Vijay is an Indian actor and playback singer who is best known for his contribution to Tamil cinema. He is best known for his lead roles in films such as Kushi, Ghilli, Thuppakki, Theri and Mersal. He is one of the most followed stars and the highest paid actors in South Indian Film Industry. Vijay has received three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, one Cosmopolitan Award, one Indiatoday Award, eight Vijay Awards, three Edison Awards, two Vikatan Awards
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
Birthday / Date of Birth
Vijay was born on June 2, 1974 in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India.
He is currently 44 years old.
He attended Balalok Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Virugambakkam, Chennai.
After completing his school education, he was enrolled to Visual Communications in Loyola College, but he dropped out to focus on his acting career.
Asian / Indian
- Father – S. A. Chandrasekhar (Film Director)
- Mother – Shoba Chandrasekhar (Playback Singer and Carnatic Vocalist)
- Siblings – Vidya (Younger sister) (died at 2 years old)
Vijay has tied knot to Sangeetha Sornalingam on 25th August 1999. The couple have a son, Sanjay Vijay (Born 2000) and a daughter, Divya Vijay (Born – 2005).
- In feet – 5 feet 10 inches
- In centimeters – 177 cm
- In meters – 1.77 m
- In Kilograms – 73 kg
- In Pounds – 161 lbs
- Measurements – 42-14-30
- Chest – 42 inches
- Biceps -14 inches
- Waist – 30 inches
He wears shoe size of 10 (US) or 9.5 (UK).
Vijay began acting at an early age as child artist in a number of films. He was first seen in the 1984 film Vetri. His first film as a hero is Naalaiya Theerpu that was released in 1992.
The actor has been a part of several commercial successful films. His notable films include, Poove Unakkaga (1996), Nerrukku Ner (1997), Kushi (2000), Ghilli (2004), Pokkiri (2007), Thuppakki (2012), Kaththi (2014), Theri (2016) and Mersal (2017).
The actor has been a face of several brands such as Coco-Cola, Sunfeast, Chennai Super Kings (IPL franchise), Jos Alukkas and Tata Docomo.
- Kalaimaamani – 1998
- Honorary doctorate – Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute (2007)
- Tamil Nadu State Film Awards – 1997, 2002, 2005
- Vijay Awards – 2006, 2007, 2012 (3), 2013 (2), 2014
- South Indian International Movie Awards – 2016
- Edison Awards – 2011, 2012, 2016
- Behindwoods Gold Medals – 2014, 2016
He was ranked #28 and #49 on Forbes’ “Celebrity 100” in 2012 and 2013.
Cars & Bikes
Vijay is an avid lover of cars and has an extensive collection of exotic cars such as BMW X5, Toyota Innova, BMW X6, Rolls Royce Phantom, Audi A8 and BMW Mini Cooper S.
He lives in a luxury pad in Kaveri Street, Saligramam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Vijay Net worth
The South Indian Film icon has an estimated net worth of $64 million dollars as of 2017. He gets Rs 30- 35 crore as salary for every film and takes home around Rs 3 crore for every endorsement. Vijay is one of the highest paid actors in India and enjoys lucrative endorsements deals.
- Favorite Actor – Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth
- Favorite Actress – Simran
- Favorite Food – Chicken Biryani
- Holiday Destination – London, Los Angeles
Social Media Portfolio
Being a popular artist in South India, Vijay has a cult fan following on social media. He converted his fans club into a social welfare organisation called Vijay Makkal Iyakkam which has countless members since its inception. Follow him on:
Vijay is one of the most popular and influential actors in the country, who appears predominantly in Tamil films.
He is also called by Thalapathy by his fans, earned recognition via his super hit films Poove Unakkaga (1996) and Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997).
Thalapthy has recently completed his 25 years in Tamil cinema and has never turned his back even after facing many failures at the box office during the early stage of his film career.
He started his career as a child artist and has appeared in more than 62 films with a career spanning more than 25 years.
He has never acted in other language films except Tamil.
Thalapathy started a social welfare organisation Vijay Makkal Iyakkam which was officially launched at Pudukottai on 26 July 2009. It is responsible for much of his philanthropic work.
He has been onto few controversies during his career and few of films faced hurdles to hit the theatres when he planned to venture into politics.
He was supposed to feature in Dharani’s Dhool and Shankar’s Mudhalvan, but due to busy schedules, he wasn’t able take up the offers.
He was honored with Doctorate by Dr. MGR University for his contribution to Tamil Cinema.
Vijay is the first actor in Kolywood to have his movies to gross more than Rs 1 crore at Chennai box office on its opening day.
Vijay will be next seen in A R Murugadoss’s Sarkar, produced by Sun Pictures and music by A R Rahman.