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Sivakarthikeyan at Maan Karate success meeting in 2014
Sivakarthikeyan Doss

17 February 1985 (1985-02-17) (age 34)[1]
ResidenceChennai, Tamil Nadu
EducationJ. J. College of Engineering and Technology
OccupationActor, Producer, Singer, Television host, lyricist, mimicry artist
Years active2007–present
Aarthi (m. 2010)
Children1 (Aaradhana, b. 2013)

Sivakarthikeyan (born 17 February 1985) is an Indian actor, comedian, playback singer, producer and lyricist who works in Tamil films. He began his career in television as stand up comedian and reality show personality at Star Vijay. Later he started acting in movies.

He made his acting debut in Marina (2012). He continued acting in back to back films like Manam Kothi Paravai (2012) and Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga (2013) and achieved stardom with Ether Neechal (2013).


Career beginnings and Breakthrough (2008–12)[edit]

During his college days he took part in various cultural events and performed mimicry and standup comedy on stage. Between his studies he took three months break and during this period his friends convinced him to go for auditions of Kalakka Povathu Yaaru, a reality show for comedy aired on Star Vijay.He started his career as a mimcry artist. Despite initial reluctance to participate, he won the show.[2] He appeared in short films including his friend Atlee's Mugapputhagam,[3] Identity, Kurahl 786 and 360°.

Director Pandiraj approached him to play the lead role in his film Marina, and Sivakarthikeyan signed the project. He prepared for his first role by paying close attention to Pandiraj's instructions and visiting Marina Beach extensively to study the surroundings, while revealing that he hoped that his natural talent of humour would come through on-screen.[4] Featuring alongside Oviya as a young couple in the film, Siva's performance was well received with a critic noting "the romance adds color to a monochrome film", while the reviewer also noted that the "role of Senthilnathan requires Siva to be just himself, it is just a cake walk in terms of performance for this actor."[5]

Prior to Marina's release, Aishwarya Dhanush had signed him up to play a supporting role as Dhanush's friend in 3, after being impressed with his work on stage as a host.[6] Following significant pre-release hype, the film opened to predominantly positive reviews with critics appreciating Sivakarthikeyan's work providing comic relief in a serious film.[7] The project also marked the beginning of an association with Dhanush, whom Sivakarthikeyan has often stated is his mentor in the film industry. He was next seen in Ezhil's romantic comedy Manam Kothi Paravai, which opened to mixed reviews but had a decent run at the box office.

A critic noted that the film "might not provide Sivakarthikeyan the platform he is aspiring for – lead roles in movies. But it does showcase his potential as an actor, moving away from the annals of a comedian."[8]

Commercial Stardom and Continuous Success (2013 – present)[edit]

In 2013 he appeared in three films.In his first release of the year,Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, a dual hero coming-of-age comedy, Sivakarthikeyan partnered once again with Pandiraj and shot for the film in his hometown of Tiruchirappalli alongside Vimal.[9] The film opened to positive reviews with critics.[10][11] The film became a surprise success at the box office and ended up being a profitable venture for producers and distributors.[12] His next success was through Dhanush's debut production venture Ethir Neechal, written and directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar, a former assistant of film director, Vetrimaran. It is a story about a Common Young man having talent as a runner, who strives to make his identity into a pride one. His third release in 2013, director Ponram's comedy Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, saw him portray a carefree rural youth where he paired up with another newcomer Sri Divya. Actor Soori played an important role in the film as Sivakarthikeyan's close aide. It was also the first time that Sivakarthikeyan sang a song in a film and a promotional video of its making was released to market the film. He won positive reviews for his performance from critics, with Sify noting "Sivakarthikeyan is terrific as Bosepandi because he makes this yarn look so believable on screen with his body language, eyes and dialogue delivery". Another reviewer called him a delight to watch and claimed that he carried the script.[13] The film completed 100 days during its theatrical run and is Sivakarthikeyan's biggest commercial box office success to date.[14] Sivakarthikeyan's entertaining performances in 2013 has led him winning the Vijay Awards 2013 for the "Entertainer of the year". "It was the memorable moment," says Sivakarthikeyan.[15]

He started the year 2014 with a comedy film Maan Karate produced by A R Murugadoss The film featured him as a carefree urban youth who fakes himself as a boxer to impress a girl. The film was a commercial success.[16][17]

In 2015, Sivakarthikeyan paired up once again with his Ethir Neechal director, Durai Senthilkumar, for a cop film, Kakki Sattai. The film released on 27 February 2015. It was a story about a sincere Constable who takes risks to stop black market Organ donation and having the aim to become an Inspector.[18] He again joined hands with his Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam director in the film Rajini Murugan where another newcomer Keerthy Suresh had came and acted, who became most popular actress after this film in cinema industry. The film's producer, N. Linguswamy, ultimately failed to provide Sivakarthikeyan with his salary due to losses incurred by the film's delayed release.[19] His film Remo, directed by debutant Bakkiyaraj Kannan and produced by R. D. Raja, featured Sivakarthikeyan playing love-struck youth disguising himself as a female nurse to befriend his love interest.[20] Sivakarthikeyan's next venture was director Mohan Raja's thriller, Velaikkaran, pairing with Nayanthara and featuring Fahadh Faasil as the main antagonist. The film, which revolves around an employee fighting against food adulteration in society, was released on 22 December 2017 to positive reviews from critics.[21] He then featured in Seema Raja, directed by Ponram. The film, featuring an ensemble cast including Samantha Akkineni, Simran, Lal and Soori, released on 13 September 2018, coinciding with the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi received mixed reviews. His next venture, Kanaa, directed by Arunraja Kamaraj in his directorial debut, featured him as a cricket coach along with Aishwarya Rajesh and Sathyaraj. The film was released on 21 December 2018.



All the films are in Tamil, unless otherwise noted.

Year Film Role Director Notes
2012 Marina Senthilnathan Pandiraj 1st film
2012 3 Kumaran Aishwarya R. Dhanush
2012 Manam Kothi Paravai Kannan Ezhil
2013 Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga Pattai "Ranga" Murugan Pandiraj
Ethir Neechal Kunjithapatham (Harish) R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam Bose Pandi Ponram
2014 Maan Karate Royapuram Peter Thirukumaran
2015 Kaaki Sattai R. Madhimaran R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Vajrakaya Co-Dancer in Title song Harsha Kannada film, Cameo appearance
2016 Rajini Murugan Rajini Murugan, Bose Pandi Ponram
Remo Siva Kanthan "SK" (Regina "Remo" Motwani) Bakkiyaraj Kannan
2017 Velaikkaran Arivu Mohan Raja
2018 Seema Raja Seema Raja / Kadambavel Raja Ponram
Kanaa Nelson Dhilipkumar Arunraja Kamaraj Extended Cameo
2019 Mr Local Manohar M. Rajesh May 1st Release
SK14 R. Ravikumar Filming
2020 Hero P. S. Mithran Pre-production
SK16 Pandiraj Pre-production
SK17 Vignesh Shivan Pre-production


Year Film Cast Director Notes
2018 Kanaa Aishwarya Rajesh, Sathyaraj Arunraj Kamaraj
2019 Nenjam Undu Nermai Undu Odu Raja Rio Raj, Shirin Kanchwala Karthik Venugopal

Black Sheep Team (Youtubers)


Year Reality Show/Fiction/Live Show Role Channel Notes
2007 Kalakka Povathu Yaaru: Season 1 Contestant Star Vijay
2008 Kalakkal Champions
Jodi Number One: Season 3
Kana Kaanum Kaalangal: Season 1 Himself Special Appearance
Kodambakkam Skool Billa
2009 Boys vs Girls: Season 1 Contestant
Kana Kaanum Kaalangal: Season 2 Himself Special Appearance
Adhu Idhu Edhu Anchor
Super Singer Junior
Boys vs Girls: Season 2 Anchor/Contestant
2010 Jodi Number One: Season 5 Anchor
Airtel Super Singer 3
Jodi Number One Junior
2011 Koffee with Siva
5th Vijay Awards
Kings of Comedy: Season 1
2012 6th Vijay Awards
2016 Comedy Super Night 2 Himself Flowers TV Malayalam show


Playback Singer[edit]

Year Film Song Music Composer Notes
2013 Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam "Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam" D. Imman
2014 Maan Karate "Royapuram Peter" Anirudh Ravichander
2015 Kaaki Sattai "Iam So Cool" Anirudh Ravichander
2015 Mapla Singam "Edhukku Machchan" N. R. Raghunanthan Movie Version Only
2016 Rajini Murugan "Rajini Murugan" D. Imman
2018 Kanaa "Vaayadi Petha Pulla" Dhibu Ninan Thomas


Year Film Song Music Composer Notes
2018 Kolamavu Kokila "Kalyana Vayasu" Anirudh Ravichander



Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
Behindwoods Gold Medals
Edison Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards
Vijay Awards
Techofes Award
Other Awards
  • 2011 Vikatan Award – Best Anchor for Jodi No.1
  • 2013 Raj TV Mudhal Moovar Award for Best Debutant Actor Award for Marina
  • 2013 Women Exclusive Magazine Award
  • 2014 Audi Ritz Icon Awards
  • 2014 Mirchi Music Awards South – Youth Icon Award
  • 2014 SICA Award for Youth Icon
  • 2016 MGR Sivaji Academy Awards – Best Actor Award for Rajini Murugan and Remo
  • 2017 Living Legends Awards – Young Achiever Award
  • 2017 Audi Ritz Style Awards – South India's Most Admired Celebrity Award
  • 2017 Abirami Awards – Best Actor Award For Velaikkaran


  • 2018 Galatta Debut Awards – People Choice Award For Best Producer Kanaa


  • 2018 Galatta Debut Awards – Best Debut Lyricist Award for "Kalyana Vayasu" Ko Ko


  1. ^ "Happy birthday Sivakarthikeyan: Eight lesser known facts about this rising star". 17 February 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. Just 14 days before his 27th birthday, Sivakarthikeyan made his debut as a leading man with Marina, which released on February 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Lakshmi, V. (27 June 2013) I never thought I'd become a hero: engal veetu pillai. The Times of India.
  3. ^ Sivakarthikeyan's Short Film by Atlee. (9 April 2011). Retrieved on 27 February 2016.
  4. ^ Love and laughter. The Hindu (15 March 2012). Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  5. ^ Marina Review – Marina Movie Review.
  6. ^ Here's why Siva is unhappy!. The New Indian Express. Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  7. ^ Movie Review : 3. Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  8. ^ Manam Kothi Paravai Review – Manam Kothi Paravai Movie Review. Retrieved on 13 April 2014. This was the breakthrough performance in his film career
  9. ^ Smart Alec. The Hindu (2 February 2013). Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  10. ^ Movie Review: Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga review. Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  11. ^ Review: Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga is an entertainer – Movies. (29 March 2013). Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  12. ^ Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga-A mass hit. (5 April 2013). Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  13. ^ Mannath, Malini. (8 September 2013) Varuthapadatha Vaalibar Sangam: Karthikeyan's splendid take. The New Indian Express. Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  14. ^ Yet another century for Sivakarthikeyan – The Times of India. (14 December 2013). Retrieved on 13 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Vijay Awards: Ajith's 'Arrambam', Kamal Haasan, Sivakarthikeyan Bag Awards [Winners List]". 6 July 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  16. ^ "CHENNAI BOX OFFICE". Behindwoods. 25 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Chennai Box-Office". Sify. 21 April 2014.
  18. ^ 'Kakki Sattai (Kaaki Sattai) Opening Weekend Box Office Collection: Sivakarthikeyan's Film Earns ₹13.34 Crore in the First Weekend. (2 March 2015). Retrieved on 6 May 2015.
  19. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan's salary for Rajini Murugan is negative! – KOLLY TALK". 16 January 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  20. ^ "Remo (aka) Sivakarthikeyan's Remo review". Behindwoods. 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  21. ^ "Velaikkaran review- An honest film that hits the right notes". 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.

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