Thalapathy Vijay is a household name that needs no introduction.
With three decades of experience journey as a leading actor, Vijay has experienced many ups and downs, till finally reaching a position where the slightest hint of his name in movies evokes cheers.
The humble actor is adored by many and is widely known for having the largest fanbase all over the world for a Tamil celebrity of this generation. His last film, Beast, also topped the 200-crore mark within weeks of its release, making him one of the box office’s stalwarts.
While waiting for this star to soar with a banger movie next year, let’s delve into a few fascinating facts about him, some of which will leave you to go wow.
In 2007, Thalapathy Vijay received an honorary Doctorate for his contributions to social welfare and in honour of his achievements in the film industry from M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute of the Tamil Nadu Dr M.G.R. Medical University.
Vijay was bestowed with one of the highest honours in the field of art in Tamil Nadu, the Kalaimaamani Award which he received in just 6 years of entering the film industry.
After Allu Arjun, Vijay is the only non-Malayali actor who has a massive fan following in Kerala. He is also Box Office King in that State.
At 10 years old, he made his debut as a child actor in the film Vetri (1984) and at the age of 18, he made his debut as a hero with the film Naalaiya Theerpu under his father S. A. Chandrasekar’s direction.
Vijay is an ardent fan of ‘Thalaivaar.’ He has mentioned on many occasions that if it was not for Rajnikanth, he would have never made it to the world of cinema. In fact, he landed his first opportunity as a lead actor after an audition where he quoted a famous line from Rajnikanth’s hit film ‘Annamalai’.
Vijay did make a blink-and-miss appearance in a Bollywood film. In Akshay Kumar’s flick ‘Rowdy Rathore’, the South star appears at the end of the ‘Chinta Ta Ta’ song along with director Prabhudheva. Interestingly, it was Akshay Kumar who then remade his movie ‘Thuppakki’ as ‘Holiday’ in Hindi
In his film career of 25 years and around 60 movies, he has introduced nearly 20 directors to the Tamil film industry.
According to India Today, Vijay was an ardent fan of Michael Jackson and has mastered all the moves that MJ did in his songs.
Did you know that Vijay and Superstar Rajinikanth have shared the screen together before? Yes, it’s true. Vijay acted as a child artist in Rajinikanth’s Naan Sivappu Manithan.
Vijay is extremely devoted to his late sister Vidhya. His sister passed away when he was nine and this affected him deeply. In fact, in her memory, he even named half of his production house after her. The Ilayathalpathy’s production house- V.V Productions actually stands for Vidhya-Vijay productions
During one of his visits to the US, Vijay got a chance to see Tom Cruise’s beach house. Impressed with it, Vijay got a picture and replicated a similar beach house for himself in Neelankarai.
Vijay launched a social welfare organization called ‘Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’ which carries out his philanthropic work. His fans participate in blood donation drives every year on his birthday.
Now, who’s ready for Thalapathy’s Ponggal release Varisu? Let’s wait patiently for the beast to grace the big screen next year and in meantime enjoy these two exciting singles from this movie.
Ranjithame is now counting its number as it is about to hit 100 million views anytime soon.
Thee Thalapathy is extra special as our favourite STR not only sang the song but was also featured in this video.