A. L. Vijay is an Indian film director of the Tamil film industry. A disciple of Priyadarshan, he matured as director with films like Kireedam and critically acclaimed Madrasapattinam.
Vijay later directed big budget films Deiva Thirumagal and Thaandavam, starring Vikram in both films. His father A. L. Azhagappan was the president of Tamil Nadu Producers Council and appeared in the film Eesan. His brother Udhaya has also starred in Tamil films.
Prior to directing 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 minimum 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 director in his films.
He made his directorial debut with Kireedam in 2007, a remake of the 1989 film of the same name directed by Sibi Malayil and written by A. K. Lohithadas.
Vijay's version featured Ajith Kumar in the lead role with Trisha Krishnan, Rajkiran, Saranya and Vivek also a part of the cast, while the cinematographer was Tirru, music was composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar and the film was edited by Anthony. Vijay revealed that he "reworked about 80 per cent" from the original version.
Priyadarshan then approached Vijay to remake the Hindi film Khosla Ka Ghosla in Tamil under his production house and hence they collaborated to make Poi Solla Porom.
Vijay revealed that Madrasapattinam was supposed to happen later in his career, but the intervention of producer Kalpathi S. Aghoram of AGS Entertainment realized the viability of the film earlier. The script took six months to write with the help of leading Tamil writer Prabanjan. He also visited independence veterans to understand the history of the city of Madras between 1945 and 1947.
Arya was finalised to play the lead role and English Miss Teen World winner Amy Jackson was selected after Vijay found a picture of her through the internet. Despite being a period film, the film was finished in eight months and released in July 2010.
The production of the film took five months from start to finish, however Vijay claimed that the film had been in his plans for four years, but he waited for Vikram to give him dates and paired with Amalau Paul for Deva Thirumagal.
Vijay also directed the Harris: On The Edge concerts by music composer Harris Jayaraj.
On 26 April 2014, director A. L. Vijay revealed his relationship with Thalaivaa actress Amala Paul.
His press statement read "I take this opportunity to declare the conversion of my status from being single to couple. Yes, the search for my life partner ends here as I have found my soul mate in Amala! She is the girl with the most beautiful heart I know! She is truly a treasure and I will preserve with utmost love and care".
On June 7, 2014 he got engaged to actress Amala Paul at Aluva in Kochi. The couple got married on June 12 at Chennai.