Karunakaran (actor)

Karunakaran (born 28 January 1981) is an Indian actor who mainly appears in character or comedian roles in Tamil cinema. He made his breakthrough in the film Soodhu Kavvum (2013) playing the role of MLA Arumai Pragasam, who planned a fake kidnapping of himself to extort money from his politician father. He also appeared in supporting roles in Yaamirukka Bayamey (2014) and Jigarthanda (2014).

Karunakaran
Karunakaran at the Ghajinikanth First Single Launch.jpg
Karunakarann at the First Single Launch of Ghajinikanth in 2018
Born
Karunakaran Kalidas

(1981-01-28) 28 January 1981 (age 40)
OccupationActor, Comedian
Years active2012-present
Spouse(s)
Thendral
(m. 2013)
[1]
Children2

CareerEdit

Karunakaran's father is a former RAW agent and he grew up in New Delhi, before moving to Trichy with his parents, where he met short film maker and friend Nalan Kumarasamy. He completed his secondary schooling at St. John's Vestry Anglo Indian Hr. Sec. School, Trichy. It is during his school days, where he met his longtime friend Srikanth Ravikumar, who is one of the biggest entrepreneur who has settled in Malaysia. He initially made a career as chemical engineer, graduating from SASTRA University, and then as an IT professional at Accenture, before Nalan approached him to feature in a short film he was making for the reality television show, Naalaya Iyakkunar. Karunakaran had featured in such short film ventures at school and Nalan had cast him in Nenjuku Neethi, which went on to win the first place award that season. Sundar C gave him brief roles in two of his ventures, while he made his first breakthrough portraying Vijay Sethupathi's friend in Karthik Subbaraj's Pizza (2012), after which he left work and concentrated on a career in films.[2]

Nalan subsequently cast him in his feature film debut Soodhu Kavvum (2013), for which Karunakaran won rave reviews. His appearance in the "Kasu Panam Thuttu" song also was well received and prompted several further offers for the actor.[3][4] His performance in Yaamirukka Bayamey (2014) was appreciated by critics. The Times of India wrote, "A large part of the credit should go to Karuna, who manages to make Sharath both ambivalent and funny",[5] while Sify wrote that he was "a scream"[6] and The Hindu called it an "exceptional performance".[7][8][9] Karunakaran, rose to fame in comical roles he did in such films as Yaamirukka Bayamey (2014) and Jigarthanda (2014).

Karunakaran bags the Best Comedian Award for his role in the movie Indru Netru Naalai (2015).[10] In 2019, he make his TV début with ‘Asaalta Alaravidum Pullingo’ on Discovery Network's Tamil channel.[11]

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Kalakalappu Kumar
Pizza Raghavan
Maalai Pozhudhin Mayakathilaey Devendran
2013 Soodhu Kavvum Arumai Pragasam Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Himself Also writer
2014 Yaamirukka Bayamey Sharath Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Comedian
Jigarthanda Oorni
Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani Paalpaandi
Aadama Jaichomada Call Taxi Panneer
Yaan Shaji
Lingaa Kothandam
Kappal Kanagasabhapathi "Kanaga"
2015 Mahabalipuram Kumar
Nanbenda Thangadurai
Inimey Ippadithan
Indru Netru Naalai Pulivetti Arumugam Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award for Best Comedian
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga Gautham
Uppu Karuvaadu Chandran
2016 Gethu Kanagu
Navarasa Thilagam Alangaram
Kanithan Balaji
Hello Naan Pei Pesuren Dr. Saravanan
Ko 2 Kumaran
Iraivi Ramesh
Oru Naal Koothu Raghavendran
Jackson Durai Veera
Iru Mugan Peter
Thodari Vairam
Parandhu Sella Vaa Arun
2017 Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal Ramesh
Adhagappattathu Magajanangalay
Thiri Jeeva's Friend
Vivegam Arumai Prakasam aka "APS"
Hara Hara Mahadevaki Kumaru
2018 Vidhi Madhi Ultaa Rajamani
Nimir Vigadakavi
Veera Pachamuthu
Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu Girish Kalyan
Semma Botha Aagathey Nandhu
Ghajinikanth Karuna
NOTA Rocky Simultaneously shot in Telugu
Kadikara Manithargal Shiva
Lakshmi Azhagu
Ratsasan Actor Karunakaran Guest appearance
Seethakaathi Advocate
Silukkuvarupatti Singam Bhaskar
2019 Podhu Nalan Karudhi Poovarasan
Kalavu Gautham direct-to-video released on ZEE5
Monster Ravi
Jiivi Mani
RK Nagar Cameo Appearance
2021 Trip Amuthan
Teddy Karthik
Malaysia to Amnesia Prabhu
Tughlaq Durbar Vasu
Enemy Babu
Jango
Maanaadu Syed Baasha
Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum Chandran

Web seriesEdit

Year Program Role Network Notes
2020 Time Enna Boss Buggy Amazon Prime [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tamil Stars Wedding 2013". Tamilstar.
  2. ^ Gupta, Rinku (12 September 2013). "'Soodhu kavvum has changed my life'". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Big day for Karunakaran!, soodhu kavvum, pizza". Behindwoods.com. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Actor Karunakaran Interview : Screen Test". Silverscreenindia.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Yaamirukka Bayamey movie review". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Movie Review : Yaamirukka Bayamey". Sify.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  7. ^ udhav naig (10 May 2014). "Yaamirukka Bayamey: Busting ghosts". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Sasikumar's protégé goes independent". Deccanchronicle.com/. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Vivegam Tamil Movie Rating [4/5], Audience Review". Quintdaily.com. 23 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Vikatan Awards 2015: Complete Winners List (Tamil Movies)". 7 January 2016.
  11. ^ Kumar, Pradeep (7 November 2019). "Actor Karunakaran turns television host". The Hindu.
  12. ^ "Time Enna Boss trailer: A fun Tamil series about time travel". The Indian Express. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 18 September 2020.

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