Vijaya Gurunatha “Vijay” Sethupathi (born 16 January 1978), is an
Indian film actor, producer, lyricist, and dialogue writer who works
in Tamil films. He is also referred to as "Makkal Selvan" (People's
Son) in Tamil Nadu.
Following a stint as an accountant, Sethupathi began considering an
acting career. He 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
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012). He continued to star in
successful films such as
Soodhu Kavvum (2013), Idharkuthane
Aasaipattai Balakumara (2013),
Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (2014), Naanum
Rowdy Dhaan (2015), Sethupathi,
Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum
Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (2016),
Dharma Durai (2016), Kavan (2017),
Vikram Vedha (2017) and Karuppan
(2017) all of which earned critical and commercial success, and turned
Vijay Sethupathi into a bankable and popular "indie-film star" in
1 Early life
2 Film career
3 Other work
4 Personal life
7 External links
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. 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: Salesman at a
retail store, cashier at a fast food joint and a phone booth
operator. He graduated with a
B.Com degree from the Dhanraj Baid
(D.B.) Jain College (affiliated to 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,
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.
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 recalls that once Balu Mahendra
remarked that he had a "very photogenic face", and motivated him
to pursue an acting career.
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
having had an "important role in helping him realise his dreams".
Suseenthiran, furthermore, recommended Sethupathi to director Seenu
Ramasamy and Sethupathi landed his first lead role in Ramasamy's drama
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
2012 marked a turning point in Vijay 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
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, is perfectly conveyed by the
actor". With regard to Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, The Times
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
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, Indiaglitz.com 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 [an] 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
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
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
Vijay Sethupathi as Sumar Moonji Kumar
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. The actor is a revelation in the climax sequence, showing
the other dimension of his acting.
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
Tamil film which 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
Vijay 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
Vanmam directed by debutant Jaikrishna. Though the film
was met with average reviews, Vijay Sethupathi's performance was
praised by critics. Malini Mannath from
The New Indian Express
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 Vijay Sethupathi's performance was highly
praised. The Times of
India reviewer M. Suganth cited that "Vijay
Sethupathi redeems everything with a sensitive performance.Balusamy
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 till date.
In 2016, he was first seen in the police action drama 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
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
Deccan Chronicle wrote that Vijay 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. 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. Next film with KV Anand movie titled Kavan
which got maximum positive reviews from critics. His next movie Vikram
Vedha directed by
Pushkar-Gayathri became a critically acclaimed
success and was a high grosser at the box office.
Chennai Mayopathy Institute of Muscular Dystrophy &
Research Center has organized a rally on 3 August at Marina Beach to
raise awareness on Muscular Dystrophy.
Vijay Sethupathi has taken part
in the rally along with actresses
Gayathrie and Varalaxmi
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
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015).
Vijay Sethupathi filmography
^ Pizza –
Vijay Sethupathi birthday special: Must watch movies of
the actor. The Times of
India (16 January 2017) "...the rising star
celebrates his 39th birthday..."
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^ SUDHIR SRINIVASAN (29 June 2016). "'
Facebook affected me as a
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^ "Audio Beat: Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom". The Hindu. 21 July
^ IANS (4 February 2013). "Not in hurry to sign films". The New indian
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^ BARADWAJ RANGAN (9 April 2013). "Bergman, who? Hello new-age
directors!". The Hindu.
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Sethupathi. Deccan Chronicle
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^ a b Y. Sunita Chowdhary (2 December 2012). "In a happy space". The
^ a b c d e f K. R. Manigandan (16 September 2012). "Beyond numbers".
^ "30 Minutes with
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^ "Vijay Sethupathi: From an accountant to the most bankable Tamil
actor – Economic Times". The Economic Times. 29 June 2013.
^ "Metro Plus Madurai / Telewatch : Another soap". The Hindu. 4
^ "Metro Plus Bangalore / Columns : The 'reel' life". The Hindu.
3 June 2011.
^ Raghavi 2 (25 April 2011). "Norway Tamil Film Festival –
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^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (21 July 2012). "Audio Beat: Naduvula Konjam
Pakkatha Kaanom". The Hindu.
^ Mannath, Malini (4 January 2011). "Thenmerku Paruvakaatru". The New
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Hindu. 26 December 2010.
^ "Thenmerkku Paruvakatru Movie Review". Behindwoods. 26 December
^ "Movie Review : Thenmerku". Sify. 26 December 2010.
^ Petlee Peter (21 May 2011). "Plans to release award-winning movie
afresh". The Hindu.
^ "B-list actors turn safe bets for K-town". The Times of India. 21
Vijay Sethupathi signs up 'Rummy'". The Times of India. 14 December
^ "Vijay Sethupathy- Hat trick herooooo". Sify. 18 December
^ N Venkateswaran (16 September 2012). "Sundarapandian". The Times of
^ "Pizza movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer". The Times of India.
21 October 2012.
^ Malathi Rangarajan (20 October 2012). "Pizza: Freshly made". The
^ Mannath, Malini (23 October 2012). "'Pizza' (Tamil)". The New Indian
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom
Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom movie review: Wallpaper, Story,
Trailer". The Times of India. 1 December 2012.
^ "The New Vijay Takes The First Two Spots". Behindwoods. 19 December
^ "Vijay Sethupathi's films go to Norway". The Times of India. TNN. 24
^ "6th Edition Edison Awards – Popping up the bottles of success".
ChennaiOnline. 12 February 2013.
^ "> News > Company Briefs > K Balachander awarded Life time
Achievement award". afaqs!. 14 February 2013.
^ a b "Top Tamil actors of 2012". IndiaGlitz. 31 December 2012.
Baradwaj Rangan (14 December 2012). "Bergman, who? Hello new-age
directors!". The Hindu.
^ Mannath, Malini (4 May 2013). "'Soodhu Kavvum' (Tamil)". The New
^ N. Venkateswaran (4 May 2012). "Woodhull Vacuum is a rage among
audiences". The Times of India.
^ Haricharan Pudipeddi (2 October 2013). "Idharkuthane Aasaipattai
Balakumara : Entertainment with a purpose". The New Indian
^ S. Saraswathi (2 October 2013). "Review: Idharkuthane Aasaipattai
Balakumara is a laugh riot". Rediff.
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara Movie Review". Behindwoods. 2
^ Venkadesan S (22 November 2012). "
Vijay Sethupathi on a roll!". The
New Indian Express.
Vijay Sethupathi wanted Padmini!". The Times of India. TNN. 2
^ "7 films to be screened at Indian Cinema Now at IFFK". The Hindu. 2
Vijay Sethupathi was the villain". The Times of India. 27 June
Vijay Sethupathi unhappy with cheap publicity tactics". The Times
of India. 28 June 2014.
^ Malini Mannath (23 November 2014). "
Vanmam Movie Review : Big
Treat for Fans of Sethupathi". The New Indian Express.
Vanmam Movie Review". Behindwoods. 21 November 2014.
^ M. Suganth (15 May 2015). "
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai
Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai Movie
Review". The Times of India.
^ S. Saraswathi (18 May 2015). "Review: Purampokku... is a compelling
political thriller". Rediff.
^ "Sethupathi: A good thriller, a better family drama". The Hindu. 19
^ "'Sethupathi' review:
Vijay Sethupathi outshines many other
Kollywood heroes as the cop". dna. 19 February 2016.
^ "Sethupathi Review: One More Feather in Sethupathi's Hat". The New
Indian Express. 21 February 2016.
^ "Sethupathi movie review: A well-made entertainer that is not to be
missed!". Deccan Chronicle. 20 February 2016.
^ Subha J. Rao (30 May 2015). "Looks don't matter, roles do". The
Vijay Sethupathi is now called Makkal Selvan!. Bollywoodlife.com (22
February 2016). Retrieved on 2018-01-10.
^ Subramanian, Anupama (21 February 2016) Vijay the ‘Makkal
Selvan’. Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved on 2018-01-10.
^ "Vijay Sethupathi, Varu, Gayathri at Muscular Dystrophy Awareness".
Indiaglitz. 3 August 2014.
^ "Vijay Sethupathi, Gayathri and Varalakshmi at Mayo Rally for
Muscular Dystrophy Awareness". Glofocus. 4 August 2014.
^ Subha J. Rao (18 June 2013). "Hits, no misses". The Hindu.
^ "Vijay Sethupathi's son plays a role in Naanum Rowdydhaan".
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