|Born||Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman
13 September 1960
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Other names||Navarasa Nayagan|
|Alma mater||The New College, Chennai|
|Occupation||Film actor, playback singer, politician|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Children||Gautham Karthik (b.1989)
Ghayn Karthik (b.1991)
Thiran Karthik (b.1993)
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 five Filmfare Awards South.
Early life and background
Karthik was born in Chennai to R. Muthuraman (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.
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 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. 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 dwindle in the early 2000s, with several of his ventures opening with little publicity or being delayed after financial troubles. Towards the nadir of 2005, he signed on to appear in a negative role in Sathyaraj's Sivalingam IPS, but the film was shelved.
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. 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 also acted in a negative role in K. V. Anand's Anegan, where he appears alongside Dhanush.
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
Karthik's party tried alliance with AIADMK for the 2011 Assembly elections, 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. Karthik sat on a fast in Madurai demanding Madurai Airport be renamed as Pasumpon Thevar Airport. 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.
- 1988 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil - Agni Natchathiram
- 1988 - Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu - Abhinandana
- 1989 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil - Varusham Padhinaaru
- 1990 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil - Kizhakku Vasal
- 1993 – Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Tamil - Ponnumani
- 1981 – Best Male Debut Award - Alaigal Oivathillai
- 1988 – Special Prize for Best Actor - Agni Natchathiram
- 1990 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor - Kizhakku Vasal
- 1998 – Special Prize for Best Actor - Pooveli and Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen
Karthik 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.
Break from films
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
In 2004, Karthik suggested that "his acts and habits" had landed him in trouble and was looking to make a comeback. 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. Other ventures that the actor described as "comeback projects", such as Kicha's Unnidathil and Raj Kapoor's Sivalingam IPS, were shelved mid-production. Later in 2006, he revealed that he had quit taking drugs and was keen to make another attempt at returning to the film industry.
|1981||Alaigal Oivathillai||Vichu||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Male Debut|
|Seethakoka Chiluka||Raghu||Telugu||Remake of Tamil film Alaigal Oivathillai|
|Kelviyum Naane Pathilum Naane||Nirmal, Babu||Tamil|
|Thaai Mookaambikai||Muthu||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Kanne Radha||Nagarajan "Raja"||Tamil|
|Pakkathu Veetu Roja||Tamil|
|Valibamey Vaa Vaa||Tamil|
|Oru Kai Pappom||Jayaraman||Tamil|
|Bhagavathipuram Railway Gate||Tamil|
|Aayiram Nilave Vaa||Chandhar, Soori||Tamil||First Double Role|
|Puyal Kadantha Bhoomi||Murali||Tamil|
|Puthiya Sagaptham||Deepak||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Anveshana||Amar||Telugu||Dubbed in Tamil as Paadum Paravaigal|
|Viswanathan Velai Venum||Tamil|
|1986||Dharma Pathini||Prem Kumar||Tamil|
|Mouna Ragam||Manohar||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Oomai Vizhigal||Ramesh||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Thaye Neeye Thunai||Tamil|
|Veeran Veluthambi||Thirumalai||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Enga Veettu Ramayanan||Murali||Tamil|
|1988||Abhinandana||Raja||Telugu||Nandi Special Jury Award
Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu
|Solla Thudikuthu Manasu||P. G. Thilainathan||Tamil|
|Kan Simittum Neram||Raja (Kannan)||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|
|1989||Varusham Padhinaaru||Kannan||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil|
|Sattathin Thirappu Vizhaa||Rajesh||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|
|Unnai Solli Kutramillai||Balu||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|
|Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen||Muthurasu||Tamil|
|Idhu Namma Bhoomi||Gopi||Tamil|
|Deiva Vaakku||Thambi Durai||Tamil|
|Ponnumani||Ponnumani||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil|
|Kathirukka Neramillai||Raju, Somasekhar||Tamil|
|Ilaignar Ani||Prisoner||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Maga Rayudu||Karthik||Telugu||Dubbed in Tamil as Mr. Maharani|
|1995||Muthu Kaalai||Muthu Kaalai||Tamil|
|1998||Udhavikku Varalaamaa||Muthurasu (Pichumani, Hussain and James)||Tamil|
|Sundara Pandian||Pandi, Sundar||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|
|Nilave Mugam Kaattu||Murthy (Govind)||Tamil|
|Anandha Poongatre||Haridas||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Unakkaga Ellam Unakkaga||Sakthivel||Tamil|
|2000||Thai Poranthachu||Aravind||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Sandhitha Velai||Aadalarasu, Thirunaavukkarasu||Tamil|
|2001||Ullam Kollai Poguthae||Gautham||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|2010||Maanja Velu||Subash Chandra Bose||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|
|1991||Suya Mariyathai||"Vanmedu Megham"||Shivajiraaja|
|1992||Amaran||"Vethala Potta Sokkula",
|1993||Chinna Jameen||"Onappu Thattu"||Ilaiyaraaja||Swarnalatha|
|1997||Pistha||"Kozhi Curry Kondu Varatta"||S. A. Rajkumar|
|1998||Harichandra||"Harichandran "||Anand, Gopal, Shaleen||Gopal Rao|
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