Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar is one of the best actors in the Tamil film industry. He is one of the highest-paid Tamil actors and popularly known as ilayathalapathy among his fans. At the age of 10, he entered the film industry and did his maiden film Vetri as a child artist. In 1992, he did the lead role in the film Naalaiya Theerpu which was directed by his father S.A. Chandrasekhar and produced by his mother Shoba Chandrasekhar. He has sung more than 30 songs in his films as a playback singer.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
He himself is unsigned. But, he has contributed to various films. Most of his songs are labeled by Sony Music Entertainment, Gemini Audio, Eros Music and so on.
Girlfriend / Spouse
Joseph’s name has been linked with –
- Sangeeta Sornalingam (1999-Present) – They got married in 1999. She is a Sri Lankan and interestingly, she is also a fan of the actor. She has a son and a daughter with Vijay named, Jason Sanjay (born in 2000) and Divya Shasha (born in 2005) respectively.
- Elegant acting
- Powerful screen presence
- Good dancing and singing skills
He has served as a brand ambassador for –
- Indian Premier League (2008) – Chennai Super Kings
- Jos Alukkas (2010) – For the state of Tamil Nadu and Kerala
He has appeared in the following TV commercials –
- Coca-Cola (2002 and 2009)
- Sunfeast (2005)
- Tata Docomo
Joseph Vijay Facts
- He has a significant fan following in China, Japan, UK, and France.
- He initiated a social welfare organization in July 2009. It was named Vijay Makkal Iyakkam. It is responsible for most of his charitable works.
- Vijay entered the film industry as a child artist.
- In 2008, he appeared in a short docudrama named Herova? Zerova?. The video was made to create awareness about child labor and early dropouts in Tamil Nadu. It also highlighted the importance of childhood education.
- In 2017, Vijay was ranked 31st in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which is based on the earnings of Indian celebrities. Also, he has been consistently listed under the Forbes Celebrity 100 list from 2012.
- In 2017, Vijay rendered his support to Jallikattu protests in Chennai by joining them anonymously, hiding his face with a hanky.
- His sister Vidhya passed away when she was 2 years old. Later, he named his production house in her memory as V.V (Vidhya-Vijay) Productions.
- Some of Vijay’s film works like Nanban was screened at the prestigious Melbourne International Film Festival Australia, Kaavalan at Shanghai International Film Festival China, Mersal at Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival South Korea and Hainan International Film Festival China, and Sarkar at Grand Rex France.
- In 2018, he distributed INR 70 lakh worth relief materials through his fan club to the flood-affected areas in Kerala. Also, he deposited INR 4.5 lakhs in each of the VMI head’s bank account to provide relief funds for the Gaja cyclone affected areas in Tamil Nadu.
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Facts of Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
- Gender Male
- full nameJoseph Vijay Chandrasekhar
- nicknamesIlayathalapathy, Social Worker, Thalapathy
- birthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Date of Birth June 22, 1974
- Age 47 years 5 months
- Horoscope Cancer
- Lucky Number 4
- Lucky Stone Moonstone
- Lucky Color Silver
- Best Match for Marriage Taurus, Pisces, Scorpio
- religionRoman Catholicism
- net worthINR 4,200 millions
- professionFilm actor, Playback singer
- weight77 kg or 170 lbs
- height5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
- hair colorBlack
- eye colorDark Brown
- body type / buildSlim
- collegeLoyola College
- motherShoba Chandrasekhar
- fatherS. A. Chandrasekhar