Karan is a popular actor in south Indian cinema. He was born as Raghu Kesavan in Chennai in the year 1969. He was a noted child actor in Malayalam films. He has acclaimed the Best Child Actor twice in Malayalam for the movies Rajahamsam in 1974 and Prayanam and
in 1975. He has performed as a child artist in the south Indian cinema for more than twenty films. Till 1983, he was acting as a child performer. From the year 1990, he started to act in the film in small roles as a youngster. Theechatti Govindan, a Thiyagarajan movie was his debut movie in Tamil. He appeared as a henchman in that movie. Later he acted as Sharath Babu’s son in the Rajini Kanth movie Annamalai. He came to the limelight after performing as a villain in Kamal Hassan’s movie Nammavar. From that movie onwards, he was credited as Karan. He has acted in various films as a side role artist, friend to the hero as well as the villain. Even before he turned to the hero, he acted in a father role. He acted as Vindhya’s father in the movie Tirunelveli. He has acted in character roles in the films like Gokulatthil Seethai, Pon Manam, Budget Padmanabhan, Sollamale, Minsara Kanna, Engalukkum Kaalam Varum and Alli Arjuna. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he was present in most of the Ajith and Vijay movies, as a friend or villain. 2006 was the year, which made this talented man to make his debut as a hero. Karuppasamy Kutthagaitharar and Kokki released in the same year. He was lauded for his acting in Karuppasamy Kutthagaitharar and the movie was also a hit. That movie insisted in the education of the women. He was one among the producers of that movie. He has acted a dozen films as a hero and still continuing. His latest movie is Kanniyum Kalaiyum Sema Kadhal, which is the 75th film of Karan. Karan has also acted in a Mahindra scooter advertisement with Bollywood Star Kareena Kapoor.