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

Delhi take 67-run lead against Vidarbha in Ranji Trophy

    Updated On : Nov 30,2016   7:08 pm
Chennai, Nov 30 (IANS) Delhi scored 250/8, taking their lead to 67 runs against Vidarbha at the end of the second day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match at the Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering Ground here on Wednesday. View More..

With 'Remo', Sivakarthikeyan has joined the big league: R.D Raja

    Updated On : Nov 26,2016   2:26 pm
Chennai, Nov 26 (IANS) Producer R.D Raja is thrilled with the response to the dubbed Telugu version of his Tamil film "Remo". He believes the film has enabled its lead actor Sivakarthikeyan to join the big league in Telugu filmdom too. View More..

Would love to explore opportunities in Tamil: Nikhil

    Updated On : Nov 25,2016   12:56 pm
Chennai, Nov 25 (IANS) Actor Nikhil Siddhartha, fresh of the success of Telugu romantic thriller "Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada", says he is ready to explore opportunities in Tamil filmdom. View More..

Subaash was a dear friend: Prabhudheva

    Updated On : Nov 25,2016   12:54 pm
Chennai, Nov 25 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Prabhudheva, who is shell-shocked by the tragic death of writer-director K. Subaash earlier this week, remembers him as a dear friend and said they had planned to work together on a Tamil project. View More..

Maharashtra beat Assam with bonus point in Ranji Trophy

    Updated On : Nov 24,2016   6:02 pm
Chennai, Nov 24 (IANS) Maharashtra registered a comprehensive innings and 52 runs win over Assam in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket match here on Thursday. View More..

Indian tablet shipments up 7.8%, Datawind leads: IDC

    Updated On : Nov 24,2016   1:30 pm
New Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) Tablet shipments in India grew 7.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016 owing to the preparation for the festive season, a report said on Thursday. View More..

Elderly farmer dies in bank queue in Karnataka village

    Updated On : Nov 19,2016   8:48 pm
Bengaluru, Nov 19 (IANS) A 70-year-old man died on Saturday allegedly after he suffered a heart attack while waiting in queue for nearly four hours to exchange old notes at the State Bank of Mysore branch in Cheluru village in Tumakuru district, about 105 km from Bengaluru, police said. View More..

Want to be the flag-bearer of content-driven films: Nikhil Siddhartha

    Updated On : Nov 15,2016   2:48 pm
Chennai, Nov 15 (IANS) Actor Nikhil Siddhartha, who awaits the release of forthcoming Telugu thriller "Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada", says he would like to encourage upcoming directors with strong content driven scripts, to work with him. View More..

Indian smartphone market crosses 30 mn unit shipments

    Updated On : Nov 15,2016   1:40 pm
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) For the first time, the smartphone market in India crossed the 30 million unit shipments milestone in the third quarter of this year, the International Data Corp (IDC) reported on Tuesday. View More..

Mani Ratnam's 'Kaatru Veliyidai' to release in March 2017

    Updated On : Nov 13,2016   12:00 pm
Chennai, Nov 13 (IANS) Filmmaker Mani Ratnam's upcoming Tamil drama "Kaatru Veliyidai" will hit the screens worldwide in March next year, the makers have announced through an official poster. View More..

Demonetisation hits Tirumala temple pilgrims hard

    Updated On : Nov 09,2016   8:00 pm
Tirupati, Nov 9 (IANS) Devotees visiting the Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala were hit hard on Wednesday as taxi drivers and owners of hotels and shops refused to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes after the government's sudden move to demonetise them. View More..

Demonetisation move hits Tirumala temple pilgrims hard

    Updated On : Nov 09,2016   5:28 pm
Tirupati, Nov 9 (IANS) Devotees visiting Lord Venkateswara temple in Tirumala were hit hard on Wednesday as taxi drivers and owners of hotels and shops refused to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes after the government's sudden move to demonetise them. View More..

Europe beckons Mani Ratnam's 'Kaatru Veliyidai'

    Updated On : Nov 07,2016   12:18 pm
Chennai, Nov 7 (IANS) Ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam will shoot a duet against the backdrop of snow-clad mountains across exotic locations in Europe for his upcoming Tamil romantic-drama "Kaatru Veliyidai", said a source. View More..

Alienation? The Alien visit and invasion of Modi's India (Book Review)

    Updated On : Nov 04,2016   10:08 am
Title: Unreal Aliens; Author: Karthik Laxman; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 199 View More..

Diwali air over north India was world's worst (Special to IANS)

    Updated On : Nov 03,2016   12:20 pm
Over the Diwali weekend of 2016, India's air quality was among the world's worst and between 40 per cent and 100 per cent worse in five north Indian cities than at the same time the preceding year, according to global air pollution data, and an IndiaSpend analysis of national data and its own #Breathe network of sensors. View More..

Karthi's 'Kaashmora' is a crushing disappointment

    Updated On : Oct 30,2016   4:38 pm
Film: "Kaashmora"; Director: Gokul; Cast: Karthi and Nayanthara; Rating: *1/2 View More..

For me, repetition is death: Karthi

    Updated On : Oct 29,2016   11:50 am
Mumbai, Oct 29 (IANS) Actor Karthi says his act in the latest Tamil film "Kaashmora" is something that he hasn't done before. And that's important as repetition is like death to him. View More..

Ranji: Gritty Verma takes Assam to 268/6 vs Karanataka

    Updated On : Oct 27,2016   8:08 pm
Mumbai, Oct 27 (IANS) Amit Verma's unbeaten century (125 not out) helped Assam recover from early jolts to post 268/6 against Karnataka at stumps on the first day of a Ranji Trophy cricket match here on Thursday. View More..

Depositors prefer asset diversification as bank deposit rates fall

    Updated On : Oct 23,2016   12:34 pm
Kolkata, Oct 23 (IANS) With falling bank deposit rates hitting time deposits hard, people are turning to financial instruments like shares, mutual funds, debentures, currency and tax-free bonds for higher returns, says the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). View More..

Book on Virat Kohli launched

    Updated On : Oct 19,2016   4:56 pm
New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) A book penning the life of India's Test skipper Virat Kohli has been launched here in the presence of several high-profile cricketing personalities. View More..