On the occasion of Thalapathy Vijay, take a look at his heroic journey of becoming superstar of the South.

Thalapathy Vijay, whose original name is Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar, is celebrating his birthday today, June 22.

The actor is unarguably the most popular superstar in the film industry and enjoys a huge fan base all around the Southern states

Vijay has gone on to achieve a star status, which can even be compared to the one enjoyed by big stars like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, and others.

Thalapathy Vijay is one of the highest-paid actors in India. He has acted in 65 films, and most of them are blockbuster hits.

Vijay is one of the very few South actors to get featured in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List.

In a 2010 interview, Vijay admitted that he is a huge fan of Rajinikanth and that the time he entered films was around the release of Thalapathi.

Here's wishing the superstar of Kollywood, Thalapathy Vijay, a very happy birthday!