- Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
A. L. Vijay
A. L Vijay, credited by his mononym Vijay, is an Indian film executive who works in the Tamil film industry. A disciple of Priyadarshan, he appeared as executive with films like Kireedam and critically acclaimed Madrasapattinam. Vijay later coordinated enormous spending films Deiva Thirumagal and Thaandavam, starring Vikram in both films. Before coordinating films, Vijay was a successful advertisement filmmaker with his banner Venus Ad Films, completing more than 100 ad films. His State Bank of India commercial won CNBC's Best Corporate Advertisement Award in 2009. Vijay has claimed that "advertisements teach you how to translate a story idea onto screen with maximum impact in least time" and is influenced by the ad works of Priyadarshan, Prahlad Kakkar and Babu Shankar. In 2003, he began his career in feature films by joining Priyadarshan as an assistant executive in his films.