Joseph Vijay known professionally as Vijay, is an Indian film actor, and a playback singer who works primarily in Tamil cinema, which is part of the larger cinema of India. Vijay is referred to by the media as Thalapathy (commander).
Vijay was born to S.A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Vijay initially appeared as a child actor in special appearances under his father directed films, starting with Vetri (1984) to Ithu Engal Neethi (1988). He made his debut under his father direction as a teen-age lead actor in Naalaya Theerpu (1992) but his first successful film as lead actor was Poove Unakkaga (1996), which was directed by Vikraman. To date, he has acted in 61 movies as a lead actor and has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, seven Vijay Awards and two Edison Awards. Vijay as a playback singer has sung 32 songs to date.