Vijay was born on the 22nd of June 1974 as the son of S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar. Both of his parents are from the film industry. His father S. A.Chandrasekhar is a film director and producer while his mother Shoba Chandrasekhar worked in the industry as a playback singer. He was born as Joseph Vijay but got popular in the name Vijay. His hardcore fans affectionately call him Ilayathalapathy.
He has what could be called an almost cult following in Tamil Nadu. He has appeared in multiple films made by his father from a very young age, first appearing in Vetri which was released in 1984. Vijay made his debut in a lead role in Naalaya Theerpu, released in 1992 which was also directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar, his father. He got his career break through after acting in a 1996 film named Poove Unakkaga.
Over the years he has acted in multiple films most of which have been giant success in the box office. He gotmarried to Sangeeta Sornalingam in 1999 and currently have two children. They had their first child in 2000, Sanjay who was born in London and the second child is a girl who has been named Divya and was born in 2005. Both of his children have appeared in films with him, his son in Vettaikaran and his daughter in Theri.
Vijay Net Worth
Vijay’s Net Worth is estimated to be about $60 Million US dollars as of 2017. He is said to receive salaries of up to 26 Crores INR. He also endorses various brands and makes about 2.5 Crore from these endorsements. He has been the brand ambassador and endorsed varies multi million giants like Coca Cola, Sunfeast Biscuits, Jos Alukkas, Tata Docomo and was also the Brand Ambassador for the Indian Premier League team called Chennai Super Kings.
Vijay is an ardent moto enthusiast and has many awesome rides in his garage. His car collection includes a Rolls Royce Ghost, a Mini Cooper, a BMW 5 Series, an Audi A8, a Nissan Terrano and a Toyota Innova. Vijay has constructed a mega mansion in the heart of Kaveri Street in Chennai.
The construction of the house was completed in 2013 and that is where he resides along with his family.
Besides making massive revenue from acting in films, Vijay also gets quite a huge amount of revenues from the mega companies that he endorses. He is also an active philanthropist and has started a venture called Vijay Makkal Iyakkam which was started with the sole purpose of social welfare and giving back to the society. The Vijay Makkal Iyakkam had organised an event called Ilayathalapathy Vijay Educational Awards in 2012 to honor the best students from Tamil Nadu. His venture also became famous when they set out to help the people and setup refugee camps for the people when Tamil Nadu was affected by a massive cyclone which was called Thane.
Over the years Vijay has acted in multiple films that has been critically acclaimed and also have been great success in the Box Office. His most successful films include Poove Unakkaga ( 1996 ), Kadhalukku Mariyadhai ( 1997 ), Thulladha Manamum Thullum ( 1999 ), Kushi ( 2000 ), Priyamaanavale ( 2000 ), Friends ( 2001 ), Thirumalai ( 2003 ), Ghilli ( 2004 ), Thirupaachi ( 2005 ), Sivakasi ( 2005 ), Pokkiri ( 2007 ), Kaavalan ( 2011 ), Nanban ( 2012 ), Thuppakki ( 2012 ), Kaththi ( 2014 ), Theri ( 2016 ), Bairavaa ( 2017 ),
His latest movie to hit the big screens was Bhairava which was also his fastest film to cross the 100 Crore mark. No news has surfaced about his upcoming movies though.
Over the years Vijay has been part of many block busters, setting new standards in the box office, even his latest film Bhairava succeeded in doing so. He has had dark phases in his career with back to back flops but he overcame that and continued to thrill his fans with great movies. Let us hope that in the years to come he creates many more blockbusters and we wish all the prosperity in life.