Karthik Subbaraj is an south Indian film director, writer and producer. He made the short film "Kaatchipizhai" in Madurai, which was selected for Nalaya Iyakunar (a TV competition for short films). He then went on to make other films and released the 2012 low-budget thriller Pizza which was a commercial success. He won the Best Debutante Director in 2013 at SIMA awards. He is one among the many new age filmmakers who are carrying Tamil cinema forward.
His film Jigarthanda, which deals with the Madurai underworld, was released in September 2014 and received critical acclaim..The film starred Siddharth, Lakshmi Menon, Bobby Simha and Karunakaran.
Karthik did his schooling in SBOA Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, Madurai and went on to study Mechatronics at Thiagarajar College of Engineering. During his college days he performed stage shows and skits. His father, Gajaraj, is an actor who has had supporting roles in films like Onaayum Aattukuttiyum, Mundasupatti , Kabali (film), Meesaya Murukku.
Karthik Subbaraj had intended to direct Jigarthanda first but could not fund the project. He then came up with the story for the low-budget Pizza which introduced the 7.1 sound system. The film was a commercial success, remade in Hindi and Kannada. This allowed him the opportunity to make Jigarthanda, which received positive reviews and earned actor Bobby Simha a national award. Subbaraj was praised by Tamil actor Vijay and director Mani Rathnam. His third movie, Iraivi, received positive reviews and Subbaraj was praised for the film's portrayal of society's treatment of women. The movie also observed the various ways men's attitudes and behaviours impact women throughout life.Mercury(silent thriller) has also received enormous positive reviews. He's producing Kallachirippu, a web series under his banner Stone bench.
Subbaraj, a Rajinikanth fanatic, will be next directing the action thriller Petta, touted to be Rajinikanth 165th film. Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures will be producing the film while Anirudh Ravichander was signed to composed the film's music, replacing Karthik's usual music director, Santhosh Narayanan who earlier composed for the director's previous ventures. Trisha and Simran will be playing the female leads. Vijay Sethupathi as the film's main antagonist.Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be making his Tamil film debut also will be starring in the film in a prominent supporting role with Bobby Simha.