However due to his personal reasons, he faded out of the scene and even tried to establish a career in politics, but it was in vain.
However, Karthik is back to do what he knows the best. Karthik seems to have decided to follow the footsteps of his fellow actor Prabhu, who had almost started his career along with him.
Nowadays, Prabhu is the most wanted actor in a father role in Kollywood and his hands are full with some big films with handsome salary. Now Karthik has also decided to join this father club and announced the same recently.
Karthik, who is currently playing an important role in Mani Ratnam's Ravana (Karthik had got a big break in Mani's blockbuster Mouna Ragam in the early 80's!), will appear as Jayam Ravi's dad in a yet-to-be-titled film which is expected to begin in April.
Introduced by Bharathiraja in Alaigal Oivadhillai, actor Karthik, the son of veteran actor the late Muthuraman, dominated the Tamil cinema as its only popular 'romantic young hero', till the arrival of Vijay and Ajith. In fact his films like Harichandra even competed with films of Viay, Prashanth and Ajith in the late nineties.