He told NDTV "It's the people's anguish that led to this ".
The actor who heads the South Indian Film Artistes' Association and the Film Producers' Council said "I'd fight as an independent candidate. People should ask us what they want and I'd do it".
The actor tweeted that he will file his nomination on Monday.
This is to inform everyone that I have decided to contest in the upcoming election to be held in RK Nagar.
I will be filing my nomination this Monday, 4th Dec.
Hoping for a change & the change is inevitable....GB- Vishal- Vishal Film Factory (@VffVishal) December 2, 2017
Tamil Nadu in recent times has seen a clutch of actors expressing their willingness to jump into the political arena.
Tamil superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have expressed their decision to jump into politics.
But Vishal, on Saturday, denied meeting Kamal Haasan.
The ruling AIADMK and the DMK have already announced E. Madhusudhanan and N. Marudhu Ganesh, respectively, as their candidates for the RK Nagar seat.
The BJP has fielded as its spokesperson K. Nagarajan as its candidate for the by-election.
Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran will also be contesting as an Independent candidate.