Vijay Sethupathi Bio, Height, Weight, Age, Family & Relationship, Salary, Networth and more.

Vijay Setupathi Bio

Vijay sethupathi ” Makkal Selvan” of South Indian Industry is undoubtedly one of the best method actors in this current generation of Indian cinema. He was born on 16 January 1978 and known for his work in films like Vikram Vedha, Soodhu Kavvum, Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, 96, Master and many more. He is predominantly seen in South Indian movies and is going to be seen in Bollywood soon. As a child he didn’t used to be good at studies, he didn’t even know what he would do in his future.His father suggested him to pursue Commerce as a Core subject so that he could do something as an Accountant.

His Journey: Different Shades of Vijay.

Let me tell you his journey has been quite different from others stars in South Indian industry as he has done everything on his own without any godfather in the industry.. His versatility is seen in every movie that he does. From doing a pizza delivery boy in the movie “Pizza” to doing a transgender character in the movie “Super Deluxe” ,You would appreciate how versatile he is as an actor if you would watch his movies. In a career of more than 10 years he has been fortunate enough to play different shades of him and has grown as an Actor who can bring international awards to India in upcoming years.

Hardwork: From Office boy to A star is Born.

After his Graduation he worked as an accountant in a Cement company. He had to take care of his siblings for which he went to U.A.E and worked there for few years and after getting bored from that regular office going life, he came back to India in 2003 and worked as an accountant in Chennai-based theatre group Koothu-P-Pattarai and observed many actors there, where people used to say him that you are so “Photogenic“. and this was when he decided to act and started attending workshops. From doing minor roles in the beginning of his career to doing a full featured film, his journey has been full of struggle but his hardwork paid off. He knew how to be patience while doing hardwork, that’s why he stands among the category of Best actors in India. In 2010 his life changed completely after the release of his first film as a lead Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010), under the direction of Seenu Ramasamy.

Personal Details

Born NameVijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi Kalimuthu
Nick nameMakkal Selvan
OccupationActor,Producer,Screenwriter,Playback Singer,Lyricist
AddressChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Educational QualificationBachelor Of Commerce []
SchoolLittle Angels Mat HR Sec School
MGR Higher Secondary School
College/UniversityDhanraj Baid Jain College Schoool
Age42 [as in 2020]
Date of Birth16 January 1978
Mother TongueTamil
Place of BirthRajapalayamTamil Nadu, India
HobbiesSinging , Writin, Travelling, listening to music
HometownRajapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India
Salary3-5 Crores/ Film
Networth$6 million approximately


Debut TAMIL: M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi. [2004]
TV: Penn[ 2006]
Production : Orange Mittai [2015]
Singing&Lyricist: Straight Ah poyee[2015]
ControversiesHe was cast in the biopic of famous Shrilankan Cricketer Murlidharan, He even shared the poster of the film. But after the announcement of the film, his fans started the trend of boycotting the film on Twitter, because of the fact that Indian Tamils who resides in ShriLanka often face injustice and harassment by the people of Shri Lanka, Fans did not want Vijay to do any role of Shrilankan personality. After this Murlidharan himself sent a letter to Vijay to not to do the film.

The actor got into a controversy where he was seen cutting his birthday cake with a sword. A pic from the set of Sethupathi’s upcoming movie directed by Ponram went viral in which he was cutting his birthday cake by a sword.
The actor apologized after the incident and said he would be more careful from now.

Car & Bike Collection

CarsBMW 7 series

Mini Cooper

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota Innova Crysta

Hyundai Grand i10

Mahindra XUV500
BikesBMW G3 10 GS

Triumph Bonneville Classic.

1974 model Jawa

Height and Physical Stats

Heightin inches: 5’9″
in centimeters : 175cm
in meters : 1.79m
Weightin kilograms: 65kg
In pounds: 143lbs
Body MeasurmentChest : 39 inches
Waist: 33 inches
Biceps: 12 inches
Eye colourBlack
Hair colourBlack
Sexual orientationStraight
Distinctive FeaturesHis photogenic face

Family & Relationships

BrotherAnna , Thambi
Father Kalimuthu[ was a Civil Engineer]
Marital StatusMarried.
WifeJessy Sethupathi
ChildrenDaughter : Sheerja Setupathi
Son : Surya Sethupathi.

Awards and Achievements.

2012 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Villain for “Sundarapandian”
2012 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Actor
Edison Awards (India) Best Male Rising Star
7th Vijay Awards Best Actor (Special Jury Award)
for “Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom”
2017 Filmfare Award for Best Actor Tamil -for “Vikram Vedha”
2019 Filmfare Awards South Best Actor-for “96”
2016 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards for Best Actor
Asia vision Awards for Best Actor
for “Dharma Durai”

Some Magazine Covers..

Favourite Things

ActorRajinikanth, Dhanush
DestinationKerela,Japan and Washington DC
FoodSouth Indian, Spanish
SportsFootball, Hockey
DirectorM. Manikandan, Mani Ratnam
ColourBlack, Blue

Lesser known Facts

  • He used to smoke and drinks occasionally.
  • He does’t see himself on screen : I hate to see my face on screen. I can’t see my expressions, because i can’t judge it and then i loose my confidence. So i don’t go and see the monitor unless and until my director forces me to watch.
  • At age 16, he auditioned for a role in Nammavar (1994), but got rejected because of his short height.
  • As a teenage he never thought of becoming an Actor.
  • When he first read the Script of “Super Deluxe” ,he found the character so challenging which took him 60 retakes on the first day of the shoot. He later on decided to not take a single penny for the film ,So he did’t take any money for the film.
  • He has worked in phone boot, restaurants and show rooms as a part time employee.
  • He went to Dubai and worked there on a remuneration of Rs12000 per month which was 3 times higher than that of his earlier salary.
  • After joining Theatre he used to give Auditions as well, not for the big roles but for small roles of 5-7 seconds and that’s how he worked in many Uncredited roles for 5 years.
  • His family members always used to tell him to left his career as an actor and start doing a normal job in office.
  • “Pizza” is considered as a game changer for him as he got huge popularity among masses because of his performance.Film earned 8 Crores on a budget of 1.5 Crores.
  • His first pay check was Rs 5Lakhs.
  • He got surprised when he was complimented by ShahRukh Khan.
  • He met R.Madhvan in Vikram Vedha only on the day when the face off scene Between 2 had to be shot.
  • After seeing his Versatility in VikramVedha, R.Madhvan could not resist himself to compare Vijay Sethupatji with Legendary actor Kamla Hassan.
  • His fans call him “Makkal Selvan” which means “People’s man” because of his humble nature.The name was given to him by the director “Seenu Ramasamy“. During the shooting of his film “Dharma Durai” (2016), he went before the crew members at the shooting location and smelled some tamarind rice being cooked, he just sat there with the workers and ate some rice with them and when Seenu arrived he shared some rice with him too at that time Seenu decided to give him a title name which means people’s Humble man “Makkal Selvan”
  • He has done many short films before appearing in movies
  • Vijay has even launched those directors in the Industry whom he had worked earlier in short films.
  • He met his wife Jessey on Internet and started dating online . At that time both used to talk on E-malis and got married in 2003
  • He has his son’s name(Surya) on the remembrance of his late childhood friend’s name “Surya”.
  • Vijay’s son has even Acted with him in a film.
  • He signed Petta only to work with “Rajnikant” and “Nawazuddin Siddiqui” where he understood many things from them. Nawaz also appreciated him by saying “Vijay” is a very good actor because he plays his character very easily and that’s a good quality of an actor
  • He played a role of 85 year old man in the movie “Sitakathi” for which he used to get prosthetic makeup for 4 hours daily which shows his dedication towards his work.

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