Santhanam is a Tamil movie actor who is famous for his timing-rhyming comedies and counters. He, prior to entering the cine industry, acted for some comedy programs for Win TV, but it was Vijay TV’s ‘LolluSabha’ - a program that spoofs movies, gave his major breakthrough. It was his astounding performance in that program that gained him an entry into the silverscreen when STR spotted him and gave him a role of a college student in his crime-thriller movie ‘Manmathan’. Santhanam has established himself as one of the most contemporary comedians in the Tamil cine industry by acting with almost all heroes. There was a period when heroes were waiting for his callsheet, and all movies that had his comedies featured were hit, regardless of the main plot.

Unlike comedians of his previous era, he prefers to perform together with the antagonist and thus adding to a flavour of comedy throughout the movie. He has 5 bagged consecutive Vijay awards for the ‘The Best Comedian’ right from 2009 till 2013, the Edison award and the SIIMA award for the same category in 2013 and 2011 respectively. Santhanam during a show in Vijay TV mentioned that it will be always his alma mater, no matter how much heights he scales.

Santhanam has got into several controversies as well through his dialogs that sound funny when watching, but tend to hurt people’s feelings. Several protests were also held against his dialogs, which led to the censor of such dialogs. He was also accused of trying to imitate the legendary comedian Koundamani who makes fun of everyone, in every way possible. However, he rejected that claim stating that he doesn’t imitate anyone.

Santhanam’s biggest blockbusters were those with director M.Rajesh’s comedy trilogy – ‘Siva ManasulaSakthi(SMS)’ , ‘Boss EngiraBaskaran’ and ‘OruKalOruKannadi(OK OK)’ and ‘Siruthai’ in which he starred alongside Karthi for the first time. He also owns a production company called Handmade films that produced his story ‘Kanna Laddu Thinga Aasaya’ and also ‘Vallavanuku Pullum Aayudham’. He was the single lead hero in the latter and it won him good reviews for his all-round performance. He acted and also served as the assistant director of the Tamil remake of Delhi Belly which was directed by R.Kannan. So far, he has acted in about 75 movies and has produced 2 of them.

Santhanam expressed his desire to direct Tamil movies with a comedy-sentiment genre and claimed that he would tend to explore some areas that covered India’s vast heritage. He encourages fresh young minds into the industry and is a hard worker. It is only his hard work and hilarious thoughts that has brought him to the top positions of Tamil cinema. ‘Santhanam memes’ are very popular in social networking websites and they mostly comprise of “My reaction when…” type.

Serials acted: Super Comedies (Win TV, 2001) Tea KadaiBench(Win TV, 2002), LolluSabha(Vijay TV, 2001-2004)

DOB: 21 January, 1980

Movies acted: Over 75 movies and filming.

Ganeshkar Tamil Actor

Ganeshkar

Ganeshkar is a popular Tamil film and television actor, known for doing comic and supporting roles. He was born and raised up in Chennai, India.Ganeshkar got married to Ooty-born actress, Aarthi Ganeshkar in October 23, 2009. The ceremony was held at Guruvayurappan Temple in Kerala and the reception happens at Hotel Accord in Chennai on October 25, 2009. Big personalities like the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Mu. Karunanidhi attended their celebration, R.B. Choudhary, AVM Saravanan, Stalin, K. Balachander, Sivakumar, P Vasu and a lot more were also there to celebrate with them. According to Aarthi, she never thinks of entering wedlock until her sister got married and she suddenly imagine her own marriage; that’s when she decided to tie the knot with Ganeshkar. Vijay TV’s Namma Veetu Kalyanam featured all the interesting moments on Ganeshka and Aarthi’s wedding celebration and was relive in their show in 2009. Ganeshka and Aarthi have become a popular pair in television and was known as the most sought comedians in Indian film and television. They joined the Season 2 of the Indian dance competition, Maanada Mayilada which was aired on Kalaignar TV. The couple won 5 Lakhs and they took the first runner-up place. They also hosted Sun TV’s Super 10 in Chennai.Ganeshkar started acting as a child artist in the 1986 Tamil film, Karimedu Karuvayan under the direction of Ramanrayanan. He acted in another Tamil film, En Thangai Kalyani from which he was cast together with his real-life wife, Aarthi. She bagged the role of Kalyani, the sister of Ganeshkar who played as the young T. Rajendar in the film. In 1989, he appeared in K. Balachander’s Puthu Puthu Arthangal and Siva by Amirjan. In 1991, he also acted in the Tamil romantic drama film, Nee Pathi Naan Pathi. He was also seen in the 2004’s drama film, Kovil and essayed the role of Shaktivel’s (played by Silambarasan) friend, English Karan in 2005 and Nepali in 2008. The actor also made an appearance as Rocky’s (played by Dhanush) friend in the action comedy film, Padikkathavan in 2009. In 2013, he bagged the role of Murugan in the romantic comedy film, Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya. In 2014, he has done another romantic comedy film entitled, Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal, under the direction of S.R. Prabhakaran. Recently, he was also cast in the box-office horror comedy film, Aranmanai which stars Sundar C. and Vinai Rai.

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