Karthik Shivakumar fondly known as Karthi is a famous South Indian Film Actor and Son of Actor Shivakumar and Lakshmi. His elder brother Suriya is also an actor and also has a sister Brindha. Born in the year 1977 in Chennai he was schooled in St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School and later went on to pursue Mechanical engineering after which he was a consultant. Unsatisfied with the work he decided to pursue higher studies in abroad and so got a scholarship to the Binghamton University in New York where he secured Masters in Science in Industrial Engineering.
Coming from the film business background his heart always was in films so he attended lectures as well and later on joined a course in basic filmmaking at the State University of New York. While juggling studies and life abroad, he also worked part-time as a graphic designer.
In the year 2011 Karthi married Ranjani an arranged marriage set up by the elders of the family and have a daughter named Umayaal who was born in the year 2013.
Karthi Net Worth
Once Karthi returned from the states he bagged a chance to be the assistant director to Mani Ratnam and fulfilled his dream of being a film director. He had bagged the role of an actor and featured in his first film Paruthiveeran which was loved by the critics and won awards for best actor by the state of Tamil Nadu and Filmfare.
He continued to give commercial success and saw a setback with flops, but got back the charm with the movie Biriyani in 2013 which established him as an actor to watch out for. He has been building his net worth from the time of being an assistant till being an actor plus singer and now his net worth is $10 Million US dollars as of 2017.
Karthi is an established actor who has been giving successful films and now his net worth is about 7 cores and has assets collected. He has a home in Coimbatore and owns a new Gen Mercedes ML350. Karthi has a long way to go and we are sure that he will have many more assets as he has gained huge success in a short while.
Apart from directing and acting in films, he has been involved in various philanthropic work. He has inaugurated a welfare club, taken up the initiative to create awareness about the lysosomal disease and adopted a white tiger and has given 72,000 rupees for its protection. He also signed a contract with Bharti Airtel and is their brand ambassador in South India. Apart from all this, he has also sung various film songs in the movie industry.
From 2007 till now Karthi has many works credited to his name and it all started when Karthi returned from abroad, he was offered a film, but declined as he wanted to direct and so he was the assistant director to Mani Ratnam for the Hindi movie Yuva. He was later encouraged by his father to act in movies as he might not get a chance again and accepted his first acting offer with the movie Paruthiveeran and became a success when it released in 2007.
His second film was Idhu Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam but was abandoned and his second film was Aayirathil Oruvan and released in 2010. Some of his other movies were Paiyaa and Siruthai after which he gave a series of flops, but regained his stardom with the movie Biryani, Madra, and Oopiri these works have gained much appreciation from the audience as well as the South Indian filmmakers.
Karthi has several films lined up and one among them is with Mani Ratnam and his dream film Kaatru Veliyidai is to be released very soon. The song featured in the movie called Azhagiye and its teaser nears 10 lakh views.
Seeing how much Karthi has achieved in such a short while it is sure that he is a great star and not only acting wise he is a brilliant director and also a good singer. With more movies lined up, we are sure that it will be a success and Karthi is the actor reaching for the stars and is worth watching on the big screens.