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Published: Sunday July 20, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday July 21, 2014 MYT 2:40:26 PM

A teen shares why actor Joseph 'Ilayathalapathy' Vijay is her hero

Joseph Vijay

Joseph Vijay

Tamil movie star Joseph Vijay is an inspiration to a young teenage girl, for his acting talent and his off-screen work.

Inspiration. The word speaks a thousand words to me. Today, at 19, I can draw up an endless list of people who have inspired me. In fact, almost every day I meet people who inspire me in some way or other.

To begin with, my mum and dad would be my very first inspirational figures, followed by my siblings, relatives and friends. And when I started watching TV and listening to music, I came across a few inspiring people there too. The most significant ones would be Lionel Messi, one of the finest footballers that the world has ever seen, and the boys of One Direction.

However, I’m unable to suppress the urge to mention my very first celebrity inspiration. He’s my first love, I’d say.I wouldn’t say he is world-famous, but he is well-known enough to have his very own fanbase, spanning from across Canada to Australia. He is very popular amongst the Indians especially, as he is one of the most prominent South Indian actors.

He goes by the name Joseph Vijay. He is fondly called Ilayathalapathy (young knight) and he is also fondly addressed as Anna (brother) by his fans.

Born in June 1974, he is now 40 and one of the most significant figures in the Tamil movie industry with a massive number of dedicated fans. Though he was the son of a movie director, he reached the height of his career through his own hard work, perseverance and passion. He went against his father’s will to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor (his father wanted him to become a doctor). And look where it has landed him today!

Although he had a rough beginning, he reached the peak of his career through sheer determination. Having been in the Tamil industry for more than two decades and acted in 55 movies, Vijay has been involved in numerous hit movies. Though he began as a “lover boy”, he went on to shine as a mass action hero. Apart from that, he was also adored for his amazing singing talent and arguably incredible dance moves.

However, he had a down turn in his career between the years 2007 and 2011, and received a lot of criticism. Yet, his fans stood by him and supported him throughout the tough times until he gained momentum in 2011 again with the movie Kaavalan, a touching love story. He then went on to silence his critics and detractors with the 2012 blockbuster Thuppakki, and once again proved what he was capable of. And the recent show Jilla, in which he acted alongside Malayalam biggie Mohanlal, is a huge success.

No matter how many successes he has achieved, he remains humble and kind. His silent demeanour makes people wonder if he is actually the same shimmering star on the screen. He takes time off his hectic schedule to painlessly serve the people who are suffering from hunger and poverty.

He even turned his official fan club into an active organisation which reaches out to people stricken by poverty. He also supplies stationery and computers to the schools around the area. Yet, he has never publicly spoken about it. He has kept a low profile, doing it all on his own time and accord.

He has inspired not only me, but millions of fans around the world in so many ways. The list is endless. Yet, as an actor, celebrity and famous figure, he has his share of haters too. There are people who are ignorant of his talents, achievements and successes. Nevertheless, you’ll always be my hero, Vijay, on and off screen!

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