Vijay Sethupathi other name Vijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi is an Indian film actor, who appears in Tamil films. He was born on 16 January 1978. He is an actor, producer, lyricist, and dialogue writer. He was working as a background actor and playing minor supporting roles for over five years, before playing his first lead role in Seenu Ramasamy's Thenmerku Paruvakaatru. He went on to star in Pizza (2012), Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012), Soodhu Kavvum (2013) and Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara (2013), Vanmam(2014), pannaiyarum Padminiyum(2014), Nanum rowdy Thaan(2015), Sethupathi(2016), kaathalum Kadanthu Pogum(2016) which emerged successful and turned Sethupathi into a popular name in Tamil cinema. He is entered the Tamil Cinema industry 2004.
Vijay Sethupathi was born in Rajapalayam, Virudhunagar district and did his education in Chennai. According to Sethupathy, he was a "below-average student right from school" and was neither interested in sports nor extra-curricular activities. He graduated with a B.Com degree from DB Jain College in Thoraipakam, one week after he finished college, he joined as an account assistant at a wholesale cement business. He had to take care of three siblings and moved to Dubai, U.A.E as an accountant only because it paid him four times more than what he was making in India.
In those two years, he fell in love with Jessie (whom he married later) online. Unhappy with his job, he returned to India in 2003. He recalls that a photographer remarked that he had a "very photogenic face", and motivated him to pursue an acting career. He worked with Karthik Subbaraj on many short films, who would later cast him in his first feature film, and won the Best Actor award for one his films at the Norway Tamil Film Festival short film competition. Sethupathi accompanied a group of actors who went to director Selvaraghavan's studio to audition for his gangster film Pudhupettai (2006) and was selected to play Dhanush's friend in the film. After making an appearance in Prabu Solomon's Lee, he was cast by director Suseenthiran in minor supporting roles in his first two projects, Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu and Naan Mahaan Alla.Sethupathi landed his first lead role in Ramasamy's drama film Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2011), in which he portrayed a shepherd. Although initial reviews were mixed, the film went on to win three National Film Awards including the prize for the Best Tamil Feature Film of that year. 2012 marked a turning point in Vijay Sethupathi's career, all his three releases were critical and commercial successes, resulting in a rise in his popularity. He was first seen in a negative role in Sundarapandian which featured M. Sasikumar in the lead role and then played the lead roles in the directorial debuts of Karthik Subbaraj and Balaji Tharaneetharan, the thriller film Pizza and the comedy entertainer Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, respectively. In 2013, he was first seen in the crime comedy Soodhu Kavvum that saw him essaying the role of a forty-year old kidnapper. The film opened to extremely positive reviews and has become a huge success at the box office.
In 2014, His films Rummy and Pannaiyarum Padminiyum were released, both directed by debutants. Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, based on its same-titled short film, revolved around an old man and his vintage car Premier Padmini, with Sethupathi starring as its chauffeur.The film opened to predominantly positive reviews from critics and is the only Tamil film which has been selected to be screened at the 19th International Film Festival of Kerala. In 2016, he was first seen in the police action drama Sethupathi directed by S. U. Arunkumar. Sethupathi received praise for his performance. Vishal Menon of The Hindu said that it was a good thriller and a better family drama.Latha Srinivasan of DNA wrote that there were no loud over-the-top dialogues and punchlines that were typical of all on-screen cops in Tamil films and Vijay Sethupathi outshone many other Kollywood heroes as the cop. Malini Mannath of The New Indian Express wrote that it is another feather in the cap for Vijay Sethupathi, who revealing his versatility yet again handles his role with remarkable understanding. Anupama Subramaniam of Deccan Chronicle wrote that Vijay Sethupathi’s moves are full of energy and enthusiasm and his impeccable dialogue delivery is a treat to watch. Vijay Sethupathi Awards SIIMA Awards For Best Actor - Pizza (2012), BIG FM Most Entertaining Actor of the Year - Pizza (2012), Edison Award for Best Male Rising - Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012), Star Vijay Special Jury Award - Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012).
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