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Karunas (born 21 February 1970 as Karunanidhi Sethu) is an Indian actor, politician and former comedian in the Tamil film industry. Appearing mostly in supporting roles, he has also played lead roles in films including Dindigul Sarathy (2008) and Ambasamudram Ambani (2008). Apart from acting, Karunas has also been credited in films as a producer, music composer and a singer, while he continues to serve as the Vice-President of the Nadigar Sangam, after being elected in October 2015.[1]

Karunas
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Thiruvadanai constituency
Assumed office
19 May 2016
President of Mukkulathor Pulipadai
Assumed office
2015
Personal details
Born
Karunanidhi

(1970-02-21) 21 February 1970 (ageĀ 49)
Peravurani, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Spouse(s)Grace
OccupationActor, comedian, musician, Singer ,Politician

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Early lifeEdit

Karunas was born in Kuruvikkarambai, a village in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. He did his schooling at Palangudi Bharathi School and later studied at Nandanam Arts, Presidency College. Karunas began his career as pop singer and dancer, working extensively on Tamil folk music.[2][3] He then gradually appeared in films as a comedian.

Film careerEdit

Karunas began work as a gaana singer aged 12, earning the moniker "Gaana" Karunas, and made his television debut through Yuhi Sethu's Naiyaandi Darbar show in the late 1990s as a musician.[4] Director Bala heard one of his songs and subsequently signed Karunas on for an acting role in his second directorial venture, the drama film Nandha (2001). He was cast as the comedian and his role as 'Lodukku' Pandi won him critical acclaim, prompting him to accept further film offers.[5] He subsequently went on to appear in notable films including Baba (2002), Pithamagan (2003), Vasool Raja MBBS (2004) and Polladhavan (2007) in supporting comedy roles. Karunas has also distributed two films, Pori (2007) and Kattradhu Thamizh (2007), but the failure of both films has prompted him to stay away from distributing any further ventures.[5]

Karunas first appeared in the lead role in the comedy drama, Dindigul Sarathy (2008), portraying an insecure man with an inferiority complex. With heavy promotions by Sun Pictures, the film became a surprise success at the box office and prompted Karunas to appear in further lead roles in the comedy films Ambasamudram Ambani (2010), Chandhamama (2013), Ragalaipuram (2013) and Lodukku Pandi (2015).[6] In between the films, he also essayed serious performances, and was briefly involved in the making of Thanga Meengal (2013) before it underwent a change of cast, while he won acclaim for his role in Santosh Sivan's war drama film, Ceylon (2014).[7] His films as the lead hero, gradually had lower key promotions than the previous ones, and in 2015, Karunas announced he would not appear in any further lead roles.[8] He subsequently made a return to starring supporting roles thereafter, winning critical acclaim for his performance of a suicidal man in Darling (2015) and as a villager in Komban (2015), which became his hundredth film.[9] He subsequently changed his mind about not appearing in leading roles, and began work on the sequel to Dindigul Sarathy in September 2016.[10]

Political lifeEdit

He is the leader of "Mukkulathor PuliPadai", a state political party. He contested for the Tamil Nadu State Legislative Assembly from Thiruvadanai in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election 2016 with AIADMK's Twin Leaf (Irratai Ilai) as his election symbol. He won it with a margin of over 10,000 votes.

On 25 February 2017, an unidentified person threw footwear at Karunas' car while out to garland a statue of freedom fighter U. Muthuramalingam Thevar. It is believed that the incident could be connected to his support of AIADMK leader V. K. Sasikala.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Karunas is married to Grace, a playback singer in the Tamil film industry. The pair had met when Karunas was the guest judge at an inter-collegiate singing competition, and after being impressed, Karunas asked her to sing in his personal music album.[12][13]

The couple have a daughter and a son named Ken Karunas who is a child artist in the movie industry, making his debut in Nedunchaalai.

FilmographyEdit

As an actorEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Nandha 'Lodukku' Pandi
2002 Pesadha Kannum Pesume Arun
123 Aalavandhaan
Baba Sambumani
Villain Kodukan
Kadhal Azhivathillai Samy
April Maadhathil Jackson
Album
Jaya
Bala
2003 Kadhaludan Durai
Puthiya Geethai Ganesh
Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu
Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu
Thiruda Thirudi Rockfort Chandru
Success
Kaiyodu Kai
Ragasiyamai Suraa Sriganthan
Pithamagan Karuvaayan
Thirumalai Thirumalai's Friend
Iyarkai Nandu
Anbe Un Vasam JK
Indru Vishwanath
Sindhamal Sitharamal
2004 Ennavo Pudichirukku Peela Magan
Pudhukottaiyilirundhu Saravanan Vimal
Varnajaalam Logu
Kuththu Guru's Friend
Jana
New Vichu (Ex)
Vasool Raja MBBS Amit
Attagasam Pangu
2005 Devathaiyai Kanden 'Kaduppu' Subramani
Kadhal Seiya Virumbu
Kadhal FM Chili Chicken
E Tony
Kasthuri Maan
Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam
2006 Sudesi
Mercury Pookkal
Prathi Gnayiru 9.30 to 10.00 Romeo
Idhu Kadhal Varum Paruvam
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Tiger Prathaphan
Thagappansaamy
2007 Pori
Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen
Vedha
Arputha Theevu
Madurai Veeran
Muthal Kanave
Nee Naan Nila Mokkasamy
Maa Madurai Arumugam
En Uyirinum Melana
Tholaipesi
Puli Varudhu Karupa
Kattradhu Thamizh Yuvaan-Suang
Polladhavan Auto Kumar
Rameswaram
2008 Sadhu Miranda Vellai
Vedha
Yaaradi Nee Mohini Ganesh
Vallamai Tharayo
Dhanam
Netru Indru Naalai
Silambattam
Dindigul Sarathy Sarathy
Thiruvannamalai Duraisingam
Panchamirtham Pandi
2009 Satrumun Kidaitha Thagaval
Adada Enna Azhagu Vasan's friend
Ayan Dilli
Ilampuyal K.S.Thurai
Rajathi Raja Krishnamurthy
Maasilamani
Arumugam Velu
2010 Rettaisuzhi Military army
Ambasamudram Ambani Thandapani
Pournami Naagam
Baana Kaathadi Kumar
365 Kadhal Kadithangal
Enthiran Ravi
Uthama Puthiran Janaki
2011 Ilaignan Subair
Kasethan Kadavulada Karuna
Maharaja
2012 Kazhugu Nandu
Aathi Narayana
Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam
Ullam unreleased; direct-to-television
2013 Chandamama Santhanakrishnan also producer
Ragalaipuram Velu also producer
2014 Ceylon Stanley
2015 Darling Athisaya Raj
Komban Muniyandi
Masss Azhagu
Lodukku Pandi Pandi
Savaale Samaali Karunakaran
Maya
Puli Sooran
Kathirvel Kaaka
2016 Azhagu Kutti Chellam
Kathakali Karpooram
Pugazh Pugazh's brother
Jithan 2
Enakku Innoru Per Irukku Finger Babu
Dhilluku Dhuddu Mohan
Ka Ka Ka Po
Thirunaal Mani
Wagah Nagappan
Kodi Murugan
Pazhaya Vannarapettai
Achamindri Pattu
2017 Pandigai Ratnov

As a music directorEdit

Year Film Notes
2009 Rajathi Raja
2010 Ambasamudram Ambani
2011 Kasethan Kadavulada
2016 Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Composed one song "Locality Boys"

As a singerEdit

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2002 Shree "Madurai Jilla" T.S Muralidharan
2007 Chennai 600028 "Jalsa" (Remix) Yuvan Shankar Raja
2009 Rajathi Raja "Kathirikka" Himself
2011 Kasethan Kadavulada "Kasethan" Himself
2013 Chandhamama "Koyambedu Silk Akka" Srikanth Deva Also lyricist
Ceylon "Londoniley" Vishal Chandrashekhar
Ragalaipuram "Obamavum Ingethan" Srikanth Deva
2015 Darling "Vandha Mala" G. V. Prakash Kumar

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Comedy proves a cakewalk". Thehindu.com. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "I cannot eat, sleep and breathe movies: Karunas". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Karunas opens up". Newindianexpress.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ Prathibha Parameswaran (4 June 2005). "Laughing all the way". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b "It's Karunas' call". Thehindu.com. 15 February 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Karunas - Tamil Movie Actor Interview - Karunas - Ambasamudiram Ambani - Navneet Kaur - Dindugul Sarathy - Behindwoods.com". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ Kamath, Sudhish (16 November 2013). "A special point of view". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Karunas' last movie comes to screen soon - Tamil Diplomat". Tamildiplomat.com. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Footwear hurled at AIADMK MLA Karunas' car". Indianexpress.com. 25 February 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ Ashok Kumar, S. R. (5 September 2008). "My First Break -- Grace Karunas". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Tamil moviesĀ : Karunas has multifaceted talents". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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