Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar (born 22 June 1974), mononymously known as Vijay and popularly referred to as Ilayathalapathy Vijay (English: Young Leader), is an Indian actor, playback singer and producer, who works in the Tamil film industry. Son of film director and producer S. A. Chandrasekhar, he started his career as a child actor and later made his debut as a lead actor in the 1992 film Naalaya Theerpu helmed by S. A. Chandrasekhar, and has since then starred in numerous commercially successful and acclaimed films in various genres, the most recent one being Thuppakki. He was listed #28 in Forbes India top 100 Celebrities for the year 2012.