Karunas
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Karunas
Vice president of Tamilan Artistes' Association
Assumed office
10 October 2015
Member of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from Thiruvadanai constituency
In office
19 May 2016 – 2 May 2021
President of Mukkulathor Pulipadai
In office
2015–2019
Personal details
Born
Karunanidhi

(1970-02-21) 21 February 1970 (age 52)
Kuruvikkarambai, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
Political partyMukkulathor Pulipadai
Spouse(s)Grace Karunas
Children2
OccupationActor, comedian, musician, singer, politician

Karunas (born 21 February 1970 as Karunanidhi Sethu) is an Indian actor, politician and 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]

Early life

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 career

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' it was successful , 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 was successful 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, being successful for his performance of a suicidal man in Darling (2015) and as a villager in Komban (2015), which became his hundredth film.[9] In Azhagu Kutti Chellam (2016), Karunas has given one of his career best performances .[10] He subsequently changed his mind about not appearing in leading roles, and began work on the sequel to Dindigul Sarathy in September 2016.[11] In 2016, he has also continued to act in comedy films including Jithan 2, Enakku Innoru Per Irukku, Dhilluku Dhuddu and Ka Ka Ka Po. Karunas plays the responsible uncle, more than a comedian in Soorarai Pottru (2020) which has been a commercial success.[12]

Political career

He was the leader of Mukkulathor Pulipadai, a Thevar political outfit. 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.[citation needed]

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.[13]

Personal life

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.[14][15] The couple have a daughter and a son named Ken Karunas who is a child artist in the movie industry, who was born in 2001, making his debut in Nedunchaalai.

Karunas's younger brother, Nagas, was set to making his acting debut through C. Ranganathan's Vantharu Jaicharu, but the film eventually did not release.[16]

Partial filmography

As an actor

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 Micheal
Bala Kutty
2003 Kadhaludan Durai
Puthiya Geethai Ganesh
Inidhu Inidhu Kadhal Inidhu
Aahaa Ethanai Azhagu Shankar
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
Madhumathi "Black" Baba
Kuththu Guru's friend
Jana Tappa
New Vichu (Ex)
Vasool Raja MBBS Kalaialangaram
Attagasam Pangu
2005 Devathaiyai Kanden 'Kaduppu' Subramani
Arputha Theevu Karuppiah
Kadhal Seiya Virumbu Odibaba Ulaganathan
Kadhal FM Chili Chicken
E Tony
Kasthuri Maan
Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam
2006 Sudesi Ramesh
Mercury Pookkal
Prathi Gnayiru 9 Manimudhal 10.30 Varai Romeo
Idhu Kadhal Varum Paruvam
Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam Tiger Prathaphan
Thagappansaamy
2007 Pori Hari's friend
Ninaithu Ninaithu Parthen
Vedha
Arputha Theevu Karuppiah
Mudhal Kanave
Nee Naan Nila Mokkasamy
Maa Madurai Arumugam
En Uyirinum Melana Johnny
Tholaipesi
Puli Varudhu Karuppa
Kattradhu Thamizh Yuvaan-Suang
Chennai 600028 Himself Guest Appearance
Polladhavan Auto Kumar
Rameswaram
2008 Sadhu Miranda Vellai
Vedha
Yaaradi Nee Mohini Ganesh
Vallamai Tharayo Master
Dhanam Ananth's uncle
Netru Indru Naalai
Silambattam Villager
Dindigul Sarathy Sarathy
Thiruvannamalai Duraisingam
Panchamirtham Pandi
2009 Satrumun Kidaitha Thagaval
Adada Enna Azhagu Vasan's friend
Ayan Dilli
Ilampuyal
Rajathi Raja Krishnamoorthy
Maasilamani
Arumugam Velu
2010 Rettaisuzhi Military army
Ambasamudram Ambani Thandapani
Pournami Naagam
Baana Kaathadi Kumar
365 Kadhal Kadithangal Murugan
Enthiran Ravi
Uthama Puthiran Janaki
2011 Ilaignan Subair
Kasethan Kadavulada Karuna
Maharaja
2012 Kazhugu Nandu
Aathi Narayana
Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam
Ullam 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
Puli Sooran
Kathirvel Kaakha
2016 Azhagu Kutti Chellam Auto driver
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 Rattinam Kumar
2020 Draupadi Guruthevan
Soorarai Pottru Alapparai
2021 Sangathalaivan Ranganathan

As a music director

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

As a singer

Year Film Song Composer Notes
2002 Shree "Madurai Jilla" T.S Muralidharan
2003 Iyarkai "Seetu Kattu" Vidyasagar intro portions
2005 Kadhal Seiya Virumbu "Elam Elam" G. Ram
2005 Thunichal "Katikalama" Premji Amaren
2006 Thalaimagan "Uppumootai" Paul J.
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 lyrics
Ceylon "Londoniley" Vishal Chandrashekhar
Ragalaipuram "Obamavum Ingethan" Srikanth Deva
2015 Darling "Vandha Mala" G. V. Prakash Kumar
2016 Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru "Locality Boys" himself, Bobo Shashi also lyrics

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