Karthik collaborated with director Mani Ratnam on the movie Aayutha Ezhuthu as an assistant director. Earlier, Mani Ratnam had given him a part in the same movie, but Karthi turned it down and stayed on as an assistant.
Karthi was asked to play the lead part in filmmaker Ameer's third film, Paruthiveeran, in 2006. Karthi begins his acting career with Ameer for Paruthiveeran after receiving a few recommendations from his father and brother.
Karthik Sivakumar First Movie: Paruthiveeran (2007)
It is a 2007 love drama movie in Tamil that was written and directed by Ameer. Priyamani plays the female lead in the movie, which also stars Ponvannan, Saravanan, Ganja Karuppu, Sampath Raj, and Sujatha Sivakumar in supporting parts. Karthi makes his feature film debut as the title character. It was created by Studio Green and incorporates Yuvan Shankar Raja's soundtrack and composition, Ramji's cinematography, and Raja Mohammad's editing.
The entire film Paruthiveeran was filmed in and around Madurai. The movie, which took two years to produce, was shown in theatres on February 23, 2007, to overwhelming praise. In that year, Priyamani won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Muththazhagu.
The movie was screened at numerous international film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, and it received awards at important film award ceremonies in India, including two National Film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South, and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, among others. Additionally, it was a huge commercial success, playing in theatres with great popularity for more than a year.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Aayirathil Oruvan (2010)
Action-adventure movies in Tamil written, directed, and produced by R. Ravindran. Karthi, Reemma Sen, Andrea Jeremiah, and Parthiepan all have significant roles in the movie. Three protagonists, Muthu (Karthi), Lavanya (Andrea Jeremiah), and Anitha (Reemma Sen), are at the center of the story as they set out on a quest to find a lost archaeologist. It is loosely based on the real rise and fall of the Tamil Pandya kingdom and the Tamil Chola dynasty.
Principal photography for the movie began in July 2007 and ran through August 2008; it was shot in several locales with 2,000 extras, including Chalakudy, Kerala, and Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, as well as Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. The 1965 movie with the same name serves as the inspiration for the name Aayirathil Oruvan. Kola Bhaskar handled the editing, and Ramji was in charge of the filming.
The soundtrack album and background music for the movie is composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar, who takes the place of Selvaraghavan's regular collaborator Yuvan Shankar Raja, whom he worked with on his past films. R. Parthiepan received the Best Supporting Actor honor at the 58th Filmfare Awards South.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Paiyaa (2010)
N. Linguswamy is the author, producer, and director of this movie. Karthi and Tamannaah are the main characters, whereas Sonia Deepti, Milind Soman, and Jagan play minor roles. Yuvan Shankar Raja scored the film score and soundtrack for the movie, which was produced by N. Subash Chandra Bose under the auspices of Thirupathi Brothers and released by Dhayanidhi Alagiri's Cloud Nine Movies. Madhi handled the film's cinematography, and Anthony Gonsalves dealt with the editing.
In the movie, a jobless young man drives a young woman from Bangalore to Mumbai while dodging thugs who are pursuing them and facing his violent background in the city. It started filming in December 2008 at several sites throughout South India, most notably in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra, following a protracted pre-production phase during which the film experienced significant changes in its core actors and its technical crew. On 2 April 2010, Paiyaa was released to favorable reviews and enjoyed economic success.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Siruthai (2011)
Action movie in the Tamil language, written and directed by Siva. It is a remake of S. S. Rajamouli's 2006 Telugu film Vikramarkudu. Alongside Tamannaah and comedian Santhanam, it features Karthi in a dual role. K. E. Gnanavelraja produced the movie, and Vidyasagar provided the soundtrack. The protagonist of the tale is Rocket Raja, a small-time burglar who claims to be the father of a young girl he encounters.
He resolves to turn a fresh leaf and aid in the dismantling of a criminal gang after discovering the truth about his lookalike Rathnavel Pandian, who is an upright police officer. On January 14, 2011, Pongal, was released. The movie was a box office hit despite receiving a mixed bag of reviews.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Saguni (2012)
The 2012 political comedy Saguni was written and produced by S. R. Prabhu and directed by Shankar Dayal. In addition to Santhanam, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Raadhika, and Nassar playing supporting parts, the movie stars Karthi and Pranitha. The movie was released in Telugu and Hindi as dubbed versions under the titles Shakuni (2012) and Rowdy Leader (2016), respectively. The movie was rated as a passable hit.
In the movie, he played Kamalakannan, a villager who travels to the city to prevent the destruction of his lavish home in Karaikudi for a politician's gain and unwittingly changes into a kingmaker in Tamil Nadu politics. Critics gave the movie a mixed reception when it first came out and failed commercially. For the Telugu version of Saguni (2012), Karthi dubbed himself, and ever since, he has been dubbed for the Telugu versions of all of his movies.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: All in All Azhagu Raja (2013)
M. Rajesh wrote and directed it. Kajal Aggarwal and Santhanam play supporting roles with Karthi in his dual main roles. After the 2010 film Naan Mahaan Alla, this is their second time working together. On November 2, 2013, the day before the Diwali festival, the movie was released. Critics gave it a poor review.
Azhagu Raja is the Muthukrishnan family's lone son. He is the owner of the controversial cable channel Triple A. Raja and Kalyanam are the only two employees of the cable company. Nothing they do raises the fortunes of the business. Raja meets Chitra Devi Priya by chance while she performs at a wedding.
They dispute because of her strange voice. Priya eventually concedes, though, that her voice is poor. Priya claims she tries everything and fails, including suicide. Raja informs his father Muthukrishnan about Priya as their connection develops, which causes Muthukrishnan to recall something from his past.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Madras (2014)
Pa. Ranjith wrote and directed the 2014 Tamil-language political action-drama film titled Madras. While supporting roles are played by Charles Vinoth, Riythvika, V. I. S. Jayapalan, Poster Nandakumar, and Mime Gopi, the movie stars Karthi, Catherine Tresa, making her debut in Tamil cinema, and Kalaiyarasan. The plot of the film, which is set in North Madras, centers on the political aspirants Kaali (Karthi) and Anbu (Kalaiyarasan), who become involved in a bitter political conflict after staking a claim to a wall.
Ranjith's second film under his direction follows Attakathi. In December 2012, before the movie's announcement, Karthi and Ranjith resolved to work together on a separate project, but it never materialized. Later, in July 2013, Ranjith made this initiative public. The first day of principal photography at Vyasarpadi in Chennai was October 11, 2013.
Most of the film's shooting took place in and around the city's northern section, specifically in Kasimedu, a neighborhood in north Chennai's Royapuram district, Otteri, and Perambur. The movie's ultimate title was revealed in May 2014, following several title alterations. By June 2014, filming was completed.
Madras had nominations in eleven categories for the 62nd Filmfare Awards South, winning four. It garnered fifteen nominations and three victories at the ninth Vijay Awards. Four Edison Awards, seven Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards, and six 4th South Indian International Movie Awards went to the movie.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Oopiri (2016)
Oopiri is a 2016 Indian comedy-drama film that was made by PVP Cinema and directed by Vamshi Paidipally. Akkineni Nagarjuna, Karthi, and Tamannaah are the film's main actors; supporting cast members include Prakash Raj, Vivek, Ali Basha, Jayasudha, Kalpana, Tanikella Bharani, and Manobala.
With this movie, Karthi makes his Telugu film debut. The quadriplegic billionaire Vikramaditya and Seenu, his ex-convict caregiver, are the main characters of the movie. The main plot of the movie is around their realization that life and relationships are more important than money and disabilities.
Oopiri and Thozha, which had a production cost of $500-600 million, were made available to everyone on March 25, 2016. Both films won praise from critics for the lead actors' efforts, the cinematography, and Paidipally's adaptation of the source material. They made over $1 billion in revenue, proving their commercial success.
The 64th Filmfare Awards South gave the movie two victories: Best Director (Telugu) went to Paidipally, and Best Cinematography went to P. S. Vinod. At the 6th South Indian International Movie Awards, Paidipally also won the Best Director Award. According to Film Companion, the movie is among the 25 Greatest Telugu Films of The Decade.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam (2016)
It is a 2016 Tamil-language love drama film that was written and directed by Gitanjali Selvaraghavan. featuring brand-newcomers Wamiqa Gabbi and Balakrishna Kola. Kola Bhaskar is the movie's producer, and Amrit is the music composer.
After multiple failed starts since 2006, the movie finally debuted on January 1, 2016, to mostly favorable reviews. The movie's Telugu title, Nannu Vadili Neevu Polevule, was given after dubbing.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)
Theeran is a 2017 Indian action thriller movie in the Tamil language that was written and directed by H. Vinoth. It was also produced by S. R. Prakashbabu and S. R. Prabhu under the name Dream Warrior Pictures. It depicts the nefarious activity of dacoits and its eventual containment with the Tamil Nadu Police unit led by DGP S. R. Jangid, based on episodes from the Operation Bawaria case. Karthi, who plays the titular character Theeran, a Jangid-inspired character, co-stars in the movie with Rakul Preet Singh and Abhimanyu Singh, who plays the primary antagonist.
It made 96 crores at the box office, according to the source. The movie also received two Edison awards, two Vijay awards, and Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards. It got five Filmfare Award nominations, three South Indian International Movie Award nominations, and one Filmfare Award victory for Karthi's performance as Best Tamil Actor (Critics). The movie was named one of the 25 Greatest Tamil Films of the Decade by Film Companion, while Karthi's performance was named one of the 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Kadaikutty Singam (2018)
A 2018 Tamil-language action-drama film titled Kadaikutty Singam was written, directed, and produced by Suriya through his production company 2D Entertainment. Karthi, Sayyeshaa, Sathyaraj, Soori, Viji Chandrasekhar, Bhanupriya, Deepa Shankar, Priya Bhavani Shankar, and Arthana Binu are among the ensemble cast members in the movie.
D. Imman wrote the film's score, and Velraj served as the camera operator. On July 13, 2018, the movie came out with mediocre reviews. Modern-day wealthy farmer Perunazhi Gunasingam (Karthi) resides contentedly with his family and father Perunazhi Ranasingam (Sathyaraj).
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Kaithi (2019)
Lokesh Kanagaraj wrote and directed the film. It is co-produced by Tiruppur Vivek under the label Vivekananda Pictures and is produced by S. R. Prakashbabu, S. R. Prabhu, and S. R. Prakashbabu under the banner Dream Warrior Pictures. Along with Narain, Arjun Das, Harish Uthaman, George Maryan, and Dheena playing significant roles, Karthi plays the lead. A freshly released prisoner races against time in the movie to transport poisoned police officers to a hospital in return for meeting his daughter while dodging pursuing criminals.
Before the Diwali festival, on October 25, 2019, Kaithi was made public. Positive reviews praised the cast performances, the director, the writing, the realistic action scenes, the exclusion of songs, and other elements typical of mainstream Tamil cinema when it first came out.
After receiving a favorable response, the movie went on to become a box office hit, earning over 105 crores. The movie received four Zee Cine Awards, three SIIMA Awards, three Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards, and two Ananda Vikatan Awards before being officially selected for the International Indian Film Festival Toronto (IIFFT) in August 2020.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Viruman (2022)
Karthi and Aditi Shankar star in this masala movie from 2022, which was written and directed by M. Muthaiah and produced by Jyothika and Suriya under the banner of 2D Entertainment. Selvakumar S. K. is in charge of the cinematography, and Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the music. On August 12, 2022, the movie was theatrically released, and it was a financial success.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022)
It is an upcoming epic period action movie in Tamil that was written by Elango Kumaravel and B. Jeyamohan and directed by Mani Ratnam. It is the first of two film adaptations of Kalki Krishnamurthy's 1955 novel Ponniyin Selvan, which was produced by Ratnam and Allirajah Subaskaran under the banners of Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, R. Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Prakash Raj, Rahman, and R. Parthiban are among the cast members of the movie.
A.R. Rahman created the soundtrack, while Ravi Varman handled the cinematography, A. Sreekar Prasad handled the editing, and Thota Tharani did the production design. The movie chronicles the life of Rajaraja Chola I, the great Chola ruler who succeeded Arulmozhivarman and ruled from 947 to 1014 CE.
Karthik Sivakumar Movie: Sardar (2022)
P. S. Mithran wrote and directed the spy action thriller Sardar, which was released in 2022 in the Indian Tamil language. S. Lakshman Kumar served as the film's producer. Along with important roles from Raashii Khanna, Rajisha Vijayan, Chunky Pandey, Laila, Rithvik, Yugi Sethu, Avinash, and Balaji Sakthivel, the movie also stars Karthi in a dual role.
Film editing was done by Ruben, with photography by George C. Williams and music by G. V. Prakash Kumar. The movie marks Laila's return to the big screen after a 16-year absence and Chunky Panday's debut in Tamil cinema.
The movie was announced in November 2020, and the shooting started in April 2021. The COVID-19 epidemic caused a year-long production and shooting delay. The next round of elections began in January 2022 and ended in June 2022. Chennai, Mumbai, Mysore, Azerbaijan, and Georgia served as the locations for the filming, which ended in July 2022 and began post-production.
Before Diwali week, on October 21, 2022, Sardar was released in theaters to rave acclaim from critics. The movie was a critical and financial hit, earning a total worldwide revenue of 100 crores (US$13 million), making it one of the highest-grossing Tamil movies of 2022. A sequel is being created with the movie's principal cast.