Vijay Antony is an Indian music composer, playback singer, actor, film editor, lyricist, audio engineer and film producer working in the Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries. He made his debut as music director in 2005. He is the first Indian to win the 2009 Cannes Golden Lion for the song Naaka Mukka advertising film in the Best Music category. The song propelled his fame and was played at the 2011 Cricket World Cup. With his debut film being Naan in 2012, he is known for his films in the action, drama and thriller genres.
|Occupation||Sound engineer, Music director, Actor, Producer, Playback singer, Lyricist, Editor|
|Spouse(s)||Fatima Vijay Antony|
|Relatives||Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai (Great-grandfather)|
Vijay Antony was born in Nagercoil. His father died when he was seven years old and his sister was four. He graduated at Loyola college of arts and science. They pushed into difficult days and his mother took up a government job to educate the children and support the family. He is the great-grandson of Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai (1826–1889), also known as Mayavaram Vedanayagam Pillai, an Indian civil servant who is remembered for the authorship of Prathapa Mudaliar Charithram, recognized as the first modern Tamil novel.
Antony made his acting debut in the lead role in the crime thriller Naan. The film's standalone sequel titled Salim, an action thriller, was his next venture as an actor and music director. Both the films were sleeper hits. In 2015, he starred in the romantic comedy India Pakistan but did not compose the music. In 2016, he acted in the action thriller Pichaikkaran (2016), collaborating with his Dishyum director Sasi. It became a commercial success, with overall collections nearing 40 Crore .The Telugu version Bichagadu was a Blockbuster in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with an overall gross of 20 Cr. Its success gave rise to a number of remakes in various languages. It was remade in Odia as Baby starring Anubhav Mohanty, in Marathi as Bhikari starring Swapnil Joshi and in Kannada as Amma I Love You starring Chiranjeevi Sarja. His next was Saithan, an action thriller directed by debutant Pradeep Krishnamurthy.
He appeared in the 2017 political action thriller Yaman directed by Jeeva Shankar. Produced by A. Subaskaran under the banner Lyca Productions, it starred Miya and Thiagarajan in lead roles. The film was released on 24 February 2017. His next film was the action drama Annadurai, the story of two brothers of contrasting characters who live their life as fate plays a big part in their personalities. In 2018, he starred in Kaali, a period action film directed by Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi and Thimiru Pudichavan, an action film directed by Ganeshaa.
In 2019, he starred in Kolaigaran, an action thriller directed by Andrew Louis.He played with Arjun Sarja. He as the investigative cop is fabulous while Vijay Antony, who calls himself a “limited actor”, does a neat job with his deadpan delivery. His next releases scheduled for the year are the action films Agni Siragugal, Thamilarasan and Khaakhi.
|2006||Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|2009||TN 07 AL 4777||Himself||Cameo appearance in "Aathichudi" song|
|2012||Naan||Karthik / Mohammed Salim||Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Newcomer Actor|
|Nambiar||Himself||Cameo appearance in "Aara Amara" song|
|Mupparimanam||Himself||Cameo appearance in "Let's Go Party" song|
|2018||Kaali||Kaali, Barath||Also producer and also music director|
|Traffic Ramasamy||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|Thimiru Pudichavan||Inspector Murugavel||also music director|
|Naan Avan Illai|
|A Aa E Ee|
|2009||"Aathichudi"||TN 07 AL 4777|
"Naan Unnai Paarkum"
|2010||"Palayankottai"||Aval Peyar Thamizharasi|
|2011||"O My Angel"
|2012||"Poochandi"||Sattam Oru Iruttarai|
|2013||"Thumbakka"||Madha Gaja Raja|
|2012||"Edhirthu nil"||Biriyani||Composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|2014||"Onnuna Rendu"||Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani||Composed by Simon|
|2016||"Lovukku logic ille"||Nayyapudai||Composed by Taj Noor|
- 2002 Chinna Papa Periya Papa (Season 1)
- 2005 Malargal
- 2006 Kana Kaanum Kaalangal
- 2007 Kadhalikka Neramillai
- 2007 Megala
- 2015 Chinna Papa Periya Papa (Season 2)
He is the first Indian to win the 2009 Cannes Golden Lion for the "Nakka Mukka" commercial (for The Times of India) in the Best of Music category. The song raised his fame and was played at the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
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- Sudhir Srinivasan. "Same character different movie". The Hindu.
- Vishal Menon. "I'm not a good actor: Vijay Antony". The Hindu.
- "No one will want to play a beggar in a film, but I did". The Times of India.
- "Review : Pichaikkaran review: Entertaining! (2016)". www.sify.com. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- "Each time I have worked on a remake my compositions have stood out:Gurukiran", Times of India, 9 June 2018[verification needed]
- "Vijay Antony gets Superstar Rajinikanth's title for next". Top 10 Cinema. 1 April 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
- "Kolaigaran to release on June 5th". Times of India.
- "TOI wins India its first Gold Film Lions at Cannes – Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2012.