Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar, popularly known as Joseph Vijay, while his nickname is Ilayathalapthy. He is is an Indian actor, producer, and singer who has been constantly entertaining his fans with his melodious voice and amazing acting skills. Moreover, he has acted in many movies for which he got immense love from fans and much recognition. While some of his fans appreciate him to sing lovely songs. Also, he tried his hands-on production and has produced various movies.


Real Name Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
Nick Name Thalapathy
Profession Actor, Playback Singer & Producer
Famous for Tamil Actor
Date of Birth 22-Jun-74
Age(as in 2020) 46 years
Birth Place Chennai
Nationality Indian
Home Town Chennai
School Fatima Matriculation Higher secondary school
College/University Loyola College, Chennai
Educational Qualification Undergraduate
Religion Christian
Address Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Height 177 cm
Weight 75 kg
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Hobbies Dancing, Singing
Smokes? No
Drinks Alcohol? No

Birth & Early Life

Vijay was born on 22 June 1974 in Chennai, India. He is one of the highest paid actors of Kollywood (Tamil Cinema). Be it his acting, singing or dancing; the multitalented actor excels in all the fields. Not just in India, he has his fan following in China, Japan, UK, and France. His films are screened in more than eighty countries and five continents. He entered the industry as a child artist and later emerged as one of the greatest actors of Kollywood, the actor accounts for 61 films (an in 2018). Vijay’s films are mostly dubbed into Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, and Mandarin Chinese. The media has given him the title, Thalapathy which means commander. Not just an actor, a singer, and a dancer, Vijay is also a philanthropist, who does a lot for the social cause.


Joseph Vijay

Vijay’s father S.A. Chandrasekhar was a famous filmmaker and his mother was a classical and playback singer Shobha Chandrasekhar. Vijay did his schooling in Balolak of Virugambakkam in Chennai and the course of Visual Communication at Loyola College, Chennai. Vijay started his acting career in 1992 as a leading actor, in his father’s production film, Nalaya Thearpu. After some other films, he worked with Vijayakanth in Sadhuruapandi film. This film made Vijay popular in the interior regions of Tamil Nadu.

Vijay won his first successful film in 1996 as the Vikraman-directed film Poove Unkaga, which helped Vijay to establish Tamil films as an emerging star. After some other flops, she got success with the movie Love Today which had an unorthodox end. In 1997, he starred in Sunrise film Nerrukku Ner along with Sun Shiv Kumar. This film was produced by Mani Ratnam. After this, he acted in Fazil directed Kadhalukku Mariyadhai. Kadhalukku Mariyadhai was considered a blockbuster film and this film gave Vijay the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor of that year.

His next film was Kusshi, the 2000 super hit film After this, movies like Prianimanwala, Friends, again brought success. Thirumalai broke his string of unsuccessful films in 2003, in which Vijay is seen with a new face. Released in 2004, Ghilli is considered one of Vijay’s biggest hits. Directed by Dharani, it was a remake of Telugu film Okkadu and the film lasted for 200 days in theatres in Tamil Nadu. After the release of Thirumalai, Vijay’s first failed movie was Aathi, which was released in 2006. This film has been a tough box at the box office. Later that year, he announced the Pokkiri film, which was directed by Prabhu Deva and was released in 2007. Pokkiri got the same success as Ghilli, in which Vijay had an opportunity to act in a different style. This led Vijay to M.G.R. Honorary doctorate was given from the University.

The year 2009 started with the action film Villoo, which was directed by Prabhu Deva, who was keen to work with him after Pokkiri. In this movie, Vijay is seen in his career for the second time in a double role. In 2012, he signed the A. R. Murugadoss directed film Thuppakki ( an action thriller film). This film became the thirst highest grossed earning movie in Tamil to enter the 100 crores club. Even this was also Vijay’s career first ever biggest commercial hit movie of all time. In 2013, he was fortunate to work again with action thriller movies maker ace director AR Murugadoss for the film Kaththi starring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. This film became 2014, highest grossed earning film at the Tamil box office in terms of collections.

In 2016, he signed the Atlee directed film Theri alongside with Amy Jackson and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. It was a huge successful film and also became the second highest earner film with a substantial collection of Rs 172 crores at the Box office window and also the 2016 years highest earner too. Such gainers made him the Tamil superstar and gained the mass popularity.

Favorite things of Vijay

Favorite Film Not Known
Favorite TV Show Sun Music
Favorite Singer Not Known
Favorite Sport Not Known

Marital Status and More

Marital Status Married
Marriage Date 25-Aug-99
Controversies Not Known
Salary (Approx.) 30 crore
Net Worth $30 million

Social Media Presence


Personal Life

Joseph Vijay with Wife

He was born to Shoba Chandrasekhar (Playback Singer) and S. A. Chandrasekhar (Film Director). He had an elder sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar. On 25-08-1999, he married Sangeetha Sornalingam and together the couple has a son named Jason Sanjay and a daughter named Divya Shasha. Playback Singer S. N. Surendar is his maternal uncle. Tamil actor Viraj, Sanjeev, Vikranth are his cousins.

Some Facts about Vijay

  • Vijay made his acting debut as lead actor under the age of eighteen with Naalaiya Theerpu (1992).
  • Vijay appeared alongside Vijayakanth in Sendhoorapandi (1993).
  • In 1994, he appeared in Rasigan which became a successful venture[12] He had lead roles in films like Deva, and Rajavin Parvaiyile where he co-starred with another actor Ajith Kumar.
  • Vijay did some hit movies in 1990’s.
  • In late 2003, Vijay transformed from a romantic hero to an action hero with the action-romance flick.
  • His Thirumalai was considered a turning point in Vijay’s career.
  • Vijay has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, seven Vijay Awards and two Edison Awards. Vijay is also a playback singer and has sung a couple of songs for his movies.