Vijay (Tamil)

Date of Birth: June 22, 1974
Actor, Singer
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Vijay (Tamil)
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Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar (Tamil: ஜோசெப் விஜய் சந்திரசேகர்; born June 22, 1974), known mononymously 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 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 two 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 (1996), Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), Kushi (2000), Priyamaanavale (2000), Ghilli (2004), and Pokkiri (2007). 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.

lifeVijay was born to film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shobha Chandrasekhar, a Carnatic singer. He attended S.B.O.A Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Anna Nagar. He began post-secondary studies at Loyola College in Chennai and finished a degree in Mechanical Engineering and entered in the acting field.

Early years: 1992-2002During his childhood, Vijay performed in uncredited roles as a child actor in films produced by his father, S. A. Chandrasekhar. At the age of 18, Vijay debuted as a lead actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, also produced by his father. In his second film, he co-stared with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. His following films Rasigan and Deva were all low-budget movies. In his fifth film Rajavin Parvaiyile in 1993, he co-starred with actor Ajith Kumar, who, like Vijay, was also a rising young actor then—also a bankable film star today. Also released that year were his romantic comedies Vishnu and Chandralekha which turned out to be poor grossers.

The following year, Vijay continued to pursue romantic comedy film Coimbatore Mappillai which was a failure. The Vikraman-directed Poove Unakkaga was his first box office success which helped Vijay to become a recognisable actor. Vijay's tenth film Vasantha Vasal was an average grosser at box offices. Maanbumigu Maanavan and Selva were action films and flopped heavily. After more average romance films in 1997, like Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen and Love Today with the former a failure and the latter a success, Vijay took up the romantic comedy film, Once More, in which he co-starred with legendary Tamil film actor Sivaji Ganesan. In his next film, the Mani Ratnam-produced Nerukku Ner, directed by Vasanth, he co-starred with Surya Sivakumar who happened to make his debut in that film. He wrapped up that year with his first commercial success, 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 which were well received at box offices with Nilaave Vaa a failure. In 1999, his film Thulladha Manamum Thullum earned him a Special Prize at the following year's Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. The following films Endrendrum Kadhal, Nenjinile, Minsara Kanna failed miscerably at box-office.

At the start of the new millennium he did Kannukkul Nilavu with Fazil again but the movie failed at box office, although his performance was praised. He decided not to commit in films that took a year to release, which changed his trend. His next venture Kushi however, directed by S. J. Suryah, was a blockbuster of the year. At the end of the year, he acted in Priyamanavale which was once again a successful film. His 2001 comedy film Friends, directed by Siddique, also starring Surya Sivakumar, was yet again a commercial success. Badri, an action and drama flick, showed good results at the box office, but his following romance film, Shahjahan, did not do well.

In 2002, he starred in Thamizhan alongside the then debutante Priyanka Chopra which again failed at the box office. Youth on the other hand, was an average box office grosser and Bagavathi, at the end of the year, was another below-average failure. The following year 2003 also began unsuccessful with Vaseegara and Pudhiya Geethai.

FamilyVijay 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.

Brand endorsementIn the year 2002, Vijay was chosen as Coca Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu. He had 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 once again chosen 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.

Awards and honours
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. In 2011, Vijay was honoured with the Popular Tamil Actor Award at the 13th Asianet Film Awards, which is conferred by the Malayalam film industry.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.

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