When it comes to Tamil cinema, there are very few actors other than Rajinikanth who command a widespread fan following and devotion. One of the rare few is Vijay. Fondly called as Ilayathalapathy by his fans, he is known as the darling of the masses. Here is a look at a few interesting facts about the star to understand the phenomenon that is Vijay.
Vijay’s father S.A. Chandrasekhar was the man who launched him in the world of cinema. But before making his debut as a lead in 1992 in ‘Naalaiya Theerpu’, the actor began his acting journey as a child artist way back in 1984. In fact, from 1984 to 1988, Ilayathalapathy appeared as a child artist in over six films, all directed by his father. Thus, the actor had a solid foundation in acting well before his actual debut as a lead.
Ilayathalapathy is not called the darling of the masses without a reason. Time and again, he has shown immense concern for the common people and has regularly participated in charity work throughout his life. What’s more, he started his own social welfare organization called ‘Vijay Makkal Iyakkam’ which now carries out most of his philanthropic work for him. His fans also participate in blood donation drives on a yearly basis.