Karthik Subbaraj

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Karthik Subbaraj
Karthik Subbaraj at Iraivi Press Meet.jpg
Karthik at Iraivi Press Meet in 2016
Born (1983-03-19) 19 March 1983 (age 39)[1]
Alma materThiagarajar College of Engineering
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
Years active2012–present
Sathya Prema
(m. 2011)

Karthik Subbaraj is an Indian film director, writer and producer working mainly in Tamil cinema.

Life and career[edit]

Karthik did his schooling in SBOA Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, Madurai after which he went on to study Mechatronics at Thiagarajar College of Engineering. During his college days he performed stage shows and skits.[3] His father, Gajaraj, is an actor who has acted in many supporting roles in films like Mundasupatti and Kabali.[4]

He made the short film "Kaatchipizhai" in Madurai, which was selected for Nalaya Iyakunar.[5]

Karthik had intended to direct Jigarthanda first but could not fund the project. He then came up with the story for the low-budget Pizza which introduced the 7.1 sound system. The film was a commercial success, remade in Hindi, Bengali and Kannada.[6] This allowed him the opportunity to make Jigarthanda, which received positive reviews and earned actor Bobby Simha a national award.[7] Subbaraj was praised by industry stalwarts like director S. Shankar and Mani Ratnam.[8][9] His third movie, Iraivi (2016), received positive reviews and Subbaraj was praised for the film's portrayal of society's treatment of women. The movie also observed the various ways men's attitudes and behaviors impact women throughout life. He also showcased the pain he gothrough from the producer of his second film, through the character of SJ Surya. He then went on and directed a silent thriller, Mercury (2018), starring Prabhu Deva in its lead, which was not a commercial success.[10] He produced Kallachirippu, a web series under his banner Stone bench.[11]

Subbaraj directed the action drama Petta (2019) with Rajinikanth's 166th film. Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures produced the film while Anirudh Ravichander composed the film's music, replacing Santhosh Narayanan who composed for the director's previous ventures. Nawazuddin Siddiqui made his Tamil film debut with this film.[12] In the meanwhile, he produced the Amazon original movie Penguin starring Keerthy Suresh in the lead role.[13] He produced the Hotstar Originals web series Triples starring Jai and Vani Bhojan.[14] He also directed Vikram’s starrer Mahaan which was directly premiered on Amazon Prime Video.[15]

He then directed Miracle, a short film for the Amazon Anthology film Putham Pudhu Kaalai (2020).[16]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes Ref.
2012 Pizza Yes Yes No
2014 Jigarthanda Yes Yes No
2015 Bench Talkies Yes Yes No Segment: Neer
2016 Iraivi Yes Yes No
Aviyal No No Yes
2017 Meyaadha Maan No No Yes
2018 Mercury Yes Yes No
Kallachirippu No No Yes ZEE5 original series
2019 Petta Yes Yes No
2020 Penguin No No Yes Released on Amazon Prime Video
Putham Pudhu Kaalai Yes Yes No Segment: Miracle

Released on Amazon Prime Video

Triples No No Yes Hotstar original series
2021 Jagame Thandhiram Yes Yes No Released on Netflix
Navarasa Yes Yes No Netflix original series; segment: Peace
Boomika No No Yes Released on Star Vijay & Netflix
2022 Mahaan Yes Yes No Released on Amazon Prime Video
2023 RC15 Not yet released No Story No Filming; Telugu Film


  1. ^ "Karthik Subbaraj: Movies, Photos, Videos, News & Biography - eTimes". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Kadhalil Sodhapathathu Eppadi - Kadhalil Sodhapathathu Eppadi - (Karthik Subbaraj & Sathya Prema) - (23/03/2014)". YouTube. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Stage shows and skits during college days". December 2015.
  4. ^ Kabali: Karthik Subbaraj's father to play a role in Rajini's next : Regional cinema, News – India Today. Indiatoday.intoday.in (22 August 2015). Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Exclusive biography of #KarthikSubbaraj and on his life".
  6. ^ Pizza Review – Pizza Movie Review. Behindwoods.com. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ Jigarthanda Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  8. ^ Vijay enjoys every bit of Jigarthanda – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (15 August 2014). Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ Updated, Ramchander. (8 August 2014) Now, Mani Ratnam Is Impressed By Jigarthanda. Filmibeat. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Mercury trailer: Karthik Subbaraj's silent horror-thriller sees Prabhu Deva in a scary avatar-Entertainment News , Firstpost". 9 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Karthik Subbaraj goes full throttle as producer". www.deccanchronicle.com/. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  12. ^ "This is the Rajinikanth's next venture after superhit 'Petta'". 3 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Penguin (Aka) Penguinn review". 19 June 2020.
  14. ^ "The New Disney+ Hotstar Show Triples, Starring Jai and Vani Bhojan, Promises to be an Adventurous Ride". 30 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Chiyaan 60: Karthik Subbaraj to direct Vikram's upcoming film; will this be a gangster drama?". The Times of India. 1 June 2020. Archived from the original on 19 June 2020. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  16. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (15 October 2020). "'Putham Pudhu Kaalai' movie review: A delightful look at life and relationships during lockdown". The Hindu.