Vijaya Gurunatha “Vijay” Sethupathi (born 16 January 1978), is an Indian film actor, producer, lyricist, and dialogue writer who works in Tamil films. He is also referred to as "Makkal Selvan" (People's Son) in Tamil Nadu. Following a stint as an accountant, Sethupathi began considering an acting career. He started his film career working as a background actor, playing minor supporting roles for over five years, before playing his first lead role in Seenu Ramasamy's Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010). He went on to play the villain role in Sundarapandian (2012), and got his breakout roles with the films Pizza (2012) and Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012). He continued to star in successful films such as Soodhu Kavvum (2013), Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara (2013), Pannaiyarum Padminiyum (2014), Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015), Sethupathi, Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (2016), Dharma Durai (2016), Kavan (2017), Vikram Vedha (2017) and Karuppan (2017) all of which earned critical and commercial success, and turned Vijay Sethupathi into a bankable and popular "Indie-film star" in Tamil cinema.