Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on 22 June 1974 to film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a playback singer in Chennai Egmore Victoria Hospital.Vijay’s father even though was not having the Idea of making his son Vijay an actor made his son to act in his own films as an Child artist in childhood roles of actors like Vijayakanth and Rajanikanth.
Illayathalapathy Vijay Childhood Movies:
- 1984 Vetri
- 1984 Kudumbam
- 1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan – Childhood of Rajnikanth
- 1986 Vasantha Raagam
- 1987 Sattam Oru Vilayattu
- 1988 Idhu Engal Needhi
He had a sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar who died at the age of two,her death affected Vijay very much , it has been said by his mother that Vijay who was very much talkative,naughty and hyper active became a silent person after his Sister’s death.Vijay currently engages in social service in the name of his sister Vidhya.
Vijay went on to do Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai. He was interestingly classmates with present-day film artistes Vikram, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja, and Vishnuvardhan.He entered film industry in 1992 at the age of 18 against the wishes of his parents,Vijay proved to his actor that he can act by enacting the role of Rajnikanth’s-Annamalai infront of his father. Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father
Vijay is now better known by the name Ilayathalapathy called by his beloved fans,he is also called as Vasool Chakravarthy based on his box office collection records as most of his films that are low budgeted collects big profits like big budgeted films of other actors.
Besides acting he is also a good dancer, singer,and is having good fighting style as he is a Black belt in Karate before entering to the Tamil cinema.Vijay is an Actor who has second most number of fans after Rajnikanth,his contemperory competitor is Ajith.It has been people are attracted towards by Vijay through his real life character-he will be calm always,he is down to the earth,and has helping mentality-There is something called Vijayism that his fans also follows-whatever problems will be there Vijay will be having Patience,he will not talk too much about that but the next time he will be surely outbreak this problems by his work and astonishes all who complained and commented on him.In films Vijay attracts people through his acting style,dialogue delivering quality,dance and by his selection of characters in the film.
Vijay married Sangeetha Sornalingam of Sri Lankan Tamil descent on 25 August 1999. They have two children, a son Jason Sanjay born in 2000 in London, and a daughter Divya Saasha born in 2005 in Chennai.
His close Friends are – Sajai, Srinath, Sanjeev, Manoj and Ram Kumar