Something that escorts every controversy is fame. Whether this fame proves itself glorious in the long run or stays dies out in five minutes is for time to tell, what we can say is South Indian actor Vijay Joseph is certainly enjoying his share of national fame right now – all thanks to his movie Mersal. He has been household name in the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka all through his career, but now that he stirred up some serious debate surrounding the GST, people throughout the length and breadth of the country have discovered him.
If you are interested in knowing more about the man who kicked up the GST storm, here are some really interesting facts.
He made is acting debut at the age of 18. Though the movie Naalaiya Theerpu didn’t pan out as a dream debut, Vijay made records by giving three consecutive hits following his first outing and stunned the industry.
Mostly known by his first name, Vijay’s full name is Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar, but the actor is fondly known as Ilayathalapathy among his fans.
If you think some of the craziest fans in India swoon over Shah Rukh Khan or Rajnikanth, think again. In 2005 one of Vijay’s ardent fans committed suicide on not getting a ticket to the star’s movie. Another fan killed himself in 2013 after the release of Thalaiva.
Vijay has seven Vijay awards and three Tamil Nadu State awards to his name. Owing to his outstanding contribution to Kollywood, in 2007, Dr MGR University endowed him with Honorary Doctorate.
Like many of his Bollywood counterparts, the Mersal actor has been blessed with amazing vocals and has left fans awestruck with songs like Google Google from the movie Thuppakki, a song that won him a popular award also. You may also call him Hrithik Roshan of South for his exceptional dance skills.
For the consecutive years of 2012 and 2013, Vijay was featured on Forbes India’s list for being one of the ‘Celebrity 100’ topping the charts for income and popularity among Indian celebrities.
There are directors like Subhash Ghai and Mahesh Bhatt in Bollywood who have been gifting the industry with fresh faces from time to time. Vijay, is one actor, who in his career of 24 years has introduced 20 new directors.
When his sister passed away at two, Ilayathalapathy was a boy of 9. He has not allowed the memories of his sister dwindle out. He went on to establish a production house, V.V. Creations that stands for Vijay-Vidya. One would never find Vijay working on the Birth and Death anniversary of his sister, as he spends those days with his family remembering Vidya.
Hailed as the darling of masses, he stands to be the only Tamil actor to have reached the 100 crore mark, not once but four times. Theri set a new record by bringing in 100 crore business in just six days. Now Mersal is up for some new world records.
The actor from Tamil Nadu is literally worshipped among his fans in Kerala. In fact Vijay has his largest fan base in God’s own country. No other non-Malayalam actor enjoys this privilege.
Now that there have been divided opinions about the actor from south and many contradictory facts about him have surfaced, which side of the line do you stand on? Are you with Vijay, or you look at him with suspicion? Sound off in the comment section below.