P Vijay (Pa Vijay) is a Tamil poet and film lyricist, who wrote the award-winning lyrics for song’’ Ovvoru Pookalume’’ in Cheran's
Autograph in Kollywood film industry. This lyricist had an extensive impact on Tamil cinema and was considered to be a gem writer of many songs that had featured in many movies. This poet and lyricist-writer were born in a middle-class family where his mother was a school teacher, and father worked as a spinning master in a textile mill in Coimbatore.
The actor was born in Coimbatore on 20 October 1974 and did his MA Literature in Tamil from Annamalai University. This poet was a discovery of director K
Bhagyaraj, who was his family friend. He was associated with K. Bhagyaraj in the magazine ‘Bhagya’ and even got a chance to pen his lyrics for film Gnanapazham, which had music by K. Bhagyaraj himself.
But it was in 2004 when the film ‘Autograph’ was released, his song ’Ovvoru Pookalume"’ became an instant hit. Dr. Karunanidhi had given him the title’ Vithaga Kavignar’ and he came to be known as one of the best poets in Tamil Literature. Even poet Vali felt that Pa Vijay was part of him and claimed that he alone can be his successor in the field of cinema lyrics. Pa Vijay is still humble despite he has contributed in literary field by writing many books. He considered Kannadasan and Vairamuthu as his role model. He also acted in lead roles in films like ‘Gnabagangal’, ‘Ilaignan ‘and ‘
He made his debut as a director for a comedy horror movie ‘
Strawberry’ where he even appeared as an actor. Born in Kumbakonam, he was brought in Coimbatore and had a strong liking in writing poetry from his childhood. He is the only person in his family who got a chance to act or write a song in cinema. Initially, he was trained in cinema field for nearly four years. He has written more than 1,200 songs in his career spanning 19 years. He stared in 1996 and 2016 he will be completing 20 years as a lyrics writer. As per screenplay, he is used to writing some songs for youth primarily. Even his song ’Ovvoru Pookalume, became almost the anthem for the young generation, and they get inspired for self-development. As a lyrics writer, he can write a song as per the demand of screenplay. He is a trendsetter lyrics writer for the younger generation and feels his lyrics should serve to introduce a young fan base to tap the heart-beats of youth forever.
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Pa. Vijay is a poet and a lyricist who writes in Tamil and also pens down lyrics for movies. He was a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for the song Ovvoru Pookalume in the movie Autograph. He was born on October 20 in the year 1974 in Tamil Nadu.
He is a native of Kumbakonam but spent his childhood in Coimbatore. He completed schooling from Ramalingam Chettiyar Higher Secondary School in Coimbatore and graduated from the Annamalai University. He had an interest towards writing poems right from his childhood.K. Bhagyaraj’s brother was a family friend of Pa. Vijay and introduced him to K. Bhagyaraj who worked with him in his magazine and his films.
Vijay worked with him for about four years. Then, Vijay made progress in the industry through his lyrics in Gnanapazham in the year 1996 and also wrote a series of widely hummed songs. The list of Films for which he penned down lyrics is
Nee Varuvai Ena in 1999, Vanathai Pola, Vetri Kodi Kattu, Thenali in 2000, Ullam Kollai Pogutha, Paarvai Ondre Podhume in 2001,
Charlie Chaplin, Sundara Travels, April Madhathil in 2002.
His songs were also a part of Pokkiri, Sivaji:
The Boss in 2007, Aegan in 2008,
Guru En Aalu, Sarvam in 2009,7aam Arivu in 2011,
English Vinglish in 2012, Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru in 2013, among many others. Vijay also tried his hand at acting in 2009 with the film Gnabagangal.
The script of the film, that he wrote, was based on the life of an aspiring lyricist who falls in love with a girl and the events that take place concerning their relationship and his career as a lyricist. The film was a simple love story, devoid of item songs or other glamorous elements. After this, he starred in 2011 in Ilaignan where he played the role of a laborer. Vijay produced and directed Strawberry in 2015.
He was the writer in Rudhramadevi in 2015, an actor in Nayyapudao and Appa in 2016, Aruda in 2018 and is also acting in the movie Thagadu Thagadu which is yet to be announced. He kept his focus on writing but always kept doors open for other opportunities in the fields of acting, directing and producing. Vijay has a career which spans over more than 2000 songs, of which he possesses the lyrics. He was honored with the title of Vithaga Kavignar by the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.