As they always say, "it runs in the blood", the same has been proven in Vijay Joseph's life. His dad is a very famous Tamil movie director, S. A. Chandrasekhar. Vijay's mother is a famous playback singer. He began his acting journey as a child artist in a film called "
Vetri". He acted in many movies as a child artist supporting veteran heroes like Vijayakanth and Ajith Kumar. His career started as a leading hero with the movie, "Naalaiya Theerpu", in 1992. He won the "Cinema Express Award for New Face" for this movie.
He then acted in many movies in the Tamil field, which has gained mixed responses from the audience and critics alike. During 2003, he signed a film by name of ‘Thirumalai’, where his co-star was Jyothika. This movie had shown him in a different angle from the trend and gained him immense popularity. Vijay's popularity and craze during his youth reached heights, starting in 2004, when he started focusing on remakes. He first started with ‘Ghilli’, which is a remake of the Telugu film, "
This movie, ‘Ghilli’, completed more than 200 days in multiple theatres in Tamil Nadu. Trisha co-starred in this movie. In 2007, he came up with another remake of a Telugu film named "Pokiri", which is also its original name. It was a blockbuster in Telugu, which gained the same fame in Tamil. It was the 3rd top movie to collect the highest revenue in 2007. Again, there was a mixed trend after the huge series of successes in 2007. In 2009, he acted in a movie by name of ‘Vettaikaaran’, which was declared as the highest grossing Tamil film for the year 2009. This movie was made under AVM productions, a very well known production house.
His recent hit list includes ‘
Nanban’, which is a remake of the Bollywood movie, ‘
3 Idiots’. This movie received positive reviews from all, including
Kamal Haasan. Vijay's biggest hit in recent times is "Thuppakki", which is the first movie without
Rajinikanth to enter the 1 billion INR club. It's estimated that the movie made more than 29 million USD. On the personal front, Vijay is married to Sangeetha Sornalingam, and has two children. He is personally keen about social welfare activities. He is recently honored with a doctorate for his services in Social Welfare.
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Vijay, the very outstanding Tamil actor, was born as Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar. He is the
Salman Khan of Kollywood. His name spells magic in the box office, and his movie posters draw crowds. He is known for his professional approach towards his work, and his willingness to go beyond expectation has made him an icon in Kollywood. He is always full of life and energetic in his attitude, which makes the energy around him very positive and full of happiness while shooting a film. He is the son of film producer, S. A. Chandrasekhar.
His first onscreen appearance was for the film, ‘Vetri’, where he made a cameo. Later, in 1992, he made his debut in the lead role in 'Naalaiya Theerpu’. Due to his popularity in cinema, he has been chosen as the brand ambassador of many eminent brands such as Coca-Cola, Sunfeast, Jos Alukkas and Tata Docomo, to name a few. The actor even entered the Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list in the year 2014, achieving the 41st position. He even left behind actor ‘Rajinikanth’ in the list.
Although he witnessed a critical flop with ‘
Puli’, recently in his career, the actor is still at the number one spot. He has consistently maintained a position in the box office and even Kamal Haasan or Rajinikanth could not beat this actor, which led to the actor eventually taking over the first spot. His upcoming movie, ‘
Theri’, is awaiting release during Pongal, and hopefully, the actor will get another thunderous applause from the viewers. The actor has made history in the box office by releasing his super big films one after another, and his charisma has lasted for so many years!
It is indeed difficult to tell how many movies of this star earned crores, but it is indeed a fact that his movies, over two decades, have scaled new heights in box office collections. Overseas too, his films have always fared remarkably well. The actor also entered the Rs 100 crore club in Kollywood with movies like “Thuppaki” and “
Kaththi”. Rarely do we find a Tamil movie minting over Rs 100 crore. In the year 2010, he acted in his 50th film, ‘Sura’, and in 2016, his 60th movie (Untitled still) will be directed by Bharathan. As many as top eight directors were in the race to direct Vijay’s 60th movie, but ultimately, Vijay chose Bharathan for his 60th project.
The actor has acted with Simran, Jyothika,
Priyanka Chopra, and Asin, who were the leading ladies in his career. He has also transformed his action image (‘Thirumalai’, ‘Kuruvi’, ‘Villu’, ‘Velayudham’,’Thuppakki’, ‘Kaththi’, etc.) into a romantic image through many films (‘
Kushi’, ‘Priyamanavale’, ‘Shahjahan’, ‘
Friends’, ‘Youth’, etc.), which kept the box office registers ringing till the month-end. A decade before, actor Vijay had tough competition with three other biggies of Tamil Cinema, who were Vikram, Ajith, and Surya. Their movies would frequently clash on the same date at the box office.
However today, while Ajith and Surya do face such expectations from the masses still, Vijay undoubtedly remains number one in the box office. The actor had teamed up with Siddique,
Prabhu Deva, S. Shankar, A. R. Murugadoss, and M. Raja, among others, and ended up delivering box office hits, as always. He married Sangeetha Sornalingam on 25 August, 1999, and has two children- a son, Sanjay, and a daughter, Divya. The actor has engaged in many philanthropic activities in his state and has won many awards from the Tamil Nadu State government to the Vijay TV awards. The actor was born on June 22, 1974, in Chennai.