Karthik was first introduced
by Bharathiraja in the film Alaigal Oivathillai. He has
received the Best New Face Award from the Tamil Nadu
Government in 1980.
He is a celebrated actor of Tamil Nadu next to Kamalhaasan
according to co-artists and one of a pioneer from Southern
India in film industry. He was awarded with the title
“Navarasa Nayagan” implies multitalented actor. He has
received the best actor for three consecutive times by Tamil
His way of acting, expressions, romantic style separates him
from others. He is popular with the audience for sense of
humor and was involved with several small comedy scenes in
most of his movies. His cameo in Mouna Ragam was very well
received by the audience.