His first Tamil movie, Pizza, which he directed in 2012 at the age of 29, was a runaway hit. The movie went on to be remade in other Indian languages including Hindi. Karthik Subbaraj’s second film, Jigarthanda, was another stupendous hit and won the National Award for Bobby Simha. In just five years, Karthik has gone on to set up a production house and produce two films.

Meyaadha Maan, his second production, has turned out to be a big Diwali hit despite being in theatres with Vijay’s Mersal. Meyaadha Maan is directed by debutant director Rathan Kumar and stars Vaibhav Reddy, Vivek Prasanna, Priya Bhavani Shankar and Induja.

In an exclusive interview with NewsX, Karthik says that in the five years that he has been in the industry, he has faced a lot of challenges but never thought of quitting Kollywood. “All the issues I face are not related to filmmaking and direction,” he says candidly.

“The audience wants something new and all my movies are strong in content. That’s our focus. I am experimental but the audience today accepts this,” explains Karthik. Currently, the director-producer is looking at making small budget films but could move into the big league soon.

With so many hits in his kitty, Karthik Subbaraj is now busy with his next directorial called Mercury, a silent film. “It stars Prabhu Deva and is a silent film. It’s a thriller. I am looking at the world audience where this film is concerned because it has no language,” says Karthik. Watch the interview to find out more about Karthik’s journey so far, the issues he has faced and what he is looking forward to.