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Karthik at Iraivi Press Meet in 2016
19 March 1983
|Alma mater||Thiagarajar College of Engineering|
Sathya Prema (m. 2011)
Karthik Subbaraj is a south Indian film director, writer and producer. He made the short film "Kaatchipizhai" in Madurai, which was selected for Nalaya Iyakunar (a TV competition for short films). He then went on to make other films and released the 2012 low-budget thriller Pizza which was a commercial success. He won the Best Debutante Director in 2013 at SIMA awards.
His film Jigarthanda, which deals with the Madurai underworld, was released in September 2014 and received critical acclaim. The film starred Rathish Raveendran from Erode, Siddharth, Lakshmi Menon, Bobby Simha and Karunakaran. He then went onto direct his idol and the ultimate Superstar of India Rajinikanth, in his 5th directorial venture Petta, produced by SunPictures which ultimately became the highest grossing movie of south indian cinema in 2019. Subbaraj said in the audio launch event of the movie, that the legendary actor was his role model and described how Subbaraj and his father watched all movies of Rajinikanth in madurai, accepting Rajini as his demi god.
Life and career
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. His father, Gajaraj, is an actor who has acted in many supporting roles in films like Onaayum Aattukuttiyum, Mundasupatti, Kabali (film), Meesaya Murukku.
Karthik Subbaraj 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 and Kannada. This allowed him the opportunity to make Jigarthanda, which received positive reviews and earned actor Bobby Simha a national award. Subbaraj was praised by Tamil actor Vijay and director Mani Rathnam. His third movie, Iraivi, 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 went on and directed a silent thriller, Mercury, starring Prabhu Deva in its lead. He's producing Kallachirippu, a web series under his banner Stone bench.
Subbaraj, A Rajinikanth fanatic, directed the action thriller Petta, Rajinikanth's 165th film. Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures produced the film while Anirudh Ravichander composed the film's music, replacing Karthik's usual music director, Santhosh Narayanan who composed for the director's previous ventures. Trisha and Simran play the female leads and Vijay Sethupathi as the film's main antagonist. Nawazuddin Siddiqui made his Tamil film debut. Also starring in the film in a prominent supporting role is Bobby Simha.
Kathiresan, who produced Jigarthanda, alleged that Subbaraj exceeded his budget and refused when told to cut the violent sequences.
Producer Gnanavel Raja, who distributed the film Iraivi has expressed irritation with Subbaraj, and in a Whatsapp audio message, regretted being associated with the film. He said that Subbaraj doesn't know the pain of becoming a director as he's never worked as an assistant director to anyone. He also revealed that Subbaraj exceeded the budget and this resulted in a misunderstanding with producer C.V Kumar. It is said that the producers' council has decided to take action against Subbaraj for portraying the producer in poor light.
|Year||Film||Main Lead roles|
|2014||Jigarthanda||Siddharth & Bobby Simha|
|2016||Iraivi||S. J. Suryah, Vijay Sethupathi & Bobby Simha|
- As actor
- 2013 Soodhu Kavvum, as Jaguar car owner
- As Producer
- Short films
- Petty Case
- Broken Gods
- Kaatchipizhai – Parallax
- Cause & Effect
- Last Train
- Who's the Indian
- Dark Game
- As a Story writer
- 2019 Gaddalakonda Ganesh (Valmiki) (Telugu)
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