Vijay Sethupathi is an Indian actor, producer, lyricist and dialogue writer who works predominantly in Tamil films besides few Telugu and Malayalam productions. He has transformed into a successful and popular Indie-film star in Tamil cinema. Vijay has won numerous awards, including two Filmfare Awards South and three Vijay Awards.

Vijay went on to play the villain role in Sundarapandian and got his breakout roles with the films Pizza and Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom. In 2019, Film Companion ranked Sethupathi’s performance in Aandavan Kattalai among the 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade.

Birth Name

Vijaya Gurunatha Sethupathi


Makkal Selvan, Vijay


Actor, Producer, Lyricist, Playback Singer, Screenwriter







Mostly, he has contributed to film songs. His songs are labeled by Sony Music India, Think Music and others.



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Vijay Sethupathi was born on the 16th of January 1978, in Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu, India.


He is currently 42 years old.

Sun Sign




Asian (Indian)




Vijay attended MGR higher Secondary School in Kodambakkam and Little Angels Mat HR Secondary School. Later he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the  Dhanraj Baid Jain College (an affiliate of the University of Madras) in Thoraipakam.

Family Details

  • Father – Kalimuthu
  • Mother – Saraswathi
  • Siblings – He has two brothers (1 older and 1 younger) and one younger sister.

Marital Status


Girlfriend / Spouse

Vijay Sethupathi has dated –

  • Jessie Sethupathi (2001-Present) – Vijay relationship started online when he was in Dubai. They dated for 2 years and got married in 2003. He has a son and daughter with Jessie named Surya Sethupathi and Shreeja Sethupathi respectively.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 9 inches
  • In centimeters – 175 cm
  • In meters – 175 m


  • In Kilograms – 84 kg
  • In Pounds – 185 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements –  40-14-34
  • Chest – 40 in or 101.5 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 14 in or 35.5 cm
  • Waist – 34 in or 86.5 cm

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

He wears a size 10.5 (US) shoe.



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Vijay breakthrough roles in the films like Pizza (2012) and Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012) made him instantly popular amongst the audience. He has won numerous awards, including two Filmfare Awards South and three Vijay Awards.

Film Debut

In 2004, Vijay started his acting career in the role of Boxing spectator in the Tamil film M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi directed by M. Raja, starring Jayam Ravi, Asin, Nadhiya and Prakash Raj.

In 2010, Vijay first debuted as a lead role in Tamil film, Thenmerku Paruvakaatru which is written and directed by Seenu Ramasamy and produced by Shibu Issac.

Television Debut

In 2006, Vijay made his first acting role in television by appearing as Bharani in the TV drama series, Penn which was aired on Sun TV.

Brand Endorsements

Vijay has served as the brand ambassador for the following- Anil foods (2017), Indian Pro Kabbadi League for the team Tamil Thalaivas (2018) & Mandee online app (2019) – Mandee is India’s first online food commodity market.

Vijay Sethupathi Favorites

  • Favorite ActorsPrabhu DevaRajinikanth, Dhanush
  • Favorite Movies – Muthal Mariyathai (1985), Hey Ram (2000)
  • Favorite Director – M. Manikandan, Mani Ratnam
  • Favorite Car – 60’s model Benz
  • Favorite Color – Black
  • Favorite Food – Biryani

Vijay Sethupathi Net worth

Vijay Sethupathi has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars as of 2020. Vijay is one of the most sought actor in Kollywood who takes Rs 2 to 3 crores per films. He lives in a luxury house in Virugambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is seen driving around in Mercedes-Benz and BMW Series 7 and also owns a Jawa motorcycle.

Social Media Portfolio

Some Lesser Known Facts About Vijay Sethupathi

  • During his college days, he worked in a series of odd jobs like salesman, cashier and phone both operator for pocket money.
  • He was a below average student in school and college.
  • Vijay tried his luck in CA and ICWA foundation, but couldn’t clear his exams.
  • After graduation, Vijay Sethupathi decided to move to Dubai for work to support his family where he worked as an accountant.
  • In 2004, Vijay joined the theatre group Koothu-P-Pattarai as an accountant and as an actor.
  • In 2012, Sethupathi has won Norway Tamil Film Festival short film competition for Best Actor.
  • Vijay was supposed to act in Balu Mahendra’s Anal Kaatru but the film was shelved and never took off.
  • In August 2014, Sethupathi participated in a rally to raise awareness on Muscular Dystrophy at Marina Beach organized by the Chennai Mayopathy Institute of Muscular Dystrophy & Research Center.
  • In 2015, Vijay launches his own production company called Vijay Sethupathi Productions.
  • In 2015, he was first seen in the political thriller, Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai  directed by S. P. Jananathan.
  • In 2016, Sethupathi worked as a producer, dialogue writer, playback singer and lyricist in the Tamil film Orange Mittai.
  • In 2016, Vijay acted in the music video of the Spirit of Chennai a Tamil song.
  • In 2016, he was first seen in the police action thriller Sethupathi directed by S. U. Arunkumar.
  • In 2019, Film Companion ranked Sethupathi’s performance in Aandavan Kattalai among the 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade.


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