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Hometown: Chennai
Wife: Sangeeta Sornalingam
Age: 49 Years

Vijay

Bio/Wiki
Other Name(s)• Thalapathy Vijay [1]Hindustan Times
• C. Joseph Vijay [2]The Hindu
Full nameJoseph Vijay Chandrasekhar [3]Tamil Guardian
Nickname Ilayathalapthy [4]The Times of India
Profession(s)Actor, Film Producer, Singer, Politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 10”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 75 kg
in Pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 38 Inches
- Waist: 29 Inches
- Biceps: 14 Inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Film Career
DebutFilm (Tamil; As a child actor): Vetri (1984) as Vetri
Film (Tamil; As a lead actor): Naalaiya Theerpu (1992) as Vijay
Naalaiya Theerpu
Film (Tamil; As a singer): "Bombay City Sukkha Rotti" from 'Rasigan'
Awards & HonoursTamil Nadu State Film Awards
1997: Best Actor for the Tamil film Kadhalukku Mariyadhai
2000: MGR Award for the Tamil film Thulladha Manamum Thullum
2005: Special Prize for the Tamil film Thirupaachi

Vijay Awards
2007: Superstar of Tomorrow
2008: Entertainer of the Year for the Tamil films Pokkiri/Azhagiya Tamil Magan
2010: Favourite Hero for the Tamil film Vettaikaaran
2013: Entertainer of the Year for the Tamil films Nanban/Thuppakki
2013: Favourite Hero for the Tamil films Thuppakki
2013: Favourite Song for the Tamil films Thuppakki
Vijay receiving his Vijay Award 2013
2014: Favourite Hero for the Tamil film Thalaivaa
2015: Entertainer of the Year for the Tamil film Jilla/Kaththi
2018: Favourite Hero for the Tamil film Mersal
Vijay receiving Vijay Award

Edison Awards
2012: Best Actor for the Tamil film Velayudham
Vijay with his Edison Awards
2016: Best Actor for the Tamil film Theri
2017: Best Actor for the Tamil film Mersal

Isaiaruvi TV Awards
2007: Best Actor for the Tamil film Pokkiri
2009: Favourite Hero for the Tamil film Vettaikaran

Other Awards
2005: Won Dinakaran Award for Best Actor for the Tamil film Ghilli
2007: Won Mathrubhumi Film Award for the Tamil film Pokkiri
2010: Won Asianet Film Award for Most Popular Tamil Actor
Vijay receiving Asianet Film Award
2012: Won Cosmopolitan Award for Best Actor for the Tamil films Nanban/Thuppakki
2012: Won Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best Actor for the Tamil films Nanban/Thuppakki
2014: Won Kumudam Award for People Choice Superstar Award
2017: Won South Indian International Movie Award for Entertainer of the year for the Tamil film Theri
2018: Won India Today Award for Best Actor in Tamil Cinema
2018: Nominated for National Film Awards UK for Best Actor for Tamil film Mersal
2018: Won Vikatan Award for Best Actor
Vijay with his Vikatan Award 2018
2020: Won Zee Cine Award Tamil for Favourite Hero for the Tamil film Bigil
2023: Won Osaka Japan Awards for Best Actor for the Tamil film Master

Honours
1998: Kalaimaamani by the Government of Tamil Nadu
Vijay receiving Kalaimaamani award
2007: Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) by MGR University
Vijay with his honorary doctorate degree
2018: Best International Actor 2018 by United Kingdom
Political Career
PartyTamilaga Vettri Kazhagam (TVK) (Tamil Nadu Success Club)
Tamilaga Vettri Kazhagam
Political Journey2024: Started his political party Tamilaga Vettri Kazhagam (TVK)
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 June 1974 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023) 49 Years
BirthplaceMadras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Zodiac signCancer
Signature/AutographSignature
Vijay's signature
Autograph
Vijay's autograph
NationalityIndian
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu
School(s)• Fatima Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Kodambakkam, Chennai
• Balalok Matric Higher Secondary School, Chennai
College/UniversityLoyola College, Chennai
Educational QualificationCollege Dropout (enrolled in BA in Visual Communication at Loyola College, Chennai) [5]The Times of India
Religion/Religious ViewsRoman Catholic (from father's side) and Hindu (from mother's side) [6]East Coast Daily

Note: In an interview, he shared that, he believes in God and not any religion. He said,

"I am a firm believer. I go to church, and I have gone to temples and Ameen Peer Dargah during the filming of Thuppakki. I have felt a divine feeling in all the places. My mother is a Hindu and my father is a Christian. I grew up in a household that never restricted me as to where I should go or shouldn’t go. I also teach my children the same.”
CasteUdayar [7]The Indian Express
Blood GroupB+ [8]Asianet News
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian [9]The Times of India
AddressCasuarina Drive Street, Neelankarai, Chennai
Vijay's bungalow
HobbiesDoing stunts, dancing, singing
ControversiesTax Exception for his Luxury Car
In 2012, he filed a petition for tax exemption for his Rolls Royce car which he had imported from England in 2005. Later, the Commercial Tax Department (CTD) ordered Vijay to pay the entry tax. However, in September 2021, Vijay had paid seven lakh ninety eight thousand and seventy five rupees as entry tax, but CTD was asking him to pay thirty lakh twenty three thousand six hundred and nine rupees as penalty for the non-payment of tax during the interim period. Vijay then filed a case in Chennai High Court as he was fined 400% of the penalty. On 15 July 2022, the court declared that no fine shall be imposed on him as he had paid entry tax before 2019. [10]The Time of India

Penalty Imposed by Income Tax Department
For the financial year 2015-2016, he failed to disclose the income of Rs 15 crore for which he was fined Rs 1.5 crore by the Income Tax Department. However, Vijay pleaded in the Madras High Court that the penalty order was issued after the limitation period had expired. [11]The Times of India

Hurting Religious Sentiments
In 2017, he was criticised for his dialogue in the Tamil film 'Mersal' in which he said that hospitals in rural areas was more important than temples. The dialogue was not well received by the Hindus as it hurted their religious sentiments. However, Vijay did not apologies to anyone and thanked his fans who supported him. [12]The Times of India

Violation of Traffic Rules
On 11 July 2023, while he was travelling back to his home from a meeting, his fans started following his car. To escape from his fans, his driver broke the traffic signal twice after which he was fined Rs 500 as challan for breaking traffic rules. Reportedly, his car also had tinted glass (which is banned by the Supreme Court of India). [13]India Today
Vijay's car challan
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsTrisha Krishnan (actress; rumoured) [14]News 18
Marriage Date25 August 1999
Family
Wife/SpouseSangeeta Sornalingam (Vijay's costume designer)
Vijay with his wife
ChildrenSon- Jason Sanjay (born on 26 August 2000; acted in Tamil film 'Vettaikaaran' in 2009)
Vijay with his son
Daughter- Divya Saasha (born on 9 September 2005; acted in Tamil film 'Theri' in 2016)
Vijay with his daughter
ParentsFather- S. A. Chandrasekhar (film director)
Mother- Shoba Chandrasekhar (Carnatic vocalist, playback singer)
Vijay with his parents
SiblingsBrother- None
Sister- Vidhya (died at the age of 2 due to ill health)
Vijay offering prayers to his sister who had died
Favourites
Actor(s)Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan
ActressSimran, Madhuri Dixit
FoodChicken Briyani, Chicken Curry with Dosa
Travelling Destination(s)London, Los Angeles
Colour(s)Blue, Black
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Rolls-Royce Ghost
• Audi A8 L
• BMW 7 Series
• BMW X6
• Mercedes Benz GLA
• Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
• Ford Mustang
• BMW 5 Series
• Volvo XC90
• Benz E350D
• BMW 3 Series
• Mini Cooper S
• Toyota Innova Crysta
• Maruti Suzuki Celerio
• BMW i7 xDrive60 electric car [15]Mashable India
Expensive Things/ValuablesA premium watch worth Rs 90,67,192 (also worn by him in the film Varisu) [16]Zee News
Money Factor
Salary/Fees (approx.)Rs 100 crore per film in 2022 [17]India Today
Assets/Properties• J.S. and Shobha Kalyana Mandapam (two marriage halls) in Kumaran Colony and Saligramam
• Sangeetha marriage Hall in Porur, Chennai
Net Worth (approx.)Rs 300 crore in 2023

Vijay

Some Lesser Known Facts About Vijay

  • In his school days, he used to be a topper.

    Vijay's childhood picture

    Vijay’s childhood picture

  • For his debut film ‘Vetri’ as a child artist, he received Rs 500 as fees.
  • Since childhood, he has a strong belief in God.

    Vijay's childhood picture in a church

    Vijay’s childhood picture in a church

  • As a child actor, he appeared in various Tamil films like ‘Kudumbam’ (1984), ‘Naan Sigappu Manithan’ (1985), ‘Vasantha Raagam’ (1986), ‘Sattam Oru Vilaiyattu’ (1987), and ‘Ithu Engal Neethi’ (1988).

    Vijay in Ithu Engal Neethi

    Vijay in Ithu Engal Neethi

  • To become an actor he dropped out of his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai.
  • While he was studying in college, he used to perform in various dance competitions. He used to perform on Michael Jackson’s songs and even learnt all of his famous dance moves.

    Vijay in his younger days

    Vijay in his younger days

  • He has worked as a producer in a few Tamil films like ‘Nanbargal’ (1991) and ‘Innisai Mazhai’ (1992).
  • In the 1990s, he appeared in various Tamil films like ‘Deva’ (1995), ‘Poove Unakkaga’ (1996), ‘Kaalamellam Kaathiruppen’ (1997), ‘Thulladha Manamum Thullum’ (1999), and ‘Minsara Kanna’ (1999).

    Minsara Kanna

    Minsara Kanna

  • He has lent his voice to many Tamil films songs like “Thiruppathy Ponaa Mottai” from ‘Maanbumigu Maanavan’ (1996), “Kaalathuketha Oru Gana” from ‘Velai’ (1998), “Yaendi Yaendi” from ‘Pulli’ (2015), “Kutti Story” from ‘Master’ (2021), and “Naa Ready” from ‘Leo’ (2023).

    Naa Ready

    Naa Ready

  • In 2008, he was appointed as the brand ambassador of IPL team Chennai Super Kings.

    Vijay during one of the matches of Chennai Super Kings

    Vijay during one of the matches of Chennai Super Kings

  • On 23 June 2008, he launched a flag for his fan club.

    Vijay launching his flag for his fans

    Vijay launching his flag for his fans

  • He has appeared in more than 65 Tamil films including ‘Vettaikaran’ (2009), ‘Nanban/Thuppakki’ (2012), ‘Theri’ (2016), ‘Mersal’ (2017), ‘Master’ (2021), and ‘Leo’ (2023).

    Leo

    Leo

  • While Vijay was shooting for his second film, one of his female fans met him and praised him for his debut film. The girl was Sangeetha Sornalingam (Hindu British Sri Lankan Tamil), the daughter of a UK-based industrialist from Sri Lanka. Vijay liked her gesture and invited her to his home for a meal with his parents. Vijay kept on inviting her to his home several times. Vijay’s mother had sensed that Vijay was in love with Sangeetha. In one of their meetings, Vijay’s mother asked Sangeetha to become their daughter-in-law.
  • On 26 July 2009, he started his social welfare organisation named Vijay Makkal Iyakkam. In 2011, the organisation supported the AIADMK alliance in assembly elections. With his organisation, he has carried on various social welfare activities.

    Vijay with differently abled children

    Vijay with differently-abled children

  • In 2011, he supported the anti-corruption movement started by the Indian social activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi.

    Vijay during the anti-corruption movement by Anna Hazare

    Vijay during the anti-corruption movement by Anna Hazare

  • He made a cameo appearance in the Hindi film ‘Rowdy Rathore’ in 2012 in the song “Chinta Ta Ta.”
    Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita ( Features: Vijay ) ᴴᴰ DVD Version on Make a GIF
  • He was featured on the Forbes’ India ‘Celebrity 100’ lists in 2012 and 2013.
  • On 5 February 2020, his properties were raided by the Income Tax Department of India for his association with AGS Enterprises. He has worked with AGS Enterprises in the Tamil film ‘Bigil’ for which Vijay had charged around Rs 180 crore. An unaccounted cash worth Rs 65 crore was also seized from the property of the financer of ‘Bigil.’ However, Vijay came out clear in the raid. [18]India Today
  • In October 2021, he contested in local body elections from his organisation Vijay Makkal Iyakkam in Tamil Nadu. He won 115 out of the 169 contested seats.
  • He is a good friend of South Indian actors Vikram and Suriya. Suriya was his college senior.

    Vijay with Vikram, Ajith, and Suriya (from left)

    Vijay with Vikram, Ajith, and Suriya (from left)

  • Instead of celebrating his birthday in hotels, he prefers social work and provides free books to economically weak students.
  • He has appeared in TV commercials for various brands like Coca-Cola, Chennai Super Kings, Sunfeast, Jos Alukkas, and Tata Docomo.

  • He was initially offered roles in the Tamil films ‘Mudhalvan’ (1999) and ‘Dhool’ (2003), but he could not accept the offer due to his busy schedule.
  • In an interview, he shared that he was a huge fan of the renowned Indian actor Rajinikanth. Vijay said that after watching Rajinikanth’s films, he developed an interest in acting. In his audition for a lead role in his film ‘Naalaiya Theerpu’ (1992), he said a famous dialogue of Rajinikanth from the film ‘Annaamalai’ (1992). [19]The New Indian Express

    Vijay's childhood picture (left) with Rajinikanth

    Vijay’s childhood picture (left) with Rajinikanth

  • He loves participating in various sports.

    Vijay playing badminton

    Vijay playing badminton

  • His mother once shared that in childhood, he was a very talkative and naughty child, but after his father’s death, he became quiet and shy.
  • In 2021, he filed a case against eleven people including his parents for using his name to gather public or conduct meetings. His father had said that he would register a political party in Vijay’s name. Vijay immediately released a statement stating that he would not give his consent to start a political party with his name. [20]The Indian Express
  • He is considered one of the highest-paid actors in the Indian film industry. In 2023, he charged around Rs 200 crore for a film. [21]News 18
  • On 11 July 2023, it was said that Vijay would go on a padayatra across Tamil Nadu before the release of his film ‘Leo’ after which he would join politics. [22]India Today
  • In a village in Tamil Nadu, he was provided financial aid to build the Perumal Temple. People in the village are so inspired by him that some of them have even kept their children’s name Vijay.
  • In 2023, he received criticism from the audiences, for using the T-word (a cuss word) in his film ‘Leo’ in a scene with the Indian actress Trisha Krishnan. However, he did not apologise for it. [23]India Today
  • He was listed in the top celebrities in Asia list at no. 8 by Easter Eye magazine in 2023. He was the only Tamil actor to feature in the list.
  • In 2024, after the centre government implemented the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, Vijay opposed the implementation and requested the Tamil Nadu government to make sure that the act was not implemented in the state.

    Vijay's letter against CAA

    Vijay’s letter against CAA

  • He has a huge fan following in India and various other countries like China, Japan, UK, and France. Some of his films have been released in more than eighty countries and five continents.
  • He is an avid animal lover and owns a pet dog.

    Vijay with a dog

    Vijay with a dog

  • He is often spotted consuming alcohol at parties and events.
  • Vijay has been featured on the cover of various magazines like Mathrubhumi, Filmfare, and Success.

    Vijay featured on Success magazine

    Vijay featured on Success magazine