Karthi (born as Karthik Sivakumar) is an Indian actor better known by his screen name Karthi appears in Tamil and Telugu cinema. He is the younger son of yesteryear’s Tamil hero Sivakumar and younger brother of hero Suriya. Aiming to be a director, Karthi assisted Maniratnam for a while before turning an actor with the much critically acclaimed Paruthiveeran and won Best Actor Award by the Filmfare.
After his debut in which he plays rugged village youth, he was offered the role of a sophisticated guy in Selvaraghavan’s movie, but the director shelved the project and took few years to come up with another one. After a gap of 3 years, Karthi appeared in Selvaraghavan’s fantasy-adventure Aayirathil Oruvan (dubbed in Telugu as Yuganikokkadu) which was a huge commercial success. Soon, success started persuading him and making Karthi, the next sensation in the making. Karthi has become household name in Telugu with the dubbed movies like Yuganikokkadu, Naa Peru Shiva and Aawara.
Karthi paved his way to Telugu films through his dubbed movies and currently is working in Telugu-Tamil bilingual multi-starrer movie Oopiri along with Telugu leading hero Nagarjuna. Karthi is one of those rare Non-Telugu speaking actors who is well-versed in Telugu language too.