Karthik Subbaraj

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Karthik Subbaraj
Karthik Subbaraj at Iraivi Press Meet.jpg
Karthik at Iraivi Press Meet in 2016
Karthik Subbaraj

(1983-03-19) 19 March 1983 (age 37)[1]
Alma materThiagarajar College of Engineering Madurai
OccupationFilm director
Film producer
Years active2012–present
Sathya Prema
(m. 2011)
  • Gajaraj (father)

Karthik Subbaraj is an Indian film Director, Writer and Producer working mainly in Tamil cinema.[3]

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.[4] His father, Gajaraj, is an actor who has acted in many supporting roles in films like Mundasupatti and Kabali.[5]

He made the short film "Kaatchipizhai" in Madurai, which was selected for Nalaya Iyakunar (a TV competition for short films).[6]

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 and Kannada.[7] This allowed him the opportunity to make Jigarthanda, which received positive reviews and earned actor Bobby Simha a national award.[8] Subbaraj was praised by industry stalwarts like director S. Shankar and Mani Ratnam.[9][10] 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 went on and directed a silent thriller, Mercury (2018), starring Prabhu Deva in its lead.[11] He produced Kallachirippu, a web series under his banner Stone bench.[12]

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 Karthik's usual music director, Santhosh Narayanan who composed for the director's previous ventures. Nawazuddin Siddiqui made his Tamil film debut with this film.[13] In the meanwhile, he produced Amazon Original Penguin movie starring Keerthy Suresh in the lead role.[14] He produced the Hotstar Originals Triples starring Jai and Vani Bhojan in the lead roles directed by his assistant Charukesh Sekar.[15]

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


As director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2012 Pizza Debut film
2014 Jigarthanda
2015 Bench Talkies (Segment : Neer)
2016 Iraivi
2018 Mercury
2019 Petta
2020 Putham Pudhu Kaalai (Segment : Miracle)
2021 Jagame Thandhiram Post-production
2021 Chiyaan 60 Pre-production

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Notes
2013 Soodhu Kavvum Jaguar car owner

As producer[edit]

Year Film Role
2016 Aviyal
2017 Meyaadha Maan
2018 Kallachirippu Tamil Web Series
2020 Penguin Amazon Prime film
Bilingual (Tamil / Telugu)
2020 Triples Hotstar Web series


  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. ^ https://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/karthik-subbaraj/biography.html
  4. ^ "Stage shows and skits during college days". December 2015.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ https://www.filmistreet.com/celebrity/karthik-subbaraj/
  7. ^ Pizza Review – Pizza Movie Review. Behindwoods.com. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  8. ^ Jigarthanda Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  9. ^ Vijay enjoys every bit of Jigarthanda – Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (15 August 2014). Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ Updated, Ramchander. (8 August 2014) Now, Mani Ratnam Is Impressed By Jigarthanda. Filmibeat. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/mercury-trailer-karthik-subbarajs-silent-horror-thriller-sees-prabhu-deva-in-a-scary-avatar-4424535.html
  12. ^ "Karthik Subbaraj goes full throttle as producer". www.deccanchronicle.com/. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  13. ^ https://english.newstracklive.com/news/this-is-the-rajinikanths-next-venture-after-superhit--petta-sc68-nu-1001065-1.html
  14. ^ https://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies/penguin/penguin-review.html
  15. ^ https://www.filmcompanion.in/trailer-talk/tamil-trailer/the-new-disney-hotstar-show-triples-starring-jai-and-vani-bhojan-promises-to-be-an-adventurous-ride/
  16. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/putham-pudhu-kaalai-movie-review-a-delightful-look-at-life-and-relationships-during-lockdown/article32862993.ece