C. Joseph Vijay, professionally known as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema. He is one of the highest paid actors in Tamil cinema. Vijay is referred to by fans and media as Thalapathy (commander).
Vijay at the age of ten marked his childhood cinematic debut in drama Vetri (1984), he continued to perform as child artist in films till Ithu Engal Neethi (1988), directed by his father S. A. Chandrasekhar. He then featured in the film Naalaiya Theerpu (1992) in lead role at the age of eighteen also directed by his father, but he received his breakthrough in the film Poove Unakkaga (1996), which was directed by Vikraman. To date, he has acted in 61 movies as a lead actor and has won numerous awards including notable three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, one Cosmopolitan Award, one Indiatoday Award, one SIIMA Award, eight Vijay Awards, three Edison Awards, two Vikatan Awards and one National Award UK.
As a playback singer, Vijay has sung 32 songs to date, starting with Bombay City (1994) to Papa Papa (2017). He also garnered global attention for his singing work in Selfie Pulla (2014) topping the charts across Europe. In addition to his acting and singing career, he is also a dancer known for his signature dance steps in his films. Some of his film works were screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival China, Melbourne International Film Festival Australia and Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival South Korea.