Birth: 22-06-1974, Tamil Nadu, India
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar, popularly known as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer. 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 film debut as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu. Since then, he has acted in several films of action and romance genres. He has also worked as a playback singer in most of his films, as well as a few films starring other actors. During his career in the Tamil film industry, he has won three 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, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, Thulladha Manamum Thullum, Kushi, Priyamaanavale, Ghilli and Pokkiri. 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.
At the age of 18, Vijay debuted as a lead actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, also directed by his father. In his second film, he co-starred with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. His following films were Rasigan and Deva. In his fifth film Rajavin Parvaiyile in 1993, he co-starred with actor Ajith Kumar. Also released that year were romance films Vishnu and Chandralekha. The following year, Vijay acted in Coimbatore Mappillai and the Vikraman-directed Poove Unakkaga. Vijay's tenth film was Vasantha Vasal which was followed by action films Maanbumigu Maanavan and Selva. In 1997, he starred in Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen and Love Today, and Once More. In his next film, the Mani Ratnam-produced Nerukku Ner, directed by Vasanth. He wrapped up that year with 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, he starred in the film Thulladha Manamum Thullum. The following films were Endrendrum Kadhal, Nenjinile, Minsara Kanna.
At the start of the new millennium he did Kannukkul Nilavu with Fazil. His next venture Kushi was directed by S. J. Suryah. At the end of the year, he acted in Priyamanavale. His work in 2001 included comedy film Friends, directed by Siddique, also starring Surya Sivakumar for the second time after Nerukku Ner. Badri, an action and drama flick, was followed by the romance film, Shahjahan. In 2002, he starred in Thamizhan and Youth; with Bagavathi, coming out at the end of the year. The following year he released Vaseegara and Pudhiya Geethai. The action-romance flick, Thirumalai, followed, with Udhaya, a film which began filming in 2002 but became delayed, finally released at the start of 2004.
Ghilli, which was released in 2004. Directed by S. Dharani and produced by A. M. Rathnam, it was a remake of the Telugu film Okkadu. It was followed by Madhurey. The following year, 2005, the Perarasu-directed masala film Thirupaachi, the romantic flick, Sachein, and another masala film, Sivakasi, again by Perarasu were released. Vijay appeared in Aadhi in 2006, followed by a short hiatus. He later accepted to work in Pokkiri which was directed by Prabhu Deva and released in 2007. Later that year, 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 and had 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, another Sun Pictures distribution, released with mixed reviews. He associated with director Siddique again for Kaavalan, which is ready for release on January 14, 2011. He is currently working with M. Raja for Velayudham, which is being produced by Aascar Films.
Vijay married Sangeetha Sornalingam of Sri Lankan Tamil descent on August 25, 1999. They have two children, a son Jason Sanjay born in 2000 in London, and a daughter Divya Saasha born in 2005 in Chennai. Vijay received his first civilian honour, the Kalaimamani Award, and his first film-related award, the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, in 1999. He later received M.G.R Award the following year. His next film award was in 2005, where he won a Tamil Nadu State Film Special Prize for Best Actor for Thirupaachi. Vijay was bestowed with an honorary doctorate in 2007. He received a Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year for Pokkiri in 2008 and a Vijay Award for Favourite Hero for Vettaikaaran in 2010. 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.