Santhanabharathi is a famous actor, director of Tamil movies and television serials. His face and acting style fits any character from humorous ones to villainous ones. Hence, Santhanabharathi is well accepted by directors of movies as well as television serials. He has done number of memorable performances and directed some wonderful films.

Santhanabharathi originally wanted to be a director. He was doing the homework for that and din't get the right opportunity, even after working for a superb director like Sridhar. At that time, he joined with his friend Vasu and started looking for offers. Finally, they got a movie by name “Panneer Pushpangal” in the year 1981. That movie is a super hit movie and well known even today among movie watchers. Everyone loved the story, loved the characters and the way it was filmed. Santhanabharathi, along with his friend Vasu started directing many other movies with the name “Bharathi vasu”.

Santhanabharathi started directing films of his own, after doing five films together with his friend Vasu, who also went on to become a popular director on his own. Santhanabharathi’s films such as Guna, Mahanadhi, Chinna Maaple are well known for their different treatment, as he made best use of his friends Kamalahasan and Crazy Mohan who always gave their best performance to his movies.

Santhanabharathi started acting very early in his career. His popular movies as an actor include Michael Madhana Kama Rajan, Kuselan, Varalaaru and Anbe Sivam. He also started acting in television serials and his popular serials are Poonjolai and Uravugal thodarkathai. Today he focuses entirely on acting in movies and television serials, however he has repeatedly conveyed that his first love is direction only!