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After 20 years in movies, Vijay Yesudas says he’s within the cusp of latest issues, together with a New York-style salon for males, Chop Store, in Kochi

As a playback singer, Vijay Yesudas completes 20 years in movies this yr. The son of legendary singer, KJ Yesudas, Vijay says it’s a ‘bizarre feeling’.

The years had been spent pushing himself to study and sing as if every track had been his first, says Vijay, over telephone from his Chennai dwelling. The singer’s debut was within the 2000 Malayalam movie Millenium Stars. “I’ve by no means competed with colleagues. I’ve solely made mates, supported them and beloved their music,” he says, trying again on the journey thus far.

The singer provides that he’s additionally within the cusp of latest issues, partially influenced by the outbreak of COVID-19. He’s turning entrepreneur with the launch of a New York-style salon for males , Chop Store, in Kochi. With enterprise companions, he’s the franchisee for Chop Store in 4 South Indian States. He additionally just lately launched his YouTube channel, The V Firm by VJY, which he intends to make use of for his musical pursuits.

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“Throughout the pandemic, we realised {that a} musician is on the unhappy finish of the meals chain. This can be a financially tough time for everyone, and it’s not simple for us with exhibits being cancelled.”

Diversification of his portfolio had been on his thoughts for someday, and these initiatives are part of the plan to create an area for himself outdoors the movie trade. Concurrently, he has additionally been pondering of the path he ought to take by way of music: launching his YouTube channel is that step in a brand new path. Vijay uploaded his first track a month in the past, ‘Malayalam – Onam 2020’, penned by Rajaneesh R Chandran. Vijay had scored the music for the track.

With nepotism being the catchword of latest social media debates, one would assume that being the son of a legend would have made issues simple for him, however Vijay denies that it was the case. “My songs had been clicking in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, however in Malayalam it took time. It was 2007 once I received a ‘Kolakkuzhal Villi Ketto’. That’s when issues began turning and other people started to belief me,” he says.

That track within the movie Nivedyam received him his first Kerala State Award for Greatest Singer. It was the primary in a collection of awards; two extra Kerala State Awards got here quickly after.

Vijay’s profession took a detour in 2015 when he turned actor within the Dhanush movie Maari the place he performed the antagonist. This was adopted by one other Tamil movie Padaiveeran in 2018.

When lockdown was introduced he was filming the multilingual Salmon 3D. Vijay says he has been listening to scripts throughout the break. “Actually, I’d have jumped into appearing sooner, however my father informed me to deal with one factor — music. Beginning younger, as actor, has an influence. I began 10 to15 years late, however now the idea of a movie’s hero has additionally modified. I don’t remorse it although, I used to be in a position to deal with music.”