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A profile of Ilayathalapathy Vijay

Ilayathalapathy Vijay - A Profile

Jun 22, 2014

He ran out of the house to later become the numero-uno, mass, masala, commercial entertainer among the contemporaries.

Yes, it is Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar.

What you get if you’re born to a celebrity director?

It is said that all the cognitive thought process of a child develops in his/her earlier toddler-hood. The young Vijay was after all exposed to shooting spots and the cinema world right from his beginnings. There was made this lovable, charming, athletic hero who could just flexion his limbs to any level.

A guest appearance in Vetri followed by a dream launch - Thomas became Vijay - A full grown man ready to fight baddies and win hearts at the age of 18 for Naalaiya Theerpu written by his very mother.

Though a celebrity kid, nothing went easy for the upcoming hero. Bogged down by continuous failures, his first hit came in the form of Vikraman’s family entertainer Poove Unakaaga in which he played a hopeless lover. This movie exploited Vijay’s acting credentials in the exact proportions giving him the much needed edge over box office and Tamil cinema audience.

When it comes to be a hero over an actor in Kollywood, all you have to do is to have back to back hits transforming to a bankable star with producers lined up. Vijay’s all 56 movies have made him what he is today.

From family entertainers to hardcore love stories to larger than life action, Vijay has done it all with ease and excellence. Thanks to his mother, he had the genetic predisposition to hit notes.

Run of a mill stories were replaced by Vijay’s family melodrama, love-catharsis and liberation of the individual. The subtlety in Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, sacrificer in Thulladha Manamum Thullum, egoistic in Kushi, narcissistic in Priyamanavale, daring in Ghilli, over protective in Thirupachi, outrageously smart in Pokkiri catapulted him to stardom.

Ilayathalapathy Vijay was just unstoppable outgrowing the competition in fan followings across age groups, demography - especially in Kerala - and box office numbers.

Every hero has to go through a low, where they redefine their approach. Vijay has been accused of stereotypical, repetitive, predictable performances and no get up change. Apart the respectable Priyamudan (in which he played an anti-hero) which was still a box office dud, his Nenjinile, Kanukkul Nilavu, Pudhiya Geethai, Udhaya, Thamizhan and lot more featured the NOT typical him and went unnoticed. After a slew of advice guru love films, came the Thirumalai, face-lifting Vijay to an authentic action hero. Ghilli took him to the masses.

More than jaw dropping dance sequences (probably, Vijay can be considered the best in the country for effortless-flawless moves) and finesse fighting, films like Vaseegara (Rajini’s favorite of Vijay till date) and Sachein established his comical timing.

Vijay is a director’s delight. Very passive, but turns into a powerhouse performer once the director says the magical word ACTION. Vijay has authoritative chemistry with all the heroines he partnerships with. He laps on his style quotient, remarkable dancing potential, gyaan type punch dialogues, brother-sister sentiment, charming smile, ever fit physique and appealing screen presence to score hearts every time when on screen. He believes in his formula, sticks to his strengths and continues to entertain us. Productions like Kaavalan, Nanban and Thuppaki silenced the critics and haters to an extent.

Philanthropy, brand endorsements and Makkal Iyakkam are the off screen charisma of his. Extremely humiliating memes, political nudges and anti-elements can never stop this man who will have his say in the industry for long.

Behindwoods wishes our Ilayathalapathy a very happy birthday and a good run with films.


A profile of Ilayathalapathy Vijay

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