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Thalapathy Vijay turns 48: A Look into Legend’s journey

Acting in over 60 films, Thalapathy Vijay is a superstar of Indian cinema. Here’s a look at his journey from a child actor to a legend.

Thalapathy Vijay turns 48: A Look into Legend’s journey

One of the most popular actors in the industry, Thalapathy Vijay is celebrating his birthday today as he turns 48. From debuting in Naalaya Theerpu to giving a number of highest-grossing films like Bigil, Mersal, etc., Vijay is one of the highest-paid actors in the industry. Now let’s have a look at his journey. 


S.A. Chandrashekhar, Vijay’s father is a renowned filmmaker in the Tamil industry. He launched his son in the industry with a role in a drama called Vetri. From there he received recognition and made his debut in the film industry in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu. 


Vijay has been awarded a number of prestigious awards including the Vijay Awards by Star India, the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards by the Government of Tamil Nadu, a SIIMA Award, and a Kalaimamani, an honorary award holding the highest prestige in the industry. 


Featuring in Forbes India Celebrity 100 List is a huge achievement as very few South Actors have earned this recognition. His popularity and stardom are often compared to some of the biggest names in the industries like Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan. 


One of his most successful movies is Ghilli. The movie is the first Tamil movie to break the record by earning over 50 crores at the box office. Further, it is also the highest-grossing Non-Malayalam movie in Kerala. Also, the first movie by an actor other than MGR or Rajnikanth to achieve this position. 

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Other movies by Thalapathy Vijay which have earned a great response from the fans include Bigil, Mersal, Sarkar, Master, and Beast. Bigil, released in 2019, is Vijay’s highest-grossing film ever. The movie collected over Rs. 290 crore at the box office. 


Not only is Vijay a great actor but also does a lot of social work. He founded a social welfare organization in 2009 where he spends a large number of his earnings on the education of the underprivileged, and medical treatments for the needy. The welfare organization is called Vijay Makkal Iyakkam. 

He also has a production house named V.V. Productions which stands for Vidhya Vijay Productions. The production house is in memory of his late sister who passed away at the age of nine.

He also made a debut in Bollywood with the song ‘Chin Ta Ta’. The famous song is from Akshay Kumar’s movie Rowdy Rathore.  

Thalapathy Vijay turns 48: A Look into Legend’s journey

As for his latest projects, Vijay will be seen in Vamshi Paidipally’s Varisu film which is set to release in Pongal 2023. The title of the film was announced yesterday just a day before the actor’s birthday. Rashmika Mandanna will be seen opposite Vijay in this much-awaited film. With songs from S Thaman and cinematography by Karthick Palani, the film is co-produced by Sri Harshith Reddy and Sri Hanshitha. 

The actor received many wishes for his birthday from his fans and his fellow industry peers. Actors like Dulquer Salmaan, Sivakarthikeya, A.R. Murugadoss, Anirudh Ravichander, and many more tweeted on their Twitter pages wishing the actor.

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Sources: Pinkvilla, and DNA

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Kiranjeet Kaur is a Content Writer and News Analyst Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and brought up in New Delhi. She has recently completed her Bachelors in English Honours from S.G.T.B Khalsa College, Delhi University. She loves to read fiction books and write about her favourite books, shows and movies.

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