Vijay Sethupathi

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Vijay Sethupathi
Vijay Sethupathi

Vijaya Gurunatha “Vijay” Sethupathi (born 16 January 1978), is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist, and dialogue writer who stars in Tamil films. Vijay Sethupathi was raised in Rajapalayam until he moved to Chennai in class six. He attended the MGR Higher Secondary School in Kodambakkam and little angels mat hr sec school. He graduated with a B.Com degree from the Dhanraj Baid (D.B.) Jain College (affiliated to University of Madras) in Thoraipakam.

He had to take care of three siblings and moved to Dubai, U.A.E as an accountant only because it paid him four times more than what he was making in India. In those two years in Dubai, he fell in love with Jessie from Kollam in Kerala, whom he met online and married her in 2003. Vijay Sethupathi has three siblings, one elder brother, one younger brother and one younger sister. He returned from Dubai in 2003 to marry his girlfriend, whom he had met and dated online. He has two children, a son Surya and a daughter Shreeja. He named his son Surya in the remembrance of his friend who died during his school days. Surya made his acting debut playing the younger version of Vijay Sethupathi in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015).

He subsequently joined the Chennai-based theatre group Koothu-P-Pattarai as an accountant and actor where he observed actors from close quarters. He made his beginnings as a background actor, particularly playing the role of the lead character's friend in a few films. Besides he acted in television series, including the well-known series Penn that began in March 2006, as well as several short films as part of the television show Nalaya Iyakunar for Kalaignar TV. He worked with Karthik Subbaraj on many short films, who later cast him in his first feature film, subsequently yield him the Best Actor award for one of his films at the Norway Tamil Film Festival short film competition. He is also referred to as "Makkal Selvan" (People's Son) in Tamil Nadu.

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