Karthik (born as Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman), is the son of veteran Tamil actor R. Muthuraman. He was introduced to the Silver Screen by the famous director Bharatiraja with Alaigal Oivathillai which had another debutante actress Radha as his pair. The movie turned out to be a massive hit, making Karthik, the new-found lover boy of Tamil Cinema. His performance has been praised by the cine pundits and eventually that led him to work with the stalwarts like K Balachander, Priyadarshan and Maniratnam. Karthik marked his debut in Telugu with Seethakoka Chiluka, a remake to his debut film Alaigal Oivathillai and increased his stardom beyond Tamil Cinema. He became the household name to the Telugu audience with movies like Abhinandana, Gharshana and Mounaragam. His son Goutham Karthik made his debut as hero with Maniratnam’s Kadal and interestingly, it was his first-heroine Radha’s younger daughter Tulasi made debut as heroine along with his son. The talented actor has won Filmfare Award for Best Actor for five times, four Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and a Nandi Award. He was also honoured with Kalaimamani.