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Joseph Vijay actor and playback singer.

Vijay (Tamil: விஜய்), (born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar on June 22, 1974) is a Tamil film actor and playback singer.

He began his acting career doing many minor uncredited roles as a child artist, produced by his father S. A. Chandrasekhar. Post-Thirumalai, he began portraying a commercial and stereotypical style, much like Rajinikanth and M. G. Ramachandran. Vijay has more recently become a charismatic film star in Tamil cinema and was described as "a silent champ" by Kamal Haasan.

Personal background
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on June 22, 1974, to film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a playback singer. He had a sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar who died at the age of two. Vijay went on to do Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai. He was interestingly classmates with present-day film artistes Surya Sivakumar, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja, and Vishnuvardhan.

He married Sangeetha Sornalingam, of Sri Lankan Tamil descent, on August 25, 1999. Sangeetha was a die-hard fan of Vijay and sought interest in marrying him. She flew down and visited him personally in India. They have two children, a son named Jason Sanjay, born on August 26, 2000 in London, and a daughter named Divya Saasha, born on September 9, 2005 in Chennai.

Acting career
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 followed, which all helped to increase Vijay's star value. 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 S. A. Chandrasekhar in 1994.

The year 1996 saw a blockbuster hit in the Vikraman-directed film Poove Unakkaga which helped Vijay to establish as a bankable star in Tamil films. He found more success with films that followed, which had an unorthodox climax like Love Today, Kadhalukku Mariyadhai and Priyamudan. Kadhalukku Mariyadhai made Vijay receive that year's Tamil Nadu state Best Actor Award.

Following Thulladha Manamum Thullum, the films Endrendrum Kadhal, Nenjinile, Minsara Kanna and Kannukkul Nilavu failed to meet his previous success. 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 blockbuster of 2000. The following films like Priyamanavale, Friends and Badri were once again successful for Vijay.

Later on, he starred in Shahjahan, Thamizhan, Youth, and Bagavathi which maintained Vijay's success. However, the films that followed, which were 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 2004 which had Vijay in a new facial appearance. Ghilli, which was also 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. His last hit of the year 2004 had followed, which was Madhurey. 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 Thirupaachi, Sachein and Sivakasi.

Vijay's only flop film since the release of Thirumalai was Aathi, which released in 2006. Aathi had created some controversy during that year and many film distributors decided on thinking twice before handling any new Vijay films. This resulted in Vijay taking a break from acting for nearly a year, until the launch of Pokkiri, directed by Prabhu Deva, which released in 2007. Pokkiri had met 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, made him to be considered for a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. In 2008, he starred in Kuruvi, again under Dharani's direction, however failing to create a box-office impact, despite its large opening in several countries.

The year 2009 started off with the spy and action mass film Villu, which was directed by Prabhu Deva who was keen on working with him again after the cult hit Pokkiri. The film, which had Vijay in dual roles for the second time in his career, released in January 2009 with mixed reviews.

Awards and honours
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor in Kadhalukku Mariyadhai in 1998
Roja Duke's Best Actor Award for Kadhalukku Mariyadhai in 1998
M. G. R. Award in 2000
Dinakaran Best Actor Award for Ghilli in 2005
Film Today Best Actor Award for Ghilli in 2005
Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor for Thirupaachi in 2006
Honorary doctorate in 2007


As actor
Year Movie Role Notes
1992 Naalaya Theerpu Vijay
1993 Sendhoorapandi Vijay
1994 Deva Deva
Rasigan Vijay
1995 Rajavin Parvaiyile Vijay
Vishnu Vishnu
Chandralekha Rahim
1996 Coimbatore Maaple Balu
Poove Unakkaga Raja
Vasantha Vaasal Vijay
Maanbumigu Maanavan Shiva
Selva Selva
1997 Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen Kannan
Love Today Ganesh
Once More Vijay
Nerrukku Ner Vijay
Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Jeevanandam Winner: Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
1998 Ninaithen Vandhai Gokulakrishnan
Priyamudan Vasanth
Nilaave Vaa Seluvai
1999 Thulladha Manamum Thullum Kutty
Endrendrum Kadhal Vijay
Nenjinile Karunakaran
Minsara Kanna Kannan
2000 Kannukkul Nilavu Gautham
Khushi Shiva
Priyamaanavale Vijay
2001 Friends Aravinth
Badri Badri
Shahjahan Ashok
2002 Thamizhan Surya
Youth Shiva
Bhagavathi Bhagavathi
Vaseegara Boopathy
2003 Puthiya Geethai Sarathy
Thirumalai Thirumalai
2004 Udhaya Udhayakumaran
Ghilli Saravanavelu
Madhurey Madhurey
2005 Thirupaachi Sivagiri Winner: Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor
Sachien Sachien
Sukran Sukran
Sivakasi Sivakaasi (Muthappa)
2006 Aathi Aathi
2007 Pokkiri Thamizh (Sathyamoorthy) Nominated: Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
Azhagiya Thamizh Magan Guru,
2008 Kuruvi Vetrivel
Pandhayam As himself Guest appearance
2009 Villu Pugazh,
Major Saravanan
Vettaikkaaran Announced

As playback singer
Vijay has also sang several ghaana songs in his own films. He has also lent his voice for songs for other actors, which were films produced by S. A. Chandrasekhar. Vijay's songs are often of gaana-style folk beat type. The last song Vijay sang was Vaadi Vaadi from Sachien in 2005.

Year Song Film Other notes
2005 Vaadi Vaadi Sachein
2002 Coca Cola Bagavathi
2002 Ullathai Killadhae Thamizhan Sang with co-star, Priyanka Chopra
2001 Ennoda Laila Badri
2000 Mississippi Nadhi Kulunga Priyamanavale
1999 Thanganirathuku Nenjinile
1998 Roddula Oru Periyanna Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar
1998 Juddadi Laila Periyanna Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar
1998 Thammadikkira Styla Pathu Periyanna Rendered voice for Surya Sivakumar
1998 Kalathukku Oru Gana Velai Rendered voice for actor Vignesh
1998 Chandira Mandalathai Nilaave Vaa
1998 Nilave... Nilave Nilaave Vaa
1998 Mowriya Mowriya Priyamudan
1997 Oh Baby Baby Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
1997 Oormilaa Oormilaa Once more
1996 Chicken Karae Selva
1996 Anjaam Number Bussil Yeri Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen
1996 Thiruppathy Ponaa Mottai Maanbumigu Maanavan
1995 Bomboi Party Shilpa Shetty Coimbatore Maaple
1994 Thottabettaa Rottu Melae Vishnu
1994 Adadaa Alamelu Aavin Pasumpaalu Deva
1994 Koththagiri Kuppammaa Deva
1994 Bomboi City Sukkha Rotti Rasigan

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