Chandrasekhar Joseph Vijay professionally known as Vijay. He is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil Cinema. Vijay is refered to by fans and media as Thalapathy. Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on 22 June 1974 in madras ( now Chennai ) Tamilnadu.
Vijay at the age of ten marked his childhood cinematic debut in drama Vetri (1984), he continued to perform as child artist in films till Ithu Engal Neethi (1988), directed by his father S.A. Chandrasekhar.
Vijay spent his entire childhood in Chennai. He did his Schooling initially in Fathima Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Kodambaklam and there after joined Balalok Matriculation Higher Secondary School at Virugambakkam and then after he went on pursuing a degree in visual communications from loyola College, and he soon dropped as he showed and he was more interested in pursuing acting.
Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father, then he co-stared with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. Which performed well at a certain extent at the Box-office. This film helped Vijay to become popular in the interior areas of Tamilnadu.
In 1996, Vijay performed in the Vikraman directed Poove Unakkaga, which became his first acclaimed performance as well as the breakthrough in Vijay’s career and made him a recognizable star.
Vijay was honoured with the People’s choice superstar Award at Vijay TV awards ceremony in 2008. As considered in the year 2018, Vijay has a total count of 50 awards
His 50 awards include some of the prestigious awards such as 3 Tamilnadu state Film awards, 3 Edison Awards, 8 Vijay Awards, 2 Vikatan Awards, 1 Cosmopolitan Award, 1 India today Award, 1 SIIMA Award etc.
Vijay was nominated at the National Film Awards UK, for his role in mersal in 2018 and the film also bagged the “Best Foreign Language Film Award” at the National Film Awards, UK.
A tribute was paid to Vijay when his song ‘Varalam va Bairavaa’, was played in Background of a fighting sequence in the film, Golmaal Again also Vijay’s poster from the film “Theri” has been displayed in the scene.
Vijay has featured on the Popular “Forbes Celebrity 100 List” of India many times ranking #28 in 2012, #49 in 2013, #41 in 2014, #61 in 2016, and #31 in 2017.
His fans from other countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh have requested the production house to dubb his films in the Hindi Version in their theatre.
Vijay starrer film “Sarkar” went on to become the highest grossing film of the year 2018 breaking the records of many hindi films such as Aamir’s Thugs of Hindostan, Gold and Raazi.
He is the brand endorser of many brands like Coca-Cola, Sunfeast, Tata Docomo etc. Vijay also became the ambassador for the Indian Premier League Cricket team Chennai Super Kings.
Vijay is a playback singer too and holds a record of 32 songs. His song, Selfie Pulla, topped the charts across Europe in 2014.
Instead of celebrating his birthdays in hotels, he distributes free books to economically weak students. He founded a social welfare organization, ‘Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’ which means ‘Vijay People Organization’. Vijay rendered his service to those who were affected by “Cyclone Thane”. Vijay organizations launched, ‘Vijay Education Awards’ a move to promote education and to honour the students.
After the devastating flood hit kerala in 2018, he distributed Rs 70 Lakh worth relief materials. He also rendered his services to those who were affected by ‘Cyclone Gaja’ in November 2018 in Tamilnadu.