May 3, 1991
|Other names||'Thoothukudi' Karthika|
Karthika Adaikalam (born May 3, 1991), better known mononymously as Karthika, is a Tamil film actress, who has appeared in Tamil films. She is probably best known for her performances in Thoothukudi and Raman Thediya Seethai.
Karthika made her debut as an actress through Sanjay Ram's Thoothukudi, a village action drama, where she appeared opposite choreographer-turned-actor Harikumar. She was cast in the film after the makers had spotted her in a commercial. The relative success of the film prompted Karthika to be labelled as 'Thootukudi' Karthika or 'Karuvappaiya' Karthika by the media, after a popular song from the film. A song titled "Ulaga Azhagi" from her second film, Pirappu (2008) also won her recognition, despite the relative low-key release of the film. She was recognised by director Bala, who cast her in the leading female role of a bling beggar opposite Arya in Naan Kadavul (2009) during mid-2007. However, despite being completing a test shoot, where she was asked to beg in the streets of Periyakulam, Bala later dropped her from the project. Some of the other films she worked on during the period including Raghavan's Alaiyodu Vilaiyadu, Jawahar Pattalam and Machan also failed to have a theatrical release.
Karthika featured in Raman Thediya Seethai (2008) alongside an ensemble cast including Cheran, Pasupathy and Vimala Raman. She then signed on to appear in Madurai Sambavam (2009), once again appearing alongside Harikumar. Post-release, she revealed that she had accepted the brief role as a goodwill gesture to Harikumar, who had played a role in beginning her acting career.
Karthika took an extended break from the film industry after getting married in 2012. In mid-2019, Karthika announced plans of making a comeback to acting. She will next be seen in the fantasy film, Mayamukhi.
|Naalaiya Pozhuthum Unnodu||Nangai||Tamil|
|2008||Raman Thediya Seethai||Gayathri||Tamil|
|365 Kadhal Kadithangal||Jasmine||Tamil|
- "Wedding Bells for Karthika". 22 March 2011.
- காந்தி, உ சுதர்சன். "'என் ரசிகர்களுக்காக மீண்டும் நடிக்க வந்துட்டேன்!' - 'கருவாப்பையா' கார்த்திகா!". Vikatan (in Tamil).
- "BALA NAAN KADAVUL Karthika bhavana arya Meenakshi Karuppasamy Kuthagaitharar parvathi Thoothukudi tamil movie news hot stills picture image gallery". www.behindwoods.com.
- "NAAN KADAVUL Mission Heroine Bala Karthika Bhavana Neetu Chandra Pooja Tamil Movie Trailer Indian movie Trailers image gallery".
- "Review: Raman Thediya Seethai".
- "Karthika's next is 'Dhairiyam'".
- "'தூத்துக்குடி' கார்த்திகாவுக்கு ரகசிய திருமணமா?". 20 February 2012.
- "Actress Karthika is back after a break". 10 April 2019.
- "Mayamukhi nears completion". 8 March 2021.
- "மீண்டும் நடிக்க வருகிறார் 'கருவாப்பையா' பாடல் புகழ் கார்த்திகா".