Vijaya Gurunatha “Vijay” Sethupathi, is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist, and dialogue writer who works predominantly in Tamil films besides few Telugu and Malayalam productions Following a stint as an accountant, Sethupathi began considering an acting career. Vijay Sethupathi started his film career working as a background actor, playing minor supporting roles for over five years, before playing his first lead role in Seenu Ramasamy’s Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010).
He went on to play the villain role in Sundarapandian (2012) and got his breakout roles with the films Pizza (2012) and Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012). He has starred in more than 25 films. Over the Years, Vijay Sethupathi has transformed into a successful and popular “Indie-film star” in Tamil cinema.
Vijay Sethupathi Family
Vijay Sethupathi was born and raised in Rajapalayam until he moved to Chennai in class six. He lived in Ennore located in North Chennai. He attended the MGR Higher Secondary School in Kodambakkam and Little Angels Mat HR Sec School. According to Sethupathi, he was a “below-average student right from school” and was neither interested in sports nor extra-curricular activities.
Sethupathi did a series of odd jobs for pocket money: a salesman at a retail store, a cashier at a fast-food joint and a phone booth operator. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Dhanraj Baid Jain College (an affiliate of the University of Madras) in Thoraipakam. A week after he finished college, he joined as an account assistant at a wholesale cement business. He had to take care of three siblings and moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates 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 met a woman, Jessie, online. The two dated, eventually marrying in 2003.
Unhappy with his job, he returned to India in 2003. After a brief stint in the interior decoration business with friends, he joined a marketing company that dealt with readymade kitchens when he saw Koothupattarai’s poster. He recalled director Balu Mahendra remarking that he had a “very photogenic face”, and motivated him to pursue an acting career.
Vijay Sethupathi Net Worth
Famous Movie Actor Vijay Sethupathi’s net worth is $61 Million at the age of 41 years old. He earned the money being a professional Movie Actor. He is from India.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2019 (Approx)||$61 Million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2018(Approx)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Movie Actor|
Vijay Sethupathi Career/Movies
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.
Sethupathi accompanied a group of actors who went to director Selvaraghavan’s studio to audition for his gangster film Pudhupettai (2006) and was selected to play Dhanush’s friend in the film. Following Pudhupettai, he was associated with a Tamil-Kannada bilingual film called Akhaada. While he was selected to play the lead in the Tamil version, the director offered him the antagonistic role in its Kannada version. However, the film did not see a theatrical release.
After making an appearance in Prabu Solomon’s Lee (2007), he was cast by director Suseenthiran in minor supporting roles in his first two projects, Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009) and Naan Mahaan Alla (2010). Sethupathi would later credit Suseenthiran with having had an “important role in helping him realize his dreams”. Suseenthiran, furthermore, recommended Sethupathi to director Seenu Ramasamy and Sethupathi landed his first lead role in Ramasamy’s drama film Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2011), in which he portrayed a shepherd, the film went on to win three National Film Awards including the prize for the Best Tamil Feature Film of that year.
2012 marked a turning point in Sethupathi’s career; all his three releases were critical and commercial successes, resulting in a rise in his popularity. He was first seen in a negative role in Sundarapandian which featured M. Sasikumar in the lead role, and then played the lead roles in the directorial debuts of Karthik Subbaraj and Balaji Tharaneetharan, the thriller film Pizza and the comedy entertainer Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, respectively.
He enacted the role of Michael, a delivery boy in the former and a young man named Prem who sustains short-term memory loss two days before his marriage in the latter, with his performance in both films being praised by critics. Malini Mannath from The New Indian Express in her review of Pizza wrote: “Sethupathy, a delight to watch, carries the entire film on his shoulders. His voice perfectly modulated, he proves his versatility and acumen to handle any role. Michael’s nightmarish experience and his fear and horror when he’s trapped in the mansion are perfectly conveyed by the actor”. With regard to Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, The Times of India reviewer M. Suganth cited that Sethupathi “continues his superb show from Pizza conveying Prem’s peculiar condition with vacant stares and amusing pauses between his lines”, further noting: “That he never makes the character’s repetitive dialogues irritating is a proof of his terrific timing”.
According to a survey published by BBC Tamil, Pizza and Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom claimed the first two spots in a Best Films list, and both films competed at the 2013 Norway Tamil Film Festival, while Sethupathi won two awards, one for each film, at the Edison Awards and the Big FM Tamil Entertainment Awards. By the end of the year, named Sethupathi as one of 2012’s best Tamil actors, and called him “the rising star of Kollywood”. whilst film critic Baradwaj Rangan stated that Sethupathi had become “sort of indie-film star, the first-ever in Tamil cinema”.
In 2013, he was first seen in the crime comedy Soodhu Kavvum that saw him playing the role of a forty-year-old kidnapper. The film opened to extremely positive reviews and has become a huge success at the box office. Malini Mannath from The New Indian Express in her review wrote: “It’s laudable that the actor doesn’t hesitate to take a role that has him playing a 40-year-old man, greying and with a paunch”. The Times of India reviewer N. Venkateswaran cited that “His knack of choosing good roles and working with new directors brimming with ideas will stand him in good stead, as also the work he puts in to portray each character. He put on weight and grew a beard to play Das, and the look fits him to a ‘T'”.
His next release was Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara, directed by Gokul. It was met with positive reviews by critics and Vijay Sethupathi’s performance was highly praised. Haricharan Pudipeddi from The New Indian Express in his review wrote: “Vijay Sethupathi has become a darling of the masses. Scene after scene, the audience hoots and cheers for him in unison.” Rediff reviewer S.Saraswathi cited that “His greatest strength lies in being able to counter the stereotypical image of heroes in commercial cinema today.
In every film, we see him in a completely different avatar, and his latest film is no different. Vijay Sethupathi seems to have the knack of choosing the right role and script and he effortlessly slips into his character as Kumar. Behindwoods stated that Sethupathi “has done it yet again, raising his pennant higher, making himself more visible to his fervent fans. The depth in his innocence and the foolhardiness in his love are a couple of things that stand tall in the character he plays, and Vijay Sethupathi has pulled it off in grand style.”.
In 2014, His films Rummy and Pannaiyarum Padminiyum were released, both directed by debutants. Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, based on its same-titled short film, revolved around an old man and his vintage car Premier Padmini, with Sethupathi starring as its chauffeur. The film opened to predominantly positive reviews from critics and is the only Tamil film that has been selected to be screened at the 19th International Film Festival of Kerala.
The same year Akhaada was being dubbed into Tamil as Edakku by its makers, to profit from Sethupathi’s popularity in Tamil Nadu. The film was being promoted as a Sethupathi film, with the actor being prominently featured in the posters, although he had only a minor role in it, and Sethupathi stated that the audience would feel cheated after seeing the film if it was promoted this way.
He was next seen in the action drama Vanmam directed by debutant Jaikrishna. Though the film was met with average reviews, Sethupathi’s performance was praised by critics. Malini Mannath from The New Indian Express in his review wrote: It’s Vijay Sethupathi’s film the whole way. The actor renders a power-packed performance, capturing each nuance of the character with precision and understanding. Behindwoods stated that the stand out element in the film is Vijay Sethupathi, who has managed to attach his performance to the nativity of the location to the best of his ability. The actor scores effortlessly in some portions, one of them being the scene where he breaks into Kreshna’s house under the influence of alcohol.
In 2015, he was first seen in the political thriller Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai directed by S. P. Jananathan. It was met with positive reviews by critics and pathi’s performance was highly praised. The Times of India reviewer M. Suganth cited that “Vijay Sethupathi redeems everything with a sensitive performance. alusamy might be the film’s central character, but it is Yamalingam who is its beating heart.
” Rediff reviewer S.Saraswathi cited that “Vijay Sethupathi, as a tormented soul loath to pull the lever that will release the trapdoor and take a life, is perhaps the best.” In July 2015, his first movie as producer Orange Mittai directed by Biju Viswanath got released and met with positive reviews by the critics and entertainment portals. He was next seen in the rom-com Naanum Rowdy Dhaan directed by Vignesh Shivan which became his highest-grossing movie to date.
In 2016, he was first seen in the police action-thriller Sethupathi directed by S. U. Arunkumar. Sethupathi received praise for his performance. Vishal Menon of The Hindu said that it was a good thriller and a better family drama. Latha Srinivasan of DNA wrote that there were no loud over-the-top dialogues and punchlines that were typical of all on-screen cops in Tamil films and Vijay Sethupathi outshone many other Kollywood heroes as the cop. Malini Mannath of The New Indian Express wrote that “It is another feather in the cap for Vijay Sethupathi, who is revealing his versatility yet again as he handles his role with remarkable understanding.
” Anupama Subramaniam of Deccan Chronicle wrote that “Sethupathi’s moves are full of energy and enthusiasm and his impeccable dialogue delivery is a treat to watch.” He was next seen in the romantic comedy Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum by Nalan Kumaraswamy. His next release was Iraivi followed by Dharma Durai by Seenu Ramasamy, Aandavan Kattalai by Manikandan and Rekka He was nicknamed Makkal Selvan (lit. people’s man) by Seenu Ramasamy while filming Dharma Durai and has been popularly known by that since. His next release was the long-delayed mystery-thriller Puriyatha Puthir. Then, he appeared in the rural drama Karuppan directed by R. Panneerselvam. he same year released the Magnum opus of Sethupathi’s career Vikram Vedha by the directorial couple Pushkar-Gayathri.
In 2018, his first release was Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren directed by Arumugakumar. Then, he acted in the action-comedy Junga which was directed by Gokul and was produced by Sethupathi. He then appeared in Mani Ratnam’s multi-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam. He then acted in 96 directed by C.Prem Kumar which released a week after the release of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam.
He then acted in the Balaji Tharaneetharan directorial Seethakaathi 25th film of Sethupathi’s, Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe and has acted in supporting roles in Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta alongside Rajinikanth. He is acting in a supporting role in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy alongside Chiranjeevi. He is also roped in as a second lead role in Thalapathy Vijay’s 64th film, tentatively titled as Thalapathy 64, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj.
In 2014, the Chennai Mayopathy Institute of Muscular Dystrophy & Research Center organized a rally on 3 August at Marina Beach to raise awareness on Muscular Dystrophy.
Sethupathi has taken part in the rally along with actresses Gayathrie and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar.
|1996||Gokulathil Seethai Audience member|
|2004||M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi Boxing spectator|
|2006||Pudhupettai Anbu’s henchman|
|2007||Lee Football player|
|2009||Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu Kabaddi player|
|2010||Naan Mahaan Alla Ganesh|
Bale Pandiya Pandiya’s brother
Thenmerku Paruvakaatru Murugan
Pizza Michael Karthikeyan
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom C. Prem Kumar
|2013||Soodhu Kavvum Das|
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara Kumaravel (Sumaar Moonji Kumar)
Pannaiyarum Padminiyum Murugesan
Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Himself
Thirudan Police Vinayagam
|2015||Bench Talkies – The First Bench Mahesh|
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Yamalingam
Orange Mittai Kailasam
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan Pandian (‘Pondy’ Pandi)
|2016||Sethupathi Ka. Sethupathi|
Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Kathir
Dharma Durai Dharma Durai
Aandavan Kattalai Gandhi
Vikram Vedha Vedha
Puriyatha Puthir Kathir
Katha Nayagan Phoenix Raj
|2018||Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren Yaman|
Traffic Ramasamy Himself
Imaikkaa Nodigal Vikramadityan
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Rasool Ebrahim
96 K. Ramachandran
Seethakaathi Ayya Aathimoolam
Super Deluxe Shilpa (Manickam)
Marconi Mathai Marconi
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Raaja Pandi
Kadaisi Vivasayi TBA
Sanga Thamizhan Sangamithran and Thamizharasan
Kae Pae Ranasingam TBA
Idam Porul Yaeval TBA TBA
|2020||Thalapathy 64 TBA|
TV Shows & Serials List
|2015||Orange Mittai Producer, dialogue writer, playback singer and lyricist|
|2016||Hello Naan Pei Pesuren Playback singer|
|2017||Kattappava Kanom Narrator|
Ippadai Vellum Narrator
Thiruttu Payale 2 Narrator
Merku Thodarchi Malai Producer
|2019||Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum Playback singer|
Avengers: Endgame Dubbing
Dear Comrade Playback singer
Chennai Palani Mars Dialogue writer
Andava Kaanom TBA Narrator
Some Known Facts About Vijay Sethupathi
- Does Vijay Sethupathi smoke?: Not Known
- Does Vijay Sethupathi drink alcohol?: Yes
- Vijay belongs to a Hindu family.
- Initially, he did many odd jobs – a salesman at a retail store, a cashier at a fast-food joint, and a phone booth operator.
- He started his acting career in 2004 with the role of ‘Boxing spectator’ in the Tamil film ”M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi.”
- In 2010, he acted in numerous short films such as ”Thuru”, ”Neer”, ”Petti Case”, ”Raa Vanam”, ”Kadhal Sutru”, ”Wind”, ”The Angel”, ”Kadhalithu Paar”, and ”Maa Thavam”.
- He won several awards for his role in Tamil film ”Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom” (2012), such as Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Actor, Edison Award (India) for Best Male Rising Star, and 7th Vijay Award for Best Actor (Special Jury Award).
- He wrote and produced the Tamil film ”Orange Mittai” (2015).
- He also wrote and sung several songs such as Straight Ah Poyee and Orae Oru Oorula from the Tamil film ”Orange Mittai” (2015).
- He owns a film production studio named ”Vijay Sethupathi Productions.”
[wps_faq style=”classic” question=”Who is Vijay Sethupathi father?”]Kalimuthu[/wps_faq]
[wps_faq style=”classic” question=”How much does Vijay Sethupathi earn?”]With an average of 3 to 4 movies per year, the actor has making headings while in tinsel town. [/wps_faq]
[wps_faq style=”classic” question=”Who is Vijay Sethupathi wife?”]Jessy Sethupathi[/wps_faq]
[wps_faq style=”classic” question=”Does Vijay Sethupathi smoke?”]The actor added that he himself is a smoker, but he has not learned the habit after seeing movies. “Films which are being made now are not promoting smoking like the movies which did in the 1980s. Filmstars who smoke in movies also did not inspire me to begin this habit,” said Vijay Sethupathi during the audio launch.[/wps_faq]
[wps_faq style=”classic” question=”How much does Vijay earn?”]Thalapathy Vijay is the only actor from this generation to even come close to what Rajinikanth is earning per film. It was announced that Vijay was paid Rs 30 crore for Chimbudevan’s fantasy adventure film Puli. For Mersal, which was made on a lavish budget of Rs 130 crore, his salary was increased.[/wps_faq]