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Vijay is a popular Indian film actor and singer best known for his roles in multiple blockbuster films. He is considered one of the most popular and influential actors in the Tamil film industry.
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on June 22, 1974. He is the son of filmmaker S.A. Chandrasekhar and playback singer Shoba Chandrasekhar. He had a sister named Vidhya, who died when she was still two years of age. Vidhya’s death reportedly dealt a massive blow to the once talkative and hyperactive Vijay.
The actor was educated at the Balalok Matriculation Higher Secondary School and Loyola College where he studied Visual Communications. Vijay eventually dropped out of college to pursue acting.
In 1999, Vijay married London-based Sangeetha Sornalingam. Sangeetha is said to be an avid fan of Vijay. The two met while Vijay was filming in Chennai. Vijay and Sangeetha have two children: son Sanjay and daughter Divya.
Vijay initially started his career as a child actor, having appeared in several of his father’s movies, starting with “Vetri” in 1984. However, his first leading role came in 1992 when he starred in “Naalaiya Theerpu.”
It wasn’t until 1996 that Vijay rose to prominence. His breakout role was in the romantic film “Poove Unakkaga” in 1996. The film made Vijay a household name and ranked him as one of India’s top actors. As an actor, Vijay is known for excelling in various departments including dancing, singing, and performing his own stunts.
“Kadhalukku Mariyadhai” in 1997 earned Vijay his first acting award, which was the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor. Throughout his illustrious acting career, Vijay has won 28 awards and has received 46 nominations.
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Aside from being a renowned actor, Vijay is also a passionate philanthropist. He launched a social welfare organization called Vijay Makkal Iyakkam in July 26, 2009. The organization sprang into action when Cyclone Thane ravaged parts of India. Through his organization, the actor helped put up a relief camp and provided food rations to those affected.
Among Vijay’s advocacies include education for children. He appeared with fellow actors Suriya, Jyothika, and R. Madhavan in a brief commercial advocating against child poverty and labor. He has donated school supplies and computers to schools in poverty-stricken areas. He also encourages his official fan club to help people suffering from poverty.
In the movie industry, Vijay is known as the King of the Formula Film. Critics noted that most of his commercially successful films have the same formulaic elements. A Vijay-starrer usually has a short title and focuses on social justice issues. His character is often someone from a lower socioeconomic status who defends the poor.
On a more personal level, Vijay is said to be an introvert and is known for giving brief, one-line answers. His favorite tourist spots include Los Angeles and London, where his wife grew up.
Vijay is a family man devoted to his wife and kids. Whenever his not busy with filming, he makes it a point to pick up his children from school and take his son Sanjay to his cricket matches. Interestingly, Vijay was the ambassador for Indian Premiere League cricket team Chennai Super Kings in 2008.
Vijay’s latest film, “Bairavaa,” currently ranks as one of the highest grossing Tamil film of 2017. His next movie is “Thalapathy 61,” where he will portray three different roles namely a magician, doctor and panchayat head. According to reports, the film will be shot in various locations in Europe.