Karthi Biography

Tamil film actor Karthi belongs to a family associated with films. He is the younger son of actor Sivakumar and younger brother of Surya Sivakumar.

Karthi completed his education from St. Bedes School, Chennai and graduated in Engineering from Crescent College.  He did masters from the US and also courses in basic filmmaking there before joining Tamil film industry.

Karthi began his film career as an assistant director of Mani Rathnam in Aayitha Ezhuthu and Yuva. Mani Ratnam offered him lead role in Aayitha Ezhuthu, but he refused, the role went to Siddarth Narayan.

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Karthi top grossing film was Paruthiveeran, released in 2007. In this film his performance was highly appreciated and got positive review from the media.   

He then acted in Aayirathil Oruvan released in 2010. This film was a fantasy-adventure directed by Selvaraghavan. He was highly applauded for his superb performance in this movie which was commercially very successful.

Karthi‘s other successful films include; Paiyaa (2010), NaanMahaanAlla (2010), Siruthai (2011) and Saguni (2012) all made him superstar in the Tamil cinema.

Karthi grabbed Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor and Tamil Nadu State Film Special Prize Award for Best Actor for the film Paruthiveeran in the Year 2007.

  His latest films are All In All Azhagu Raja in Tamil,   Biriyani in Telugu and Kaaliin Tamil.

Karthi is also active in social welfare activities. He motivated his admirers through a social welfare club "MakkalNalaMandram".

 In 2011, he promoted awareness about lysosomal storage disease. Karthi is married to Ranjani Chinnasamy.

Karthi Latest News

Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu's 'Arab Spring' set to enter third day (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 18,2017   10:06 pm
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) Tamil Nadu experienced a sort of 'Arab Spring' as thousands of youth rallied at the Marina beach here on Wednesday for the second day and were all set to continue their protest in support of Jallikattu. View More..

Jallikattu: Tamil Nadu's 'Arab Spring' set to enter third day

    Updated On : Jan 18,2017   8:34 pm
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) Tamil Nadu experienced a sort of `Arab Spring' with thousands of youths massed on the Marina beach here on Wednesday for a second day and set to continue the protest in support of Jallikattu. View More..

Won't direct Telugu remake of 'Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru': Karthick

    Updated On : Jan 18,2017   11:48 am
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) Karthick Naren, whose Tamil directorial debut "Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru" has impressed audiences and critics alike, says he won't be directing the Telugu remake of the film. View More..

Jallikattu protests gain strength in Tamil Nadu

    Updated On : Jan 18,2017   9:42 am
Chennai, Jan 18 (IANS) The massive state wide protests by youth in Tamil Nadu who are demanding holding of Jallikattu -- the bull-taming sport -- and banning animal rights group PETA, entered second day on Wednesday with protestors holding out throughout the night. View More..

Massive protests for 'Jallikattu' continue across Tamil Nadu (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 17,2017   11:46 pm
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) The massive protests by youth at the Marina Beach here demanding holding of jallikattu - the bull-taming sport - and banning animal rights group PETA continued into late night with talks with government officials failing on Tuesday. View More..

More Tamil celebrities lend support for Jallikattu

    Updated On : Jan 17,2017   11:40 pm
Chennai, Jan 17 (IANS) Tamil actors such as Vijay, G.V Prakash Kumar and Suriya on Tuesday extended their support for Jallikattu and also voiced against the arrest of those who have demonstrated in support of the ancient and popular bull-taming sport. View More..

Asset deterioration a challenge for Indian banks: Moody's

    Updated On : Jan 09,2017   11:18 am
Chennai, Jan 9 (IANS) Global credit rating agency Moody's on Monday said asset deterioration is a challenge for Indian banks over the medium-term. View More..

Dhoni made players feel they can be world-beaters (Column: Just Sport)

    Updated On : Jan 07,2017   12:54 pm
Tiger Pataudi showed his India teammates what self-respect is, Sourav Ganguly taught his troops to stand up to the best in the business and Mahendra Singh Dhoni provided them the spunk to be world-beaters. View More..

Profit booking, global cues drag Indian equity market lower (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 06,2017   6:22 pm
Mumbai, Jan 6 (IANS) The key Indian equity indices that opened in the green on Friday closed the day's trading in red territory as investors' booked profit before third quarter earnings and also the global markets edged lower. View More..

Mumbai need 246 runs to beat Tamil Nadu in Ranji semi-final

    Updated On : Jan 04,2017   6:08 pm
Rajkot, Jan 4 (IANS) Defending champions Mumbai need 246 runs to win, after Tamil Nadu declared their second innings at 356-6 on the penultimate day of their Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Wednesday. View More..

Mumbai take 101 run lead vs Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy semi-final

    Updated On : Jan 03,2017   5:40 pm
Rajkot, Jan 3 (IANS) Defending champions Mumbai took a pivotal 101-run first innings lead, after managing 406 on the third day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Tamil Nadu at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday. View More..

Mumbai reduce Tamil Nadu to 261-6 in Ranji Trophy semi-final

    Updated On : Jan 01,2017   7:38 pm
Rajkot, Jan 1 (IANS) Defending champions Mumbai reduced Tamil Nadu to 261 for six in their first innings on the first day of the Ranji Trophy semi-final at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday. View More..

Mumbai take on Tamil Nadu in high octane Ranji semi-final (Preview)

    Updated On : Dec 31,2016   4:36 pm
Rajkot, Dec 31 (IANS) Defending champions Mumbai's quest for their 42nd Ranji Trophy title will go through a stern test when they take on Tamil Nadu in the semi-final, starting at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday. View More..

Non-commercial films are being accepted, says Pranitha

    Updated On : Dec 29,2016   1:08 pm
Chennai, Dec 29 (IANS) Southern actress Pranitha Subhash, who has mostly featured in commercial films so far in her career, believes audiences have evolved and that has enabled "other kind of films" to be accepted and appreciated. View More..

Sundar C's 'Sanghamitra' to roll from April 2017

    Updated On : Dec 29,2016   11:38 am
Chennai, Dec 29 (IANS) Filmmaker Sundar C's Rs 150 crore mega budget Tamil period drama "Sanghamitra", which will star Jayam Ravi and Arya in the lead, will roll from April next year, a source said. View More..

Mani Ratnam wraps up 'Kaatru Veliyidai'

    Updated On : Dec 28,2016   1:46 pm
Chennai, Dec 28 (IANS) The principal shooting of filmmaker Mani Ratnam's upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Kaatru Veliyidai" has been wrapped up with the completion of the last schedule in Belgrade, Europe. View More..

Literature: Unexpected winners, contested sequels, failed appeals (2016 In Retrospect)

    Updated On : Dec 27,2016   1:48 pm
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) It was a tumultuous, even controversial, time for literature in 2016 with mixed reactions to the unexpected recipients of its most prestigious prizes, the latest installment of a popular series and appeals of a host of top British and American authors ahead of major political developments in their respective countries. View More..

'Visaaranai', 'Kammatipaadam': 10 southern films that wowed in 2016

    Updated On : Dec 26,2016   4:26 pm
Chennai, Dec 26 (IANS) Out of the 600-odd films released in four southern languages -- Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam -- there were some which may not have earned a robust box-office number but still managed to elicit positive response from the audience and critics alike. View More..

Tamil Nadu hammer Karnataka by 7 wickets to enter Ranji Trophy semis

    Updated On : Dec 24,2016   7:08 pm
Visakhapatnam, Dec 24 (IANS) Tamil Nadu outplayed Karnataka by seven wickets on the second day of their Ranji Trophy cricket quarter-final match here on Saturday. View More..

Star-studded cinema reaped gold for southern cinema (2016 in Retrospect)

    Updated On : Dec 24,2016   12:26 pm
Chennai, Dec 24 (IANS) From superstar Rajinikanth's Tamil gangster drama "Kabali" to Mohanlal's Malayalam action-drama "Puli Murugan", southern cinema thrived on the business made by these biggies and at the same time also witnessed the surprise hits of low-budget, content-driven films such as "Pellichoopulu" and "U-Turn". View More..