- Actor, Producer
Feb 17, 1985 in Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu, India
Feb 17, 1985 in Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu, India
Sivakarthikeyan is an Indian film actor and playback singer, active in the Tamil film industry. The multi-talented artist started off as a stand-up comedian, participated in various reality shows, hosted a few television shows and eventually grew into becoming an actor.
Early LifeSivakarthikeyan was born on 17 February 1985 to a police officer Late Mr. G. Doss and his mother Raji, a housewife. His grandfather won the Padma Shri for Nadaswaram. He attended the Campion Anglo Indian Hr. Sec. School in Trichy and completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from J. J. College of Engineering and Technology in Trichy. He also pursued an MBA from Indian Institute of Planning and Management in Chennai. Sivakarthikeyan`s sister Gowrimanohari is a popular doctor in Trichy.
Personal Life Sivakarthikeyan got engaged to Aarthi, who is also his cousin, on 16th May 2010. He got married to her on 27th August 2010. They have a daughter named Aradhana, born in 2013.
Movie CareerSivakarthikeyan, the now-flourished actor, came up the hard way. He came to the media limelight after winning a stand-up comedy reality show Kalakka Povathu Yaaru aired on Star Vijay. After this show, he continued participating in various dance reality shows like Jodi Number One Season 3 and then in Boys Vs Girls Season 1 and 2. He won the Vikatan Award in 2011 for Best Anchor for Jodi Number One and has hosted many shows on Star Vijay such as Airtel Super Singer and Jodi Number One Season 5. He also hosted the special edition of a well-known talk show, Koffee with Siva. However, he shot to fame with the game show Athu Ithu Ethu. He made his appearance in short films like his friend Atlee`s Mugaputhagam in 2014, Kural 786 and 360 degree, along with hosting work.
Impressed by his hosting skills at the audio launch function of the film Vaagai Sooda Vaa, director Pandiraj approached Sivakarthikeyan to play the lead role in his film Marina in the year 2012. He featured alongside Oviya, and was praised for his performance. The actor was also nominated for Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor for Marina. Before the release of Marina, Sivakarthikeyan was signed up to play a supporting role in the movie 3, portraying the lead actor Dhanush`s friend in the film. Siva was highly appreciated for his role as he gave a good comic relief to the otherwise serious movie. The actor later revealed that the movie was highly important for him as he got the opportunity to work with Dhanush, whom he has considered as his mentor in the film industry. He next appeared in Ezhil`s romantic comedy Manam Kothi Paravai that had a decent run at the box office.
The year 2013 proved to be a great year for the actor as he appeared in three commercially successful films. The first one was Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Sivakarthikeyan collaborated with Pandiraj again and starred alongside Vimal. The next movie he appeared in the same year was Dhanush`s debut production venture Ethir Neechal, directed by Durai Senthilkumar, which also was a success. In the movie, he plays the role of a common young man striving hard to make his identity. His third release in the year was director Ponram`s comedy Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam, in which he played as a carefree rural youth. He starred opposite Sri Divya in the movie. Not only did he act in this movie, but also sung a song in the film. This film successfully completed 100 days during its theatrical run. The actor won Behindwoods Gold Medal Award Best Entertaining Performance for Ethir Neechal & Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam in 2013. In the same year, he won the Vijay Award for Entertainer of the Year for Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Ethir Neechal and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam.
In the year 2014, he appeared in a comedy film Maan Karate produced by A R Murugadoss, The movie showcases a carefree youth who falsely portrays himself as a boxer to impress a girl. For his performance in the movie Sivakarthikeyan won the Edison Awards - The Rising Star and SICA Award for Youth Icon. He also sang the song Royapuram Peter in this movie.
In 2015, Sivakarthikeyan worked again with director, Durai Senthilkumar, for a cop film, Kakki Sattai, and also sang the song `I`m So Cool in the movie. The film completed 50 days at the box office successfully and got him Best Entertainer of the Year Award. He worked again with his Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam director Ponram, in the film Rajini Murugan. SIvakarthikeyan`s 2016 release include the romantic comedy Remo - the directorial debut of the Bhagyaraj Kannan. His other projects include Seema Raja (2018), Namma Veetu Pillai (2019) and Hero (2019)