You must have seen him in the role of villain Kali Gaikwad in Shahrukh Khan starrer film ‘Jawaan’. His another film ‘Merry Christmas’ has been released on January 12, 2024. In this he is seen opposite Katrina Kaif. Apart from these two Hindi films, Vijay has worked in many big South films; Like Vikram Vedha, Super Deluxe etc. He is one of the popular superstars of Tamil cinema.
He has worked in almost 50 films in his 10 year long career, but it was not easy for Vijay to reach this position. In his initial days, he did small jobs like cashier, salesman, phone booth operator. Due to the greed of higher salary, he left India and went to Dubai, but things did not work out.
He had nothing to do with acting, but once a famous director of the South caught sight of him. He found Vijay’s face quite photogenic. This director advised him to work in films. Following this advice, Vijay tried his luck in films and the result is in front of everyone. Till now, he has won many awards in his film career including a National Award.
Vijay was born on 16 January 1978. His real name is Vijay Garunath Sethupathi. His early upbringing took place in Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu. Here he studied till sixth class and after that his family shifted to Chennai. Here he did his schooling at MGR Higher Secondary School and Little Angel Higher Secondary School.
According to Vijay, he was not very good in studies. He also had no interest in sports and extracurricular activities. His school friends used to make fun of his short height. Vijay’s mother never took him to the theater to watch films in his childhood, because whenever Vijay saw someone crying on the screen, he himself started crying. Even after graduation, Vijay would occasionally go to the theater to watch movies. Vijay’s interest in cinema increased when he started watching films on TV at home.
When he turned 16, he casually auditioned for the film Nammavar (1994), but was rejected due to his low height. He completed B.Com from B.D. Jain College, Thoraipakam. Did. After this, Vijay worked as a salesman at a retail store, as a cashier at a fast food joint and sometimes as a phone booth operator to earn pocket money.
After this he also tried his hand in cement business, but it did not do much. In search of more money, Vijay left India and went to Dubai. Here he was getting the job of an accountant for four times more money than in India. Vijay spent some time here, but then returned to India in 2003 due to his dissatisfaction with his job.
After this, he started the interior decoration business with his friends. After doing this work for some time, he joined a marketing company which manufactured readymade kitchen products. Vijay had tried his hand in many types of businesses, but he did not get much success in any of them. Vijay had said in an interview that if any of my businesses had worked, I would never have become an actor, but fate had something else planned for me.
One day I saw the poster of Chennai’s theater group Koothupattarai. Seeing this he remembered the words of famous South director Balu Mahendra. In fact, once Vijay met her and while giving a compliment to Vijay, she said – Your face is very photogenic. When he couldn’t find any way, Vijay thought why not try his hand in acting.
Vijay, who has spent a decade in the entertainment industry, has a net worth of around Rs 170 crore. According to media reports, he received a fee of Rs 21 crore for the film ‘Jawaan’. Usually he charges Rs 15 crore for a film. And for a brand endorsement he earns around Rs 50 lakh. Let’s charge.
Vijay has made a lot of investments in real estate. He has a bungalow worth Rs 50 crore in Chennai. Along with Chennai, he has properties worth around Rs 100 crore in places like Kilpauk, Ennore. Vijay is also fond of luxury cars. He has a BMW 7 Series car worth Rs 1.78 crore. Apart from this, there is also Mini Cooper, Toyota Fortuner and Innova worth Rs 39 lakh.
Vijay had recently said in an interview that he had to go through body shaming in both South and Bollywood film industries. Vijay had said, I was like this, I was body shamed a lot. It happens, but the good thing is that gradually people accept you the way you are. Today wherever I go, people love me, it is a blessing. I thank the audience, I am happy as I am.
Vijay also talked about his fashion sense and said, I am sometimes conscious about my costume because I give importance to comfortable clothing. Many times people say that I am showing off and sometimes they say that I am very simple. I wear slippers, but it doesn’t matter to me. I wear only what I am comfortable with.