Vijay is a Tamil film actor and playback singer. He began his acting career doing many minor uncredited roles as a child artist in films produced by his father S. A. Chandrasekhar. Post-Thirumalai, he began portraying a stereotypical acting manner, much like Rajinikanth and M. G. Ramachandran. Vijay has more recently become a charismatic film star and has thus developed a large fan-following for himself. Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar was born on June 22, 1974, to film producer and director S. A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a playback singer. He had a sister named Vidhya Chandrasekhar who died at the age of two. The story of Vidhya Chandrasekhar was pictured in the film, Sukran. Vijay went on to do Visual Communications at Loyola College, Chennai & was classmates with fellow actor Surya Sivakumar, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Karthik Raja, and Vishnuvardhan.
Vijay is a Roman Catholic by birth, and took his Holy Communion at a Chennai church. He had a sister Vidhya, who died at the age of two years. His father S. A. Chandrasekhar is a popular film director and his mother Shoba Chandrasekhar is a popular playback singer and carnatic vocalist. Vijay married a Sri Lankan Tamil, Sangeetha Sornalingam on 25 August 1999. They have two children, a son Sanjay born in 2000 in London, and a daughter Divya born in 2005 in Chennai Jason Sanjay made a cameo appearance with his father in Vettaikaaran (2009) and Divya portrayed a small role as her father's daughter in Theri (2016). Vijay is the nephew of playback singer and voice actor S. N. Surendar. His cousin Vikranth is also an actor.
Vijay debuted as a lead role actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu, produced by his father. He is also one of the few lead actors of his generation to co-star with veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan. This opportunity came in the film Once More, directed by S. A. Chandrasekhar in 1994. The year 1996 saw a blockbuster hit in the Vikraman-directed film Poove Unakkaga which helped Vijay to establish as a bankable star in Tamil films. Thulladha Manamum Thullum came as a blockbuster in 1999. Then he came back with successes of Khushi, Priyamaanavale and Friends in 2000. Ghilli, which was released in 2004, is considered to be one of Vijay's biggest hit in Kollywood. His next release was Nanban, the Tamil remake of the Bollywood blockbuster. The action thriller film Thuppakki, directed by A. R. Murugadoss. His next film, the action thriller film Theri, co-starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Amy Jackson and Produced by S. Dhanu got released in April 2016 to positive reviews and became one of the highest grossing Tamil film of 2016. He is currently acting on his 60th film titled, Bairavaa, directed by Bharathan and produced by Vijaya Productions.
In the year 2002, Vijay was chosen as Coca Cola's brand ambassador in Tamil Nadu. In 2008, Vijay was signed up as the star ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings. In 2010, Vijay was signed by Jos Alukkas as their brand ambassador for Tamil Nadu. Vijay inaugurated 'Makkal Iyakkam' (People Movement) on his birthday in 2009, its motive is to do social work.