Karthik Subbaraj

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Karthik Subbaraj
Director Karthik Subbaraj in December, 2012.jpg
Subbaraj in 2012
Born Madurai, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, actor, producer
Years active 2012–present

Karthik Subbaraj is an Indian film director. He made the short film "Kaatchipizhai" in Madurai, which was selected for Naalaya 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.

His film Jigarthanda, which deals with the Madurai underworld, was released in September 2014 and received critical acclaim. The film starred Siddharth, Lakshmi Menon, Bobby Simha and Karunakaran.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Car Karthik attended the SBOA Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, chennai, and went on to study Mechatronics at Thiagarajar College of Engineering.[3] During his college days he performed stage shows and skits. His father, Gajaraj, is an actor who has had supporting roles in films like Onaayum Aattukuttiyum and Mundasupatti.[4]

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 in which he introduced the 7.1 sound system.[clarification needed] The film was a commercial success, remade in Hindi and Kannada.[5] This allowed him the opportunity to make Jigarthanda, which received positive reviews and earned actor Bobby Simha a national award.[6] Subbaraj was praised by Tamil actor Vijay and director Mani Rathnam.[7][8] His third movie,[clarification needed] 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 behaviours impact women throughout life.


Kathiresan, who produced Jigarthanda, alleged that Subbaraj exceeded his budget and refused when told to cut the violent sequences.[9]

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 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.[10]


As director
As actor
As Producer
Short films
  • Raavanam
  • Thuru
  • Petti Case
  • We
  • Broken Gods
  • Buoyants
  • Kaatchipizhai – Parallax
  • Cause & Effect
  • React
  • Last Train
  • Who's the Indian
  • Outpourings
  • Dark Game
  • BlackWhite
  • Neer


  1. ^ Parthasarathy, Anusha (2 June 2011). "The 'reel' life". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Karthik Subburaj". The Hindu. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "'SBOA' alumni". SBOA School (Facebook). Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  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 2016-12-17.
  5. ^ Pizza Review – Pizza Movie Review. Behindwoods.com. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  6. ^ Jigarthanda Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ Vijay enjoys every bit of Jigarthanda – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (15 August 2014). Retrieved on 2016-12-17.
  8. ^ Updated, Ramchander. (8 August 2014) Now, Mani Ratnam Is Impressed By Jigarthanda. Filmibeat. Retrieved on 2016-12-17.
  9. ^ Siddharth leaves it in the hands of the Producer – Tamil Movie News. Indiaglitz.com (4 July 2014). Retrieved on 2016-12-17.
  10. ^ Iraivi controversy: The inside story of the war between Karthik Subbaraj and producers. The News Minute (7 June 2016). Retrieved on 2016-12-17.