Karthik (actor)

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BornMurali Karthikeyan
(1960-09-13) 13 September 1960 (age 54)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materThe New College, Chennai
OccupationFilm actor, playback singer, politician
Years active1981–present
ChildrenGautham Karthik
Ghayn Karthik
Thiran Karthik
ParentsR. Muthuraman
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BornMurali Karthikeyan
(1960-09-13) 13 September 1960 (age 54)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Alma materThe New College, Chennai
OccupationFilm actor, playback singer, politician
Years active1981–present
ChildrenGautham Karthik
Ghayn Karthik
Thiran Karthik
ParentsR. Muthuraman

Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman (born 13 September 1960), better known by his screen name Karthik, is a Indian film actor, playback singer and politician. He is the son of veteran actor R. Muthuraman. He was first introduced by Bharathiraja in the film Alaigal Oivathillai. He has primarily appeared in lead roles in Tamil films.

Karthik won four Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil and one Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu. He is also the recipient of Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and a Nandi Award. Former Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Leader "Kalaignar Karunanidhi" on an occasion of 100th day film celebration of "Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen" praised the actor's talents and commented that the actor has enormous skills, however the film fraternity should have used the actor in better ways to extract much of his talent. The actor's career has many super hits and long-lasting movies. The actor has great numbers of fan following around South India. T.S.B.K Moulee, an Indian stage and film actor once said in an Interview Actor Karthik has a unique style of acting and a very humble, down to earth simple personality. The ever charming ‘Navarasa Nayagan’, Karthik, who churned people’s heart with his blithesome smile and smart looks has been an inspiration and a role model for today's youths in Southern Film industry.[citation needed]

Early life and background[edit]

Karthik was born in Chennai to R. Muthuraman, a popular Tamil actor. He is the fourth child to "Navarasa Thilagam" R.Muthuraman. He studied in St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai and at New College, Chennai and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. While his brothers were not interested to enter the industry, Karthik was a step ahead, contributed a lot to the field of Tamil Cinema and surpassed his father's reputation amid the competition he faced during his era.

Film career[edit]

Karthik was first introduced by Bharathiraja in the film Alaigal Oivathillai. He received the Best New Face Award from the Tamil Nadu Government in 1980. His film "Vanna Kanavugal" was a super hit at the box office and K.Balachander praised his performance in the film. He collaborated with leading film directors like Mani Ratnam, K. Balachander, Bharathiraja, Visu, R. Sundarrajan, Ameerjan, R. V. Udayakumar, Priyadarshan, Fazil, Vikraman, Agathiyan, Sundar C., K. S. Ravikumar, P. Vasu and K. V. Anand.

An actor so unique, charming and hardworking in his profession has a great statistical record and reputation in Southern part of India. He is a celebrated actor of Tamil Nadu and was awarded the title "Navarasa Nayagan" (multi-talented). During earlier stages of his career he paired up thrice with RV.Udaya Kumar and enjoyed great success in all their ventures. He is popular with the audience for sense of humor and was involved with several small comedy scenes in most of his movies. His cameo in Mouna Ragam was very well received by the audience. During his later years, he formed a partnership with Goundamani in many comedy movies. He was also well received by Tamil audience for his wonderful performance in "Nallavanukku Nallavan"in a challenging role against Rajinikanth. His pairing with Rambha was a hit with audience as the pair provided good hits in the nineties.

Karthik received another breakthrough in his career by portraying a full length comedy role in Sundar C's Ullathai Allitha (1996) alongside Rambha and Goundamani, then collaborated with the director again in another profitable venture, Mettukudi. He went on to win critical acclaim for his role in Gokulathil Seethai, and turned appeared in K. S. Ravikumar's Pistha, which also won good reviews. Karthik carried on his good streak at the box office in 1998, while also winning critical acclaim for his performances in Vikraman's Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, Cheyyar Ravi's Harichandra and Selva's Pooveli, and won a Tamil Nadu State Award for Best Actor.[1][2] He became one of the busiest actors in the industry during the turn of the decade by featuring in several medium-budget comedy films, notably in four further Sundar C ventures including the successful Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga (1999). His career as a lead actor subsequently began to peter out in the early 2000s, with several of his ventures opening with little publicity or being delayed after financial troubles.[3] Towards the nadir in 2005, he signed on to appear in a negative role in Sathyaraj's Sivalingam IPS, but the film was shelved.[4]

Karthik opted to make a comeback into acting in 2010 and chose to appear in supporting rather than leading roles, much like his contemporaries Prabhu and Sathyaraj. He was first seen portraying a caring police officer in Maanja Velu, before winning positive reviews for his small role as a forest guard in Mani Ratnam's Raavanan.[5] He subsequently went on to play roles in P. Vasu's Puli Vesham (2011) and the Telugu film Om 3D, both of which failed at the box office. He is currently filming for a pivotal role in K. V. Anand's Anegan, where he appears alongside Dhanush.[6]

Political career[edit]

Karthik entered politics ahead of the 2006 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election. He joined the All India Forward Bloc, and was appointed as the Secretary of the Tamil Nadu state unit of the party. He led the party during its electoral campaign on 24 September 2006. He later started his own party Ahila India Naadalum Makkal Katchi in 2009 before the Lok Sabha Elections. He contested from Virudhunagar constituency. Allegedly he never campaigned and was routed in the election.[citation needed]

2011 Assembly elections[edit]

His party tried alliance with AIADMK for the 2011 Assembly elections[7] but AIADMK supremo denied tickets for his party. Karthik announced his party will contest alone in 25 to 40 seats after it was not alloted any seat in the AIADMK coalition.[8][9] Karthik sat on a fast in Madurai demanding Madurai Airport be renamed as Pasumpon Thevar Airport.[10][11] His party with sizeable Thevar votes in southern Tamil Nadu is believed to eat into the AIADMK votebank. In 2006, former AIADMK minister Nainar Nagendran lost by 2,000 votes in Tirunelveli, where Karthik's party polled more than the margin. Two weeks later he split from ADMK and announced his party will contest independently in 19 constituencies and support DMK in 213 constituencies.[12]


Filmfare Awards South
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Cinema Express Awards
Nandi Awards

Personal life[edit]

Karthik is a bigamist, married to sisters Ragini and Rathi. He married Ragini his co-star in the film Solai Kuyil in 1988 with whom he has two sons Gautham & Ghayn. Later he married Ragini's sister Rathi in 1991 with whom he has son called Thirana. His eldest son Gautham has entered the Tamil film industry by starring in the movie Kadal directed by Mani Ratnam.[13][14][15]


As actor[edit]

1981Alaigal OivathillaiVichuTamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Debut
Seethakoka ChilukaRaghuTeluguRemake of Alaigal Oivathillai
1982Ninaivellam NithyaChandruTamil
Valibamey Vaa VaaTamil
Kanne RadhaTamil
Kelviyum Naane Pathilum NaaneNirmal, BabuTamil
Neram VandhachuTamil
Pakkathu Veetu RojaTamil
Thaai MookaambikaiTamil
Agaya GangaiTamil
1983Aayiram Nilave VaaTamil
Bhagavathipuram Railway GateTamil
Dhooram AdhighamillaiTamil
Marupatta KonangalTamil
Oru Kai PappomTamil
Aboorva SagodarigalTamil
1984Nallavanuku NallavanVinodTamil
Veera BhadruduTeluguRemake of Kozhi Koovudhu
Raja ThanthiramTamil
Puyal Kadantha BhoomiTamil
1985AnveshanaAmarTeluguDubbed in Tamil as Paadum Paravaigal
Puthiya SagapthamDeepakTamilGuest appearance
Aval SumangalithanBhaskaranTamil
Nalla ThambiRajuTamil
Viswanathan VelaivendumTamil
Arthamulla AasaigalTamil
Ketti MelamTamil
Mouna RaagamManoharTamil
Oomai VizhigalRameshTamilGuest appearance
Dharma PathiniTamil
Thodarum UravuTamil
1987Vanna KanavugalKannapanTamil
Enga Veettu RamayananTamil
Nalla PambuTamil
Ore RathamTamil
Thaye Neeye ThunaiTamil
Dhoorathu PachaiTamil
Paadu NilaveTamil
Parisam PottachuTamil
Raja MariyadhaiTamil
1988Agni NatchathiramAshokTamilFilmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actor
AbhinandanaRajaTeluguNandi Special Jury Award
Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu
En Jeevan PaduthuSurendranTamil
Kan Simittum NeramRaja, KannanTamil
Urimai GeethamChandruTamil
Pei VeeduTamil
Solla Thudikuthu ManasuP.G ThilainathanTamil
1989Thiruppu MunaiRajaram, VanchinathanTamil
Varusham PadhinaaruKannanTamilFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Gopalrao Gari AbbayiTeluguDubbed in Tamil as Kaadhal Oivathillai
Paandi Nattu ThangamThangapandianTamil
Sattathin Thirappu VizhaTamil
Rettai Kuzhal ThuppakkiTamil
1990Idhaya ThamaraiVijayTamil
Mr. KarthickTamil
Unnai Solli KutramillaiBaluTamil
Kalyana RasiTamil
Periya Veetu PannakkaranTamil
Kizhakku VasalPonnurangamTamilFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Engal Swamy AyyappanTamilGuest appearance
Ethir KaatruRam NarendranTamil
1991Gopura VasalileManoharTamil
Irumbu PookkalDharmaTamil
Vanakkam VathiyareTamil
Unna Nenachen Pattu PadichenMuthurasuTamil
Nadodi ThendralTangaraasuTamil
Nadodi PattukkaranSundaramTamil
Idhu Namma BhoomiGopiTamil
Deiva VaakkuThambi DuraiTamil
1993Chinna KannammaAravindTamil
PonnumaniPonnumaniTamilFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Chinna JameenRaasaiyyaTamil
Kathirukka NeramillaiRaju, SomasekharTamil
1994Ilaignar AniTamilGuest appearance
Maga RayuduTeluguDubbed in Tamil as Mr. Maharani
1995Muthu KaalaiMuthu KaalaiTamil
Lucky ManGopiTamil
Nandhavana TheruSeenuTamil
Thotta ChinungiManoTamil
1996Kizhakku MugamVenuTamil
Ullathai AllithaRajaTamil
Katta PanchayathuTamil
Gokulathil SeethaiRishiTamil
1998Udhavikku VaralaamaaMuthurasuTamil
Sundara PandianPandi, SundarTamil
Unnidathil Ennai KoduthenSelvamTamilCinema Express Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actor
PooveliMuraliTamilTamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actor
1999Chinna RajaRaja, DilipTamil
Nilave Mugam KaattuMurthy/GovindTamil
Anandha PoongatreHaridasTamilGuest appearance
SuyamvaramRam KumarTamil
Unakkaga Ellam UnakkagaSakthiveluTamil
2000Thai PoranthachuAravindTamilGuest appearance
Sandhitha VelaiAadalarasu, ThirunaavukkarasuTamil
Kannan VaruvaanKannanTamil
2001Ullam Kollai PoguthaeGauthamTamilGuest appearance
Azhagana NaatkalChandruTamil
2007Kalakkura ChandruChandruTamil
2010Maanja VeluSubash Chandra BoseTamil
2011Puli VeshamEaswaran MoorthyTamil
2013Om 3DHarischandra PrasadTelugu
2014Aayiram ThottakkalTamilFilming

As singer[edit]

YearFilmSongMusic directorNotes
1991Suya Mariyathai"Vanmedu Megham"Shivajiraaja
1992Amaran"Vethalai Potta Sokkula"
1993Chinna Jameen"Onappu Thattu"IlayarajaSwarnalatha
1997Sishya"Abpallo Abpallo"Deva
1997Pistha"Kozhi curry kondu varatta"S. A. Rajkumar
1998Pooveli"Kathai Sollapporaen"Bharathwaj
1998Harichandra"Harichandran "Anand, Gopal, Shaleen

Dubbing Roles[edit]

Live action films[edit]

Film titleActorCharacterDub LanguageOriginal LanguageOriginal Year releaseDub Year releaseNotes
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderBen BarnesKing CaspianTamilEnglish20102010Karthik's name was mentioned on the Tamil dub credits of the DVD release of the film, also containing the Hindi and Telugu credits.[16]
SkyfallBen WhishawQTamilEnglish20122012Karthik's name was mentioned on the Tamil dub credits of the DVD release of the film, also containing the Hindi, Telugu, Russian and Ukrainian credits.[17]


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  6. ^ அ.தி.மு.க. அணியில் கார்த்திக் கட்சி - Dinamani - Tamil Daily News
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  8. ^ கோவில்பட்டியில் கார்த்திக் போட்டி? - Dinamani - Tamil Daily News
  9. ^ Karthik demands 10 seats in AIADMK alliance | 10 சீட் வேணும்! – கார்த்திக் – Oneindia Tamil. Thatstamil.oneindia.in. Retrieved on 22 October 2011.
  10. ^ Third front will play spoilsport - Times Of India
  11. ^ திமுக கூட்டணிக்கு நடிகர் கார்த்திக் கட்சி ஆதரவு - Dinamani - Tamil Daily News
  12. ^ Karthik's big plans - Tamil Movie News
  13. ^ Mani Ratnam to launch Karthik's son! - Tamil Movie News
  14. ^ ‘Mani Ratnam wants to meet you’ - The Hindu
  15. ^ "The Chronicles of Narnia - Voyage of the Dawn Trader (Hindi, Tamil and Telugu Credits) - YouTube". YouTube.com. 8 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  16. ^ "Skyfall Dubbing Cast - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Russian, Ukrainian". YouTube.com. 2014-06-21. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 

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