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Biography / trivia
# Karthi’s birth name is Karthik Sivakumar. He was born on 25th May 1977 in Chennai, India to veteran Tamil actor Sivakumar and Lakshmi Sivakumar. Karthi has two siblings actor Suriya Sivakumar is his elder and Brinda Sivakumar is his younger sister. Actress Jyothika is his sister–in–law.
# Karthi was engaged to Ranjani Chinnasamy in April 2011 and the couple got married on 3rd July 2011 in Coimbatore. Ranjani Chinnasamy has Masters degree in English literature. She attended Stella Maris College, Chennai.
# He attended “Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan”, “St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School” and “Crescent Engineering College” in Chennai.
# Karthi studied Mechanical Engineering in degree and did Master’s in Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University, New York. After completion of his education he worked abroad for few years before landing in films.
After working few months as a graphic designer he started to take film career seriously and enrolled for basic film–making courses at State University of New York.
# He always had passion for film making and hence before making his acting debut he worked as an assistant director with Mani Ratnam.
# Karthik made his acting debut with “Paruthiveeran” in 2007 opposite Priyamani. The film was huge commercial hit in Tamil Nadu. Karthi earned “Filmfare Award for Best Actor” and “Tamil Nadu State Film Award” for his performance in the film.
# His subsequent movies like Aayirathil Oruvan, Paiyaa, Naan Mahaan Alla, Siruthai etc were also blockbuster hits.
# Apart from film making he is actively involved in social activities. He inaugurated a NGO “Makkal Nala Mandram” and conducting many activities through that. He is participating many campaigns to promote awareness about lysosomal storage disease. Karthi himself donated blood and encouraged his fans to help the needy. He donated bicycles to handicapped people, sewing machines to women, schoolbags to children through the NGo, money to AIDS affected people and he even adopted a tiger at Vandalur Zoo.
“I always knew I wanted to be in films but I did not know exactly what I wanted to do. I loved movies and watched a lot of them. But my father insisted that I get a good education before I joined the film industry”
“I never had the habit of book reading. Only after joining Manirathnam I developed the habit of reading. I cannot write the full script. But I knew how the story in the book will come on the screen.”
“I never bothered about the results. I am focused only on two things. One is delivering the best and the second being satisfying the director.”
“When I see people in need, I make sure I go and help. If I am going on birthdays to reach out to kids in orphanages, it is for my own satisfaction. I feel happier to be with them and it’s nice to make them smile on that particular day.”
Filmography / all movies list
|2||2010||Aayirathil Oruvan||Selvaraghavan||Reemma Sen,Andrea Jeremiah|
|3||2010||Paiyaa||N. Linguswamy||Tamannaah,Milind Soman|
|4||2010||Naan Mahaan Alla||Suseenthiran||Kajal Aggarwal,Jayaprakash|
|6||2012||Saguni||N. Shankar Dayal||Pranitha,Santhanam|
|7||2012||Alex Pandian||Suraj||Anushka Shetty,Santhanam|
|8||2013||All in All Azhagu Raja||M. Rajesh||Kajal Aggarwal,Santhanam|
|9||2013||Biriyani||Venkat Prabhu||Prasanna,Richa Gangopadhyay,Sneha|