Karthik Kumar

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Karthik Kumar
Born (1977-11-21) 21 November 1977 (age 44)
OccupationActor, stand-up comedian
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Amrutha Srinivasan
Comedy career
MediumStand-up comedy
GenresObservational comedy, improvisational comedy, physical comedy, political satire

Karthik Kumar (born 21 November 1977) is an Indian stand-up comedian and actor in the Tamil film and television industries.


He studied chemical engineering in Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering.[1][2]

After earning his Bachelor's degree, Karthik along with his friend Sunil Vishnu quit their respective jobs and started the event management company "Evam", which today is a theatre company of renown. Karthik made his acting debut with Alaipayuthey (2000) portraying a small role as the female lead character's prospective suitor.[3] He was first tested for the role of R. Madhavan in the film but was rejected as he was too young with no acting experience at the time.[4] He went on to portray supporting roles notably in films like Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) and Poi Solla Porom (2008).

In November 2016, Karthik lamented getting typecast in particular roles, especially as the American mappillai, and announced his retirement from the film industry.[4][5] However, he returned with a role in Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022).[6]

Karthik Kumar is also a stand-up comedian who has done three stand-up specials. His first special, "#PokeMe" has more than half a million views on YouTube. His second special was titled "Second Decoction" followed by "Blood Chutney" streaming on Amazon Prime. He has performed over 1000 shows across India, USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He is managed by Evam Standup Tamasha, a stand-up movement in South India.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Karthik Kumar got married to Suchitra, an Indian singer, in 2005.[1] The couple parted ways in 2017. In December 2021, he married actress Amrutha Srinivasan.[7]


Year Film Role Language
2000 Alaipayuthey Shyam Tamil
2002 Saathiya Hindi
2004 Vaanam Vasappadum Karthik Tamil
2004 Yuva Vishnu Hindi
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Aravind Tamil
2007 Chaurahen Naveen English
2008 Yaaradi Nee Mohini Cheenu Tamil
Poi Solla Porom Uppilinathan Tamil
2009 Ninaithale Inikkum Vasu Tamil
Edhuvum Nadakkum Naga Tamil
2010 Sapno Ke Desh Mein Hindi
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Krish Tamil
2011 Deiva Thirumagal Karthik Tamil
Veppam Vishnu Tamil
2015 Pasanga 2 Akhil Tamil
Vellaiya Irukiravan Poi Solla Maatan Dr. Raghu Tamil
2017 Ticket Athif Hussain Tamil
2018 Mannar Vagaiyara Arivazhagan Tamil
2022 Rocketry: The Nambi Effect P. M. Nayar Tamil


Year Title Role Language
2012 Dharmayutham Arjun Tamil

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  1. ^ a b "Wedding bells for 'Mirchi' Suchi!". Sify. 6 October 2005. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  2. ^ "All fun and adventure". The Hindu. 11 February 2005. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Their world's a STAGE". The Hindu. 9 September 2003. Archived from the original on 15 July 2022. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Madhavan who wasn't". The Hindu. 14 November 2016. Archived from the original on 12 July 2022. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Actor Karthik Kumar's confessions are a refreshing take on the film industry". The News Minute. 1 November 2016. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  6. ^ Muthalaly, Shonali (6 July 2022). "Karthik Kumar's latest show, Aansplaining, is therapy disguised as stand up comedy". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 14 August 2022. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Karthik Kumar and Amrutha Srinivasan tie the knot!". Sify. 13 December 2021. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 18 December 2021.

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