Vijay or 'Ilayathalapathy', which he is famously called is an Indian actor who works majorly in Tamil cinema. He was born in Chennai to S A Chandrasekhar, a film producer and director, and Shoba Chandrasekhar, a playback singer. He debuted as a child artiste in 1984 in 'Vetri' that was directed by his father. He then debuted as a lead actor in the 1992 flick 'Naalaya Theerpu' that was also directed by his father. He went on to act in numerous films since then emerging to be one of the leading superstars in Tamil Film Industry. With some of the biggest fan following in Kollywood, his fans address him as 'Ilayathalapathy' (meaning, Young Commander).