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Sivakarthikeyan in 2021
Born (1985-02-17) 17 February 1985 (age 37)
Alma materJ. J. College of Engineering and Technology (B.E.)
  • TV host
  • actor
  • singer
  • film producer
  • lyricist
Years active2007–present
(m. 2010)
HonoursKalaimamani (2020)[3]

Sivakarthikeyan (born 17 February 1985),[4] also referred to as SK, is an Indian actor, singer, film producer, lyricist, and television presenter, who works predominantly in Tamil cinema and television.

In 2012, he featured in a supporting role in the Dhanush starred film 3. In 2013, Sivakarthikeyan appeared in three films: Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Ethir Neechal and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam. His performances that year won him the 2013 Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year.[5] He has also won a Tamil Nadu State Film Award, four Edison Awards, three SIIMA Awards and two other Vijay Awards. He produces Tamil films under his production company, Sivakarthikeyan Productions.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Sivakarthikeyan married Aarthi on 27 August 2010 and the couple was blessed with a girl Aradhana on 22 October 2013 and a boy Gugan Doss on 12 July 2021. His daughter had also sung few songs alongside Sivakarthikeyan.


2007–2012: Television and shift to cinema[edit]

During college, Sivakarthikeyan took part in various cultural events and performed mimicry and stand-up comedy on stage.[7] 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 mimicry artist. Despite initial reluctance to participate, he won the show.[8] He appeared in short films including his friend Atlee's Mugapputhagam,[9] Identity, Kurahl 786 and 360°. The makers of Aegan noticed Sivakarthikeyan and offered him a supporting role, but his portions didn't make the final cut.[10]

Director Pandiraj approached him to play the lead role in his film Marinaand 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.[11] 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."[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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."[15]

2013–2019: Experimentation in genres and success[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.[16] The film opened to positive reviews with critics.[17][18] The film became a surprise success at the box office and ended up being a profitable venture for producers and distributors.[19] 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, Vetrimaaran. It is a story about a young man having talent as a runner, who strives to make an identity for himself. 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 friend. 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 it 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.[20] The film completed 100 days during its theatrical run and is Sivakarthikeyan's biggest commercial box office success to date.[21] Sivakarthikeyan's entertaining performances in 2013 has led him to win the year's Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year, an on-stage moment which Sivakarthikeyan described as "memorable".[22] He started the year 2014 with a comedy film Maan Karate produced by AR Murugadoss. The film featured him as a carefree urban youth who fakes himself as a boxer to impress a girl.

Sivakarthikeyan with Nivin Pauly and Vikram at Iru Mugan film audio launch event.

In 2015, Sivakarthikeyan paired up once again with his Ethir Neechal director, Durai Senthilkumar, for a cop action film, Kaaki 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.[23] He again joined hands with his Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam director in the film Rajini Murugan where another newcomer Keerthy Suresh acted. The film's producer, N. Linguswamy, ultimately failed to provide Sivakarthikeyan with his salary due to losses incurred by the film's delayed release.[citation needed] His film Remo, directed by debutant Bakkiyaraj Kannan and produced by R. D. Raja, featured Sivakarthikeyan playing a love-struck youth disguising himself as a female nurse to befriend his love interest.[24] Sivakarthikeyan's next venture was director Mohan Raja's action-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.[25] He then featured in Seemaraja, directed by Ponram. The film, featuring an ensemble cast including Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Simran, Lal and Soori, released on 13 September 2018, coinciding with the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, received mixed reviews.[26] His next venture, Kanaa, in Arunraja Kamaraj's directorial debut, featured Sivakarthikeyan as a cricket coach along with Aishwarya Rajesh and Sathyaraj. The film was released on 21 December 2018. It was the debut movie of SK productions.[citation needed] Sivakarthikeyan's next venture was the film, Mr. Local, starring opposite Nayanthara for the second time, which received poor reviews. He made his Telugu film debut alongside Aishwarya Rajesh in the film Kousalya Krishnamurthy, the remake of Kanaa.[27] In 2019, Sivakarthikeyan appeared in the family drama film Namma Veettu Pillai, and in a super hero film Hero.

2021–present: Career expansion[edit]

His next film, Doctor, was released on 9 October 2021 and received highly positive reviews from the critics and audience. It became Sivakarthikeyan's career's highest-grossing movie, with a global cume of 100 crores. This is his first movie to join the 100 crore club. His next release was Don, which released on 13 May 2022.[28] Like Doctor, it received favorable reviews by both the critics and audience. It also went on to collect 100 crores at the global box office, becoming his second consecutive 100 crore hit. In February 2022, he began filming for a Tamil–Telugu bilingual film under the direction of Anudeep KV, of Jathi Ratnalu, fame titled Prince.[29]




Films that have not yet been released

Denotes films that have not yet been released

As an actor[edit]

  • All films are in Tamil unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2012 Marina Senthilnathan (Senthil) Tamil film debut
3 Kumaran Supporting role
Manam Kothi Paravai Kannan
2013 Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga Pattai Murugan (“Ranga” Murugan)
Ethir Neechal Kunjithapatham (Harish)
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam Bose Pandi
2014 Maan Karate Peter
2015 Kaaki Sattai Madhimaran Ratnavel
Vajrakaya Himself Kannada film; cameo appearance
2016 Rajini Murugan Rajini Murugan and Bosepandi
Remo Siva Karthikeyan "SK" (Regina Motwani "Remo")
2017 Velaikkaran Arivazhagan (Arivu)
2018 Seema Raja Seema Raja and Kadambavel Raja [30]
Kanaa Nelson Dilipkumar
2019 Mr. Local Manohar
Kousalya Krishnamurthy Nelson Dilipkumar Telugu film debut; remake of Kanaa
Namma Veettu Pillai Arumpon
Hero Sakthivel “Sakthi”
2021 Doctor Dr. Varun
2022 Don Chakaravarthi (Don)
Prince Not yet released TBA Filming; bilingual film [31]
Ayalaan Not yet released Raghu Post-production
2023 Maaveeran Not yet released TBA Filming

As a producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2018 Kanaa Debut Producer
2019 Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja
2021 Vaazhl Direct Release on SonyLIV
2021 Doctor
2022 Don

As dubbing artist[edit]

Year Film Actor Notes
2012 Sridhar Siddharth Tamil dubbed version


Year Series Role Channel Notes
2007 Kalakka Povathu Yaaru Season 3 Contestant Star Vijay Winner
2008 Kalakkal Champions
Jodi Number One Season 3 Runner-up
Kana Kaanum Kaalangal Himself Special appearance
Kodambakkam Skool Billa
2009 Boys vs Girls Season 1 Contestant
Kana Kaanum Kaalangal Himself Special appearance
Adhu Idhu Edhu Host
Super Singer Junior
Boys vs Girls Season 2 Host / Contestant
2010 Jodi Number One Season 5 Host
Airtel Super Singer Season 3
Jodi Number One Junior
2011 5th Annual Vijay Awards
Kings of Comedy Season 1
2012 6th Annual Vijay Awards


As playback singer[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2013 Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam "Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam" D. Imman
2014 Maan Karate "Royapuram Peter" Anirudh Ravichander
2015 Kaaki Sattai "I'm So Cool"
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
2019 Mr. Local "Kalakkalu Mr. Localu" Hiphop Tamizha
Thumbaa "Humpty Dumpty" Santhosh Dhayanidhi
Sixer "Engavena Kochikinu Po" Ghibran
2021 Lift "Inna Myluu" Britto Michael

As lyricist[edit]

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2018 Kolamaavu Kokila "Kalyana Vayasu" Anirudh Ravichander
2019 Gurkha "Hey Poya" Raj Aryan
Namma Veettu Pillai "Gaandha Kannazhagi" D. Imman
Adithya Varma "Idhu Enna Maayamo" Radhan
2021 Doctor "Chellamma" Anirudh Ravichander
"So Baby"
Naai Sekar "Edakku Modakku"
2022 Etharkkum Thunindhavan "Summa Surrunu" D. Imman
Beast "Arabic Kuthu" Anirudh Ravichander
Don "Private Party" Anirudh Ravichander

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2012 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Special Prize Award Marina Won [32]
2013 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Male Debut – Tamil Manam Kothi Paravai Nominated [33]
Vijay Awards Best Debut Actor Marina Nominated [7]
2014 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Tamil Ethir Neechal Won [34]
Sensation of South Indian Cinema Won
Vijay Awards Entertainer of the Year Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Ethir Neechal,
Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam
Won [35]
Vijay Television Awards Pride of Vijay TV Won [36]
2017 Edison Awards Best Entertainer of the year Remo Won [37]
IIFA Utsavam Best Actor – Tamil Rajini Murugan Nominated [38]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Tamil Remo Won [39]
2018 Edison Awards Best Actor Velaikkaran Nominated [40]
Favorite Actor Won [41]
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Tamil Won [42]
2021 South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor Namma Veettu Pillai Nominated [citation needed]

Edison Awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]


Remo success meet issue[edit]

On 12 October 2016, at the success meet of Remo, Sivakarthikeyan revealed that, when the film was ready for release, there were quite a few obstacles created by people who wanted to ensure it didn't release.[citation needed] He faced a similar agony when his film Rajini Murugan saw a delayed release in January 2016.[44]

P. L. Thenappan, the general secretary of Tamil Nadu Producers Council, has told a website that K. E. Gnanavelraja of Studio Green, Madan of Escape Artists and Vendhar Movies Madhan have filed formal complaints accusing the actor of taking advance amounts to act in their films, but failing to fulfil his commitments. Gnanavel Raja has an agreement copy of their deal, while the other two do not have the same. On the other hand, Sivakarthikeyan has admitted to have taken the advance amount from Gnanavel Raja, but there is no mention of the other two.[45] Actors Simbu and Vishal, extended support to Sivakarthikeyan about the issue.[46]


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