Married to the Tamil kutti,
, A.L. Vijay is a Tamil, film director. He was born on 2 May 1979, in Tamil Nadu. He studied under Priyadarshan, who is an Indian film director, producer and screenwriter and has known to direct about 90 films in various languages.
Vijay’s father, A. L. Azhagappan was the president of Tamil Nadu Producers Council. Azhagappan made an appearance as one of the lead roles in the film Eesan, directed by M. Sasikumar. Vijay has a brother named Udhaya, who is an actor in Tamil films. Before becoming a director, Vijay was an advertisement filmmaker.
Under the banner Venus Ad Films, he completed more than 100 ad films. Vijay, being influenced by the ad works of Priyadarshan and others, claims that creating ads takes out the creativity and transfers it onto the screen with maximum impact in minimum time.
He won CNBC’s Best Corporate Advertisement Award in 2009 for his commercial for the State Bank of India. From an advertisement filmmaker, Vijay started his career in feature films in 2003. He started out in the directorial field as an assistant director for Priyadarshan and made his debut with Kireedam in 2007. Kireedam was a remake of the film directed by
, under the same name in 1989.
The original was changed to about 80% for Vijay’s remake. The film got positive reviews from various critics and Vijay earned fame for taking a chance and daring to create an out of the ordinary movie. After Kireedam, Vijay once again worked as an assistant to Priyadarshan for the film Kanchivaram. After that, Vijay and Priyadarshan worked together for another film titled
Poi Solla Porom
, which was filmed in 34 days.
The movie won critical acclaim for good dialogue and originality. Madrasapattinam was one the biggest projects for Vijay, starring Arya and , winner of the English Miss Teen World. The movie, a love story between an English woman and a launderer in India, was set during the 1940’s in Madras Presidency.
The film was dubbed in Telugu as 1947: A love story and got good reviews in both languages. The movie was nominated for numerous awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for
Filmfare Awards South
and a song from the movie ‘Pookal Pookum” won the Best Song of the year at the Mirchi Music Awards.
Vijay is known to have connected with the audience and the actors to give the best. A few people such as cinematographer
, music director G.V. Prakash Kumar, production designer
and editor Anthony are part of his “regular crew”. On 12 June 2014, the director married the actress Amala Paul, and it was rumoured that they were expecting a first child.