17 February 1985
Sivakarthikeyan (born 17 February 1985), also referred as SK, is an Indian film actor, playback singer, producer, lyricist and television presenter who works in Tamil films. Sivakarthikeyan began his career in television as a reality show personality on Star Vijay. 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 in the year won him the 2013 Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year. He has won a Tamil Nadu State Film Award, four Edison Awards, three SIIMA Awards and three Vijay Awards. He produces films under his production company, Sivakarthikeyan Productions.
During college, he took part in various cultural events and performed mimicry and stand-up 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 mimicry artist. Despite initial reluctance to participate, he won the show. He appeared in short films including his friend Atlee's Mugapputhagam, 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.
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. 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."
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. 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. 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."
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. The film opened to positive reviews with critics. The film became a surprise success at the box office and ended up being a profitable venture for producers and distributors. 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 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. The film completed 100 days during its theatrical run and is Sivakarthikeyan's biggest commercial box office success to date. Sivakarthikeyan's entertaining performances in 2013 has led him winning the year's Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year, an on-stage moment which Sivakarthikeyan described as "memorable".
In 2015, Sivakarthikeyan paired up once again with his Ethir Neechal director, Durai Senthilkumar, for a cop action 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. 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. 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. 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. He then featured in Seemaraja, 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, 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.
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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2012||Marina||Senthilnathan||Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize|
|Manam Kothi Paravai||Kannan|
|2013||Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga||Pattai "Ranga" Murugan|
|Ethir Neechal||Kunjithapatham (Harish)|
|Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam||Bose Pandi|
|2014||Maan Karate||Rayapuram Peter|
|2015||Kaaki Sattai||R. Madhimaran|
|Vajrakaya||Himself||Kannada film; Cameo appearance in title song|
|2016||Rajini Murugan||Rajini Murugan, Bose Pandi|
|Remo||Sivakarthikeyan "SK" (Regina Motwani "Remo")|
|2018||Seemaraja||Seemaraja / Kadambavel Raja (dual role)|
|Kanaa||Nelson Dilipkumar||Guest Role|
|Kousalya Krishnamurthy||Nelson Dilipkumar||Guest Role.|
|Namma Veettu Pillai||Arumpon|
|2021||Poovellam Kettupar||Ramesh Krishnan||Filming.|
|2018||Kanaa||Aishwarya Rajesh, Sathyaraj||Arunraja Kamaraj||Production Debut|
|2019||Nenjamundu Nermaiyundu Odu Raja||Rio Raj, Shirin Kanchwala||Karthik Venugopal|
|2021||Vaazhl||Pradeep, Bhanu, Diva and Yathra||Arun Prabhu Purushothaman|
|2021||Doctor||Sivakarthikeyan, Vinay, Priyanka Arul Mohan||Nelson Dilipkumar|
|2021||Don||Sivakarthikeyan, Priyanka Arul Mohan||Cibi Chakaravarthi|
|2007||Kalakka Povathu Yaaru: Season 3||Contestant||Star Vijay|
|Jodi Number One: Season 3|
|Kana Kaanum Kaalangal: Season 1||Himself||Special appearance|
|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|
As playback singer
|2013||Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam||"Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam"||D. Imman|
|2014||Maan Karate||"Royapuram Peter"||Anirudh Ravichander|
|2015||Kaaki Sattai||"Iam So Cool"|
|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|
|2019||Mr.Local||"Kalakkalu Mr.Localu"||Hiphop Tamizha|
|2019||Thumbaa||"Humpty Dumpty"||Santhosh Dhayanidhi|
|2019||Sixer||"Engavena Kochikinu Po"||Ghibran|
|2018||Kolamavu Kokila||"Kalyana Vayasu"||Anirudh Ravichander|
|2019||Gurkha||"Hey Poya"||Raj Aryan|
|2019||Namma Veettu Pillai||"Gaandakanazhagi"||D Imman|
|2019||Aditya Varma||"Idhu Enna Maayamo"||Radhan|
Awards and nominations
- 2013 Edison Awards for Best Male Rising Star
- 2015 Edison Awards for Best Entertainer of the Year for Kaaki Sattai
- 2012 Techofes Award – Best Debut Actor Award For Marina
- 2018 Techofes Award – Best Actor Award For Velaikkaran
- 2018 Galatta Debut Awards – People Choice Award For Best Producer Kanaa
- 2019 JFW Awards – Best Women Centric Movie Kanaa
- 2019 Zee Tamil Kudumbam Viruthugal - Most Popular Movie of the Year Kanaa
- 2019 Behindwoods Gold Medal Award - Best Producer for Most Inspiring Film Kanaa
- 2018 Galatta Debut Awards – Best Debut Lyricist Award for "Kalyana Vayasu" Ko Ko
- 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
- 2021 Nammalvar Viruthu
- 2021 Kalaimamani Award - Best Actor
Sivakarthikeyan was often criticised for glorifying stalking onscreen. Though the portrayal was common in his earlier films, it faced huge criticism, when his 2016 film Remo was released, where he stalks his co-star Keerthy Suresh, by dressing in drag. Chennai based PhD scholar Iswarya V, who started the online petition against glorification of stalking in Tamil films by their "Calling Out Stalking" campaign, due to the outbreak of Swathi murder case, which happened in the same year (June 2016) created a nationwide rage, pointed out that Tamil films routinely promote stalking, as an acceptable way of wooing a woman, but doesn't know that these are also responsible for crimes against women. and also publicly advocating its petitioners to boycott the film, because of its portrayal. Many reviewers, especially from the English-press gave harshly critical response for the film, especially Ananda Vikatan, gave a review stating that "detrimental to the Tamil cinema and society". Later Sivakarthikeyan in March 2018, announced that his future films will not have drinking or stalking scenes.
Remo success meet issue
On 12 October 2016, at the success meet of Remo, Sivakarthikeyan became emotional, and cried on stage. He revealed that, when the film was ready for release, there were quite a few obstacles planted by people who wanted to ensure it didn't release. He faced a similar agony when his Rajini Murugan saw a delayed release on January 2016.
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. Actors Simbu and Vishal, extended support to Sivakarthikeyan about the issue.
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Just 14 days before his 27th birthday, Sivakarthikeyan made his debut as a leading man with Bigil, which released on February 3, 2012.
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