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.