Karunas

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Karunas Sethu
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Karunas
Born Karunanidhi
(1970-02-21) 21 February 1970 (age 45)
Peravurani, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Actor, comedian, musician
Years active 2001 – present
Spouse(s) Grace

Karunas (born 21 February 1970 as Karunanidhi Sethu) is an Indian actor and comedian in the Tamil film industry. Appearing mostly in supporting roles, he has also played lead roles in films including Dindigul Sarathy (2008) and Ambasamudram Ambani (2008). Apart from acting, Karunas has also been credited in films as a producer, music composer and a singer, while he continues to serve as the Vice President of the Nadigar Sangam, after being elected in October 2015.[1]

Early life[edit]

Karunas was born as Karunanidhi Sethu in Peravurani, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. He did his schooling at Palangudi Bharathi School and later studied at Nandanam Arts, Presidency College. Karunas began his career as pop singer and dancer, working extensively on Tamil folk music.[2][3] He then gradually appeared in films as a comedian.

Film career[edit]

Karunas began work as a gaana singer aged 12, earning the moniker "Gaana" Karunas, and made his television debut through Yuhi Sethu's Naiyaandi Darbar show in the late 1990s as a musician. Director Bala heard one of his songs and subsequently signed Karunas on for an acting role in his second directorial venture, the drama film Nandha (2001). He was cast as the comedian and his role as 'Lodukku' Pandi won him critical acclaim, prompting him to accept further film offers.[4] He subsequently went on to appear in notable films including Baba (2002), Pithamagan (2003), Vasool Raja MBBS (2004) and Polladhavan (2007) in supporting comedy roles. Karunas has also distributed two films, Pori (2007) and Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), but the failure of both films has prompted him to stay away from distributing any further ventures.[4]

Karunas first appeared in the lead role in the comedy drama, Dindigul Sarathy (2008), portraying an insecure man with an inferior complex. With heavy promotions by Sun Pictures, the film became a surprise success at the box office and prompted Karunas to appear in further lead roles in the comedy films Ambasamudram Ambani (2010), Chandhamama (2013), Ragalaipuram (2013) and Lodukku Pandi (2015).[5] In between the films, he also trialled serious performances, and was briefly involved in the making of Thanga Meengal (2013) before it underwent a change of cast, while he won acclaim for his role in Santosh Sivan's war drama film, Ceylon (2014).[6] His films as the lead hero, gradually had lower key promotions than the previous ones, and in 2015, Karunas announced he would not appear in any further lead roles.[7] He subsequently made a return to starring supporting roles thereafter, winning critical acclaim for his performance of a suicidal man in Darling (2015) and as a villager in Komban (2015), which became his hundredth film.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Karunas is married to Grace, a playback singer in the Tamil film industry. The pair had met when Karunas was the guest judge at an inter-collegiate singing competition, and after being impressed, Karunas asked her to sing in his personal music album.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

As an actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Nandha 'Lodukku' Pandi
2002 Pesadha Kannum Pesume
123 Aalavandhaan
Baba Sambumani
Villain Kodukan
Kadhal Azhivathillai Samy
April Maadhathil Jackson
Jaya
Bala
2003 Kadhaludan Durai
Puthiya Geethai Ganesh
Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu
Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu
Thiruda Thirudi Rockfort Chandru
Success
Kaiyodu Kai
Ragasiyamai Suraa Sriganthan
Pithamagan Karuvaayan
Thirumalai Thirumalai's Friend
Iyarkai Nandu
Anbe Un Vasam
Indru
Sinthamal Sitharamal
2004 Ennavo Pudichirukku Peela Magan
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan Vimal
Varnajaalam Logu
Kuththu Guru's Friend
Jana
New Vichu (Ex)
Vasool Raja MBBS Amit
Attagasam Pangu
2005 Devathaiyai Kanden 'Kaduppu' Subramani
Kadhal Seiya Virumbu
Kadhal FM Chili Chicken
E Tony
Kasthuri Maan
Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam
2006 Sudesi
Mercury Pookkal
Prathi Gnayiru 9.30 to 10.00 Romeo
Idhu Kadhal Varum Paruvam
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Tiger Prathaphan
Thagappansaamy
2007 Pori
Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen
Vedha
Arputha Theevu
Madurai Veeran
Muthal Kanave
Nee Naan Nila
Maa Madurai Arumugam
En Uyirinum Melana
Tholaipesi
Puli Varudhu Karupa
Kattradhu Thamizh Yuvaan-Suang
Polladhavan Auto Kumar
Rameswaram
2008 Sadhu Miranda Vellai
Yaaradi Nee Mohini Ganesh
Vallamai Tharayo
Dhanam
Netru Indru Naalai
Silambattam
Dindigul Sarathy Sarathy
Thiruvannamalai Duraisingam
Panchamirtham Pandi
2009 Satrumun Kidaitha Thagaval
Adada Enna Azhagu
Ayan Dilli
Ilampuyal K.S.Thurai
Rajathi Raja Krishnamurthy
Maasilamani
Arumugam Velu
2010 Rettaisuzhi Military army
Ambasamudram Ambani Thandapani
Pournami Naagam
Baana Kaathadi Kumar
365 Kadhal Kadithangal
Enthiran Ravi
Uthama Puthiran Janaki
2011 Ilaignan Subair
Kasethan Kadavulada Karuna
Maharaja
2012 Kazhugu Nandu
Aathi Narayana
Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam
Ullam unreleased; direct-to-television
2013 Chandamama Santhanakrishnan also producer
Ragalaipuram Velu also producer
2014 Ceylon Stanley
2015 Darling Athisaya Raj
Komban Muniyandi
Masss Azhagu
Lodukku Pandi Pandi
Savaale Samaali Karunakaran
Maya
Puli Sooran
Kathirvel Kaaka
2016 Azhagu Kutti Chellam
Kathakali Karpooram
Pugazh Filming
Saravana Poigai Filming
Machan All in All Azhaguraja Delayed
Pottu Filming

As a music director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2009 Rajathi Raja
2010 Ambasamudram Ambani
2011 Kasethan Kadavulada

As a singer[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2002 Shree "Madurai Jilla" T.S Muralidharan
2007 Chennai 600028 "Jalsa" (Remix) Yuvan Shankar Raja
2009 Rajathi Raja "Kathirikka" Himself
2011 Kasethan Kadavulada "Kasethan" Himself
2013 Chandhamama "Koyambedu Silk Akka" Srikanth Deva Also lyricist
Ceylon "Londoniley" Vishal Chandrashekhar
Ragalaipuram "Obamavum Ingethan" Srikanth Deva
2015 Darling "Vandha Mala" G. V. Prakash Kumar

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