Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Born : Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
June 22, 1974 (age 35)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Other name(s) : Ilaya Thalapathy Vasool Chakravarthy(King of collection)
Occupation : Film actor, playback singer
Years active :1992–present
Spouse(s) : Sangeetha Sornalingam
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar (born on June 22, 1974), better known mononymously as Vijay (Tamil), is a Tamil film actor, who has been a performer in Tamil cinema, as well as a playback singer and a spokesperson for companies in India.
Vijay began his career appearing in several of his father's directorial ventures in the early 1990s. He made his film debut in Naalaya Theerpu (1992). Since then, he acted in several films of action and romance genres. During his years in the Chennai film industry, he has been nominated for one Filmfare Award, while winning three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
Vijay has starred in several romance and action films, along with the commercially successful films Poove Unakkaga (1996), Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Kushi (2000), Ghilli (2004) and Pokkiri (2007). He is the current ambassador for the IPL cricket team Chennai Super Kings and has also served several commercial companies as a brand ambassador.
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on June 22, 1974, to film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a classical and a playback singer. He had a sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar who died at the age of two.[unreliable source?] Vijay went on to do his schooling in Balalok in Virugambakkam, Chennai and Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai.
Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father. After a few other films, he co-stared with Vijayakanth in the film Sendhoorapandi. This film helped Vijay to become popular in the interior areas of Tamil Nadu. Films like Rasigan, Vishnu, and Deva were low-budget movies established him to audiences. Vijay is also one of the few lead actors of his generation to co-star with veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan. This opportunity came in the film Once More, directed by his fatherS. A. Chandrasekhar in 1996.
The year 1996 he find his first success in the Vikraman-directed film Poove Unakkaga which was a Blockbuster and helped Vijay to establish as a emerging star in Tamil films. He found some flops and success with films that followed, which had an unorthodox climax like Love Today. In 1997 vijay acted in Vasanth film Nerrukku Ner along with Surya Sivakumar. This film was produced by Mani Ratnam. Then he acted in Kadhalukku Mariyadhai directed by Fazil. Kadhalukku Mariyadhai was a Blockbuster and made Vijay receive that year's Tamil Nadu state Best Actor Award.
In 1998 vijay did Priyamudan where he did negative role which did fairly well at box office. Then he acted in blockbuster Thulladha Manamum Thullum for which he recieved Tamil Nadu state Best Actor Award. In 1999. Then following films Endrendrum Kadhal, Nenjinile, Minsara Kanna failed miscerably at box-office. Then he did Kannukkul Nilavu with Fazil but the movie failed at boxoffice even his acting was praised. He decided not to commit in films that took a year to release, which changed his trend. His next venture was Kushi which was a super hit of 2000. The following films like Priyamanavale, Friends were once again successful for Vijay and Badri another super hit movie.
Later on, he starred in Shahjahan, Thamizhan which all failed at box office and got average success again in Youth, However, the films that followed Bagavathi ,Vaseegara, Pudhiya Geethai, and his delayed film Udhaya became low grossers and flopped. This highly affected Vijay's success rate and he was looked down upon by film critics and producers.
His string of failure films was broken by Thirumalai in 2003 which had Vijay in a new facial appearance. Ghilli, which was released in 2004, is considered to be one of Vijay's biggest hits today. Directed by Dharani and produced by A. M. Rathnam, it was a remake of the Telugu film Okkadu, and ran for 200 days in theatres in Tamil Nadu. Then came Madhurey which was a average grosser at box office . It was in this year which Vijay began to portray his current mass-hero, stereotypical acting style, giving him a major turning point in his career. The following year had other major successes such as mega hit Thirupaachi, and a typical romantic jolly movie Sachein and a super hit Sivakasi.
Vijay's unsuccessful film since the release of Thirumalai was Aathi , which released in 2006. This film failed miserably at box-office. Later that year he announced Pokkiri, directed by Prabhu Deva, which released in 2007. Pokkiri had met almost the same success as Ghilli did, in which Vijay was given a different style to act as. This made Vijay receive an honourary doctorate title from the M. G. R. University. Later that year, Vijay appeared in Azhagiya Thamizh Magan, and for the first time, he appeared in dual roles. His roles in this film, as the antagonist and protagonist,but flopped badly in the box office. In 2008, he starred in Kuruvi, again under Dharani's direction released with neagative reviews however failing to create a box-office impact, had earned profit for the distributors in some places.
The year 2009 started off with the action mass film Villu, which was directed by Prabhu Deva who was keen on working with him again after Pokkiri. The film, which had Vijay in dual roles for the second time in his career,unfortunately the movie has turned out to be a disaster at the box office. Vijay's next film Vettaikkaaran, directed by Babu Sivan and produced by AVM Productions, which was launched in February 2009 and is to be released on January 15 2010..He was paid Rs 6-7 crore plus distribution rights for Chennai city for Vettaikkaaran.Vijay is currently acting in Sura, in which he will co-star Tamanna Bhatia, directed by Rajakumaran and produced by Sangili Murugan and then he will act in film directed by M. Raja
Vijay along with actors Surya Sivakumar, Jyothika Saravanan and R. Madhavan acted in a five minute docudrama Herova? Zerova? produced by Surya Sivakumar, in an effort to eliminate children who drop out of school at an early age .This film was directed V. Priya
Vijay comes next to rajnikanth when it comes to rankings for overseaes market.
Awards and honours
Vijay won his first film award at the 1997 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, where he was given the Special Prize for Best Actor. He later went on to receiving more awards in the same category for the films Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999) and Thirupaachi (2005).
In 2007, Vijay was given an Honorary doctorate diploma from the M. G. R. University, Chennai along with S. Shankar and was nominated for a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for Pokkiri which released that year.
During the Reliance Mobile Vijay Awards 2007, Vijay won the "Entertainer of the Year Award" for his performance in the films Pokkiri and Azhagiya Thamizh Magan.
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