made a speech in Nagapattinam, condemning the attack on the fishermen by the Sri Lankan Government, thus marking his political visionnage.
On 25 August 2011, Vijay went to the Ramlila Maidan to meet Anna Hazare and expressed support to the anti-corruption movement for the Lokpal. He lauded that the movement is getting public support without any political background and said that “the Gandhian’s stir has triggered a nationwide debate on uprooting corruption”.
The 2013 film Thalaivaa was speculated to be a political film, Vijay denied during an interview. In response to a question several months later about the possibility of his entry into politics, he said he has no time to think of politics now.
Vijay converted his fan clubs into a people’s movement called Vijay Makkal Iyakkam which was officially launched at Pudukottai on 26 July 2009. His Makkal Iyakkam is responsible for most of the philanthropic activities conducted by the star. After Cyclone Thane his Makkal Mandram administrators arranged for a function at Kammiyampettai, Cuddalore where the star distributed five kilos of rice to the affected people. Cuddalore was the worst affected area in floods and Vijay reached out to help these people out by rendering some assistance. The area in which the function happened soon wore a festive look with thousands of people gathering to catch a glimpse of their favorite star. Vijay has appeared along with Suriya, R. Madhavan and Jyothika in a short commercial video about child poverty, labour and lack of education, titled Herova? Zerova? produced by Surya in an effort to eliminate children who drop out of school at an early age, made in association with Vishnuvardhan Induri the founder of CCL and the Ministry of Education of Tamil Nadu. The Ilayathalapathy Vijay Educational Awards 2012 was conducted at JS Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai on 8 July 2012 by his Vijay Makkal Iyakkam to honour the students topped in 2012 SSLC and 12th board exams and the awards were distributed by Vijay himself. On his every birthday, Vijay presents golden rings to the new born babies at the Egmore Government General Hospital.
Awards and honours
Honorary doctorate – Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute (2007)
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Won
Best Actor – Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1998)
MGR Award (2000)
Best Actor (Special Award) – Thirupaachi (2005)
Filmfare Awards South Nominated
Best Actor – Pokkiri (2007)
Best Actor – Thuppakki (2012)
Vijay Awards Won
Superstar of Tomorrow (2006)
Entertainer of the Year – Pokkiri/Azhagiya Tamil Magan (2007)
Favourite Hero – Vettaikaaran (2009)
Entertainer of the Year Award – Nanban/Thuppakki (2012)
Favourite Hero Award – Thuppakki (2012)
Edison Awards (India) Won
Best Actor – Velayudham (2011)
Super Star Rajni Award – Velayudham (2011)
Best Actor – Thuppakki (2012)
South Indian International Movie Awards
Best Actor – Thuppakki
Best Male Playback Singer – Thuppakki – Google Google (2012)
Dinakaran Best Actor Award – Ghilli (2004)
Film Today Best Actor Award – Ghilli (2004)
Mathrubhumi Film Awards for Best Actor in Tamil – Pokkiri (2007)
Isaiyaruvi Tamil Music Award for Best Hero – Pokkiri (2007)
Asianet Film Awards for Most Popular Tamil Actor (2010)
Variety Award for Hero of the Year – Kaavalan/Velayudham (2011)
Vikatan Award for Best Actor – Nanban/Thuppakki (2012)
Techofes Award for Best Actor – Thuppakki (2012)