Today is Tamil superstar Ilayathalapathy Vijay‘s (born Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar) birthday and the actor has already given his fans a return gift from his side by releasing his much anticipated film Puli’s teaser. While Vijay turns 41-years-old today, we take you on a trip down memory lane acknowledging some of the relatively unknown facts about the superstar. Take a look:Personal Life: Born in 1974, Vijay is the loving son of director and producer S.A. Chandrasekhar and Shoba Chandrasekhar who is a playback singer. Vijay started his acting career at a very young age by debuting in his father’s directorial film Vetri. The actor made his proper debut as a lead actor in the year 1992 with Naalaiya Theerppu again directed by his father. He married Sangeetha Sornalingam in August 1999 and has two lovely children Sanjay and Divya.Vijay’s Tribute To His Sister Vidhya: Vijay‘s younger sister Vidhya Chandrasekhar died when she was only 2-years-old. Vijay who was 9 at the time of her demise went on to pay tribute to his late sister in more than one ways and has till date continued the tradition without fail. A production house named V.V. Creations (Vijay-Vidhya) was established under which his debut film was produced. Every year during his sister’s birthday and death anniversary, Vijay remembers his sister by taking a day off from shoot only to spend time with his family.Vijay’s Immense Social Work: Probably one of the only actor’s known majorly for his social work is actor Vijay. Every year during his birthday, Vijay distributes gold rings to new born babies at Egmore Government General Hospital. Once during his birthday the actor distributed free notebooks and school stationeries to 50 thousand poor kids. The actor prefers to spend his birthday by engaging in social activities rather than spending his money on lavish parties. He started Vijay Makkal Iyakkam social welfare organization in 2009 and is known for distributing The Ilayathalapathy Vijay Educational Awards 2012 to young bright kids of Tamil Nadu. He also educates 32 children every year through his foundation.Awards & Achievements: Vijay who has given stupendous performances since decades in Indian cinema was honoured with the prestigious Kalaimaamani awards specially given by Tamil State Government for excellence in field of arts. He has also won three Tamil Nadu State Awards and was honoured with a doctorate by Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute in 2007 for his contribution to Indian cinema. Reportedly the actor has been nominated 33 times in different award shows and has won over 25 awards from them. Vijay ranked 49 in Forbes India’s “Celebrity 100 List” in the year 2013 and climbed up to rank 41 in the year 2014.Vijay’s Personal Favourites: Tamil star Vijay has his own list of favourites like any other person. From the list the best one we found was his admiration for actor Rajinikanth who is his personal favourite. According to Vijay, no one can replace Rajinikanth’s position in the film industry. Vijay‘s favourite colour is black and much like his father he prefers to don black whenever he goes out. His favourite vacation spots are London and Los Angeles and his favourite number is 8! Whenever at home, the actor prefers to have traditional Tamil meal at least once in the day.