Karthik (actor)

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Born Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman
(1960-09-13) 13 September 1960 (age 57)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Navarasa Nayagan
Alma mater The New College, Chennai
Occupation Film actor, playback singer, politician
Years active 1981–present
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Spouse(s) Ragini (m.1988-present)
Rathi (m. 1992-present)
Children Gautham Karthik (b.1989)
Ghayn Karthik (b.1991)
Thiran Karthik (b.1993)
Parent(s) R. Muthuraman

Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman (born 13 September 1960), best known by stage name Karthik, is an Indian film actor, playback singer and politician. He is the son of actor R. Muthuraman. He was first introduced by Bharathiraja in the film Alaigal Oivathillai. He has primarily appeared in lead roles in Tamil films. He has also appeared in some Telugu films. Karthik has been the recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and the Nandi Award. He won four Filmfare Awards South.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Karthik was born in Chennai to R. Muthuraman[2] (known as "Navarasa Thilagam"), a popular Tamil actor. He is the fourth and youngest child of 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.

Film career[edit]

Debut and success[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 such as 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.

During the earlier stages of his career, Karthik worked three times with R. V. Udaya Kumar and enjoyed great success in all their ventures. Later, he formed a partnership with Goundamani in many comedy movies. He was also well received by the Tamil audience for his performance in Nallavanukku Nallavan in a challenging role against Rajinikanth. His onscreen pair with Radha was appreciated in the 80s.His pairing with Rambha was a hit with the audience as the pair provided good hits in the 1990s.

Karthik received another breakthrough in his career by performing 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 in turn 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 accolades 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.[3][4] 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).

Downfall and break from films[edit]

During the early 2000s, Karthik experienced a difficult period as he began to lose his popularity at the box office and new actors began to emerge in the Tamil film industry. He subsequently signed on to appear in several films, which were either dropped, shelved or indefinitely postponed during the period. His career as a lead actor subsequently began to dwindle in the early 2000s, with several of his ventures opening with little publicity or being delayed after financial troubles.[5] Towards the nadir of 2005, he signed on to appear in a negative role in Sathyaraj's Sivalingam IPS, but the film was shelved.[6]

Films including Prabhu Nepal's Kadhale Swasam, alongside Meena, Sundar C's Kadhal Solla Vandhen, with Isha Koppikar and Gowri Manohar's Kashmir, with Priyanka Trivedi, had audio release events but failed to have a theatrical release.[7][8] Likewise, other ventures including Mahesh's Manathil, alongside Kausalya, Soundarrajan's Click, co-starring Prabhu and Selva's Kai Korthu Vaa progressed before being halted.[9][10] Similarly, other projects in the early 2000s, such as Gurudeva, with Rimjim; Muthalaam Santhippil with Kausalya again and Enrum Unnai Naesippaen were dropped soon after filming had begun.[11][12][13] During the nadir of 2002, Karthik was signed on by producer Keyaar to make a film titled Enna Peyar Veikalaam, directed by Vincent Selva. Despite travelling to Pollachi for the shoot, the actor refused to emerge from his hotel room, and following an extended period of confusion, the film was called off and the Nadigar Sangam began legal proceedings against the actor.[14][15]

In 2004, Karthik suggested that "his acts and habits" had landed him in trouble and was looking to make a comeback.[16] He subsequently appeared in "comeback" films such as Kushti (2006) and Kalakkura Chandru (2007), both of which had delayed releases and went unnoticed at the box office.[16] Other ventures that the actor described as "comeback projects", such as Kicha's Unnidathil and Raj Kapoor's Sivalingam IPS, were shelved mid-production.[17][18] Later in 2006, he revealed that he had quit taking drugs and was keen to make another attempt at returning to the film industry.[19]

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.[20] 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.

Revival and comeback[edit]

He also acted in a negative role in K. V. Anand's Anegan, where he appears alongside Dhanush.[21] He acted with his son Gautam Karthik in Mr. Chandramouli.

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 and got only 15000 votes.

2011 Assembly elections[edit]

Karthik's party tried alliance with AIADMK for the 2011 Assembly elections,[22] but AIADMK supremo denied tickets for his party. Karthik announced his party will contest alone in 25 to 40 seats after it was not allotted any seat in the AIADMK coalition.[23] Karthik sat on a fast in Madurai demanding Madurai Airport be renamed as Pasumpon Thevar Airport.[24][25] 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.[26]


Filmfare Awards South[1]
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Cinema Express Awards
Nandi Awards

Personal life[edit]


Karthik is a bigamist.He married actress Ragini in 1988; his co-star in the film Solaikuyil and the couple has two sons, actor Gautham Karthik and Ghayn Karthik. Later, he also married Ragini's sister, Rathi, in 1992 and the couple have a son, Thiran Karthik.[27][28][29]


As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notess
1981 Alaigal Oivathillai Vichu Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Debut
Seethakoka Chiluka Raghu Telugu Remake of Tamil film Alaigal Oivathillai
1982 Ilanjodigal Ramu Tamil
Neram Vandhachu Raja Tamil
Kelviyum Naane Pathilum Naane Nirmal, Babu Tamil
Thaai Mookaambikai Muthu Tamil Guest appearance
Ninaivellam Nithya Chandru Tamil
Kanne Radha Nagarajan "Raja" Tamil
Pakkathu Veetu Roja Tamil
Valibamey Vaa Vaa Tamil
Adhisayappiravigal Tamil
Agaya Gangai Murali Tamil
1983 Maarupatta Konangal Karthik Tamil
Oru Kai Pappom Jayaraman Tamil
Bhagavathipuram Railway Gate Tamil
Aayiram Nilave Vaa Chandhar, Soori Tamil First Double Role
Apoorva Sahodarigal Ravi Tamil
Dhooram Adhighamillai Araamuthu Tamil
1984 Veera Bhadrudu Telugu
Anubandham Satya Murthy Telugu
Ninaivugal Kannan Tamil
Pei Veedu Thyagu Tamil
Nandri Shankar Tamil
Raja Thanthiram Tamil
Nallavanuku Nallavan Vinod Tamil
Puyal Kadantha Bhoomi Murali Tamil
1985 Nalla Thambi Raju Tamil
Mookkanan Kaiyiru Bhaskar Tamil
Puthiya Sagaptham Deepak Tamil Guest appearance
Anveshana Amar Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Paadum Paravaigal
Aval Sumangalithan Bhaskaran Tamil
Viswanathan Velai Venum Tamil
Arthamulla Aasaigal Selvam Tamil
Ketti Melam Tamil
1986 Dharma Pathini Prem Kumar Tamil
Punyasthree Bhaskar Telugu
Natpu Vanchinathan Tamil
Mouna Ragam Manohar Tamil Guest appearance
Oomai Vizhigal Ramesh Tamil Guest appearance
Thodarum Uravu Tamil
1987 Raja Mariyadhai Raguram Tamil
Velicham Ashok Kumar Tamil
Nalla Pambu Raja Tamil
Ore Ratham Mahesh Tamil
Thaye Neeye Thunai Tamil
Dhoorathu Pachai Tamil
Vanna Kanavugal Kannapan Tamil
Veeran Veluthambi Thirumalai Tamil Guest appearance
Chinnamanikkuyile Tamil Unreleased
Parisam Pottachu Tamil
Enga Veettu Ramayanan Murali Tamil
1988 Abhinandana Raja Telugu Nandi Special Jury Award
Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu
Dubbed in Tamil as Kaadhal Geetham
Solla Thudikuthu Manasu P. G. Thilainathan Tamil
Kan Simittum Neram Raja (Kannan) Tamil
Urimai Geetham Chandru Tamil
Agni Natchathiram Ashok Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actor
En Jeevan Paduthu Surendran Tamil
Kalicharan Raja Tamil
1989 Varusham Padhinaaru Kannan Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa Rajesh Tamil
Solaikuyil Maruthu Tamil
Paandi Nattu Thangam Thangapandian Tamil
Rettai Kuzhal Thuppakki Velu Tamil
Gopala Rao Gari Abbayi Raghu Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Kaadhal Oivathillai
Thiruppu Munai Rajaram/ Vanchinathan Tamil
1990 Idhaya Thamarai Vijay Tamil
Mr. Karthik Karthik Tamil
Unnai Solli Kutramillai Balu Tamil
Kalyana Rasi Murali Tamil
Periya Veetu Pannakkaran Sundara Pandi Tamil
Kizhakku Vasal Ponnurangam Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Ethir Kaatru Ram Narendran Tamil
Engal Swamy Ayyappan Himself Tamil Guest appearance
1991 Vanakkam Vathiyare Rajappa Tamil
Irumbu Pookkal Dharma Tamil
Gopura Vasalile Manohar Tamil
Vigneshwar Vigneshwar Tamil
1992 Amaran Amaran Tamil
Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen Muthurasu Tamil
Nadodi Thendral Thangarasu Tamil
Nadodi Pattukkaran Sundaram Tamil
Idhu Namma Bhoomi Gopi Tamil
Suyamariyadhai Vijay Tamil
Deiva Vaakku Thambi Durai Tamil
1993 Chinna Kannamma Aravind Tamil
Ponnumani Ponnumani Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Chinna Jameen Raasaiyya Tamil
Kathirukka Neramillai Raju, Somasekhar Tamil
1994 Seeman Seeman Tamil
Ilaignar Ani Prisoner Tamil Guest appearance
Maga Rayudu Karthik Telugu Dubbed in Tamil as Mr. Maharani
1995 Muthu Kaalai Muthu Kaalai Tamil
Lucky Man Gopi Tamil
Nandhavana Theru Seenu Tamil
Marumagan Thangarasu Tamil
Chakravarthy Chakravarthy Tamil
Thotta Chinungi Mano Tamil
1996 Kizhakku Mugam Venu Tamil
Ullathai Allitha Rajasekhar Tamil
Katta Panchayathu Rajadurai Tamil
Poovarasan Poovarasan Tamil
Mettukudi Raja Tamil
Gokulathil Seethai Rishi Tamil
1997 Sishya Aravind Tamil
Pistha Manikandan Tamil
1998 Udhavikku Varalaamaa Muthurasu (Pichumani, Hussain and James) Tamil
Sundara Pandian Pandi, Sundar Tamil
Harichandra Harichandra Tamil
Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen Selvam Tamil 100th film
Cinema Express Award for Best Actor – Tamil
Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actor
Pooveli Murali Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actor
1999 Chinna Raja Raja/Dilip Tamil
Nilave Mugam Kaattu Murthy (Govind) Tamil
Anandha Poongatre Haridas Tamil Guest appearance
Suyamvaram Ram Kumar Tamil
Rojavanam Muthu Tamil
Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga Sakthivel Tamil
2000 Thai Poranthachu Aravind Tamil Guest appearance
Sandhitha Velai Aadalarasu, Thirunaavukkarasu Tamil
Kannan Varuvaan Kannan Tamil
Kuberan Kuberan Tamil
Seenu Seenu Tamil
2001 Ullam Kollai Poguthae Gautham Tamil Guest appearance
Lovely Chandru Tamil
Azhagana Naatkal Chandru Tamil
2002 Devan Chakravarthy Tamil
Game Raja Tamil
2003 Indru Gauthaman Tamil
2006 Kusthi Singam Tamil
2007 Kalakkura Chandru Chandru Tamil
2010 Maanja Velu Subash Chandra Bose Tamil
Raavanan Ganaprakasam Tamil
2011 Puli Vesham Easwaran Moorthy Tamil
2013 Om 3D Harischandra Prasad Telugu
2015 Anegan Ravikiran Tamil 125th film. Comeback film as antagonist
2018 Thaana Serndha Kootam Kurunjivendhan Tamil
Mr. Chandramouli Mr. Chandramouli Tamil

As singer[edit]

Year Film Song Music director Co-singer
1991 Suya Mariyathai "Vanmedu Megham"[30] Shivajiraaja
1992 Amaran "Vethala Potta Sokkula",
1993 Chinna Jameen "Onappu Thattu"[31] Ilaiyaraaja Swarnalatha
1997 Sishya "Apollo Apollo"[32] Deva Swarnalatha
1997 Pistha "Kozhi Curry Kondu Varatta" S. A. Rajkumar
1998 Pooveli "Kathai Sollapporaen" Bharathwaj
1998 Harichandra "Harichandran " Anand, Gopal, Shaleen Gopal Rao


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