Santhanam

Occupation:
Actor, Supporting Cast
Awards:
Winner, Vijay Award for Best Comedian
Years Active:
2003 — present
Santhanam
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Santhanam
Born Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Comedian, film actor
Years active 2003 — present

Santhanam (Tamil:) is a Tamil comedian and an actor in Tamil cinema. His fame started off in the Lollu Sabha. He debuted in Manmadhan in 2004 and later appeared in several comedy and drama films. He is from Pozhichalur in Pallavaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Background
Santhanam began his career in the popular comedy troupe "Nungambakkam Boys Kondaatam" who did comedy shows particularly during Diwali. The troupe included M. S. Bhaskar who occasionally assisted them with his performances. He moved to television shows such as Chinna Papa Periya Papa in 1999 and in Kovai Anuradha's Costly Maapillai. He became well known in a number of small time serials on STAR Vijay such as Sagalai vs.Ragalai and Lollu Sabha; the latter had turned Santhanam into a notable television personality.

He began acting in films, debuting in Manmathan alongside Silambarasan Rajendar and later acted alongside the Tamil film industry's top stars, including Rajinikanth, Vijay, Surya Sivakumar, Ajith, Dhanush, Jayam Ravi, Arya and countless others, as well as multiple films with Silambarasan. He played the lead role in Arai Enn 305-il Kadavul, along with Prakash Raj.

Unlike veteran comedians like Vadivelu and Vivek, who usually act in a comedy track separate from the main plot, Santhanam plays the role of the hero's friend (and sometimes, foil), contributing more to the actual story. He won the Vijay Award for Best Comedian in 2010 for his role in Siva Manasula Sakthi (SMS). He received wide praise for his roles in films directed by Rajesh, such as SMS and Boss Engira Bhaskaran.

Awards
Winner, Vijay Award for Best Comedian