N. Santhanam is an Indian film actor and producer who mainly works in Tamil cinema. Beginning his career as a comedian on television, he rose to fame through his performances in STAR Vijay's Lollu Sabha enacting the lead role in spoofs of Tamil films. He was subsequently given a chance by actor Silambarasan to feature in a supporting role in Manmadhan (2004) and then was signed on to appear in a host of films, notably winning good reviews for his work in Sachien (2005) and Polladhavan (2007). He appeared in a one-off leading role in Shankar's production Arai En 305-il Kadavul (2008) and became a staple feature as a comedian in successful Tamil films during the period, with his market popularity helping stuck films find distributors.Santhanam has also had embarked on collaborations with directors including gaining positive reviews for his work in M Rajesh's comic trilogy of Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009), Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010) and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), winning the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for each one. He has also repeatedly collaborated in the films of A L Vijay, Siva and Sundar C as well as in films featuring Silambarasan, Arya and Udhayanidhi Stalin. His consistently well-received performances and box office appeal in the early 2010s prompted the film industry to dub him as the "Comedy Superstar". In 2012, he began a film production company named Handmade Films and produced his first film, Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya (2013), which went on to become a commercially successful venture. Meanwhile, in 2014, he starred in the leading role again in the action comedy Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham, winning critical and commercial acclaim.
Unlike comedians such as Vadivelu and Vivek who usually appear in comedy tracks separate from the main plot, Santhanam mostly plays either the male protagonist's friend or enemy, forming an essential part of the plot. He has noted that he actively avoided being a part of separate comedy tracks within films, maintaining that appearing as an actor in the story would stop his comedy from becoming monotonous.His appeal at the box office was evident after films such as Leelai and Kadhal Pisase were able to find distributors following long delays, while Telugu film-makers S S Rajamouli and Sai Kiran Adivi partially shot scenes with the actor before releasing a Tamil version of their Telugu films, through Naan Ee and Vinayaga. Santhanam's first production venture, Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya directed by Manikandan, became a commercially successful venture upon release in January 2013. Producing the venture under his newly formed studio Handmade Films, Santhanam opted to introduce a predominantly new cast and keep a low budget for the project understanding that film production had "previously ended the careers of many". Featuring Santhanam as one of the three lead characters alongside his close friend and dermatologist Sethu and Power Star Srinivasan, the film was well received by critics, with a reviewer noting "there is a serious actor hidden somewhere inside Santhanam, who seems to be waiting for the right opportunity or role to break out of the comedian and sidekick roles he is confined to now", adding that "he can put many commercially successful actors to shame". He featured a journalist in Kannan's comedy film Settai alongside Arya and Premgi Amaren, also serving as an assistant director, while he then also played a popular role of a love guru in Sundar C's Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru. He continued to feature in well received roles in commercially successful films like Raja Rani and Vanakkam Chennai, and his work in Endrendrum Punnagai with Jiiva and Vinay, was also praised with a critic noting that "with his spot-on comedy, measured histrionics and his immense likeability, he is a revelation and provides some hearty laughs". A set-back came in the form of his fourth collaboration with Rajesh in All in All Azhagu Raja which became a surprise failure, and a critic wrote "though he does have his moments, the comedy seems to be forced, many of the scenes greatly exaggerated, and his portrayal of Kareena Chopra is a disaster".In 2014, he appeared in the leading role in Srinath's Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham, a remake of the 2010 Telugu film Maryada Ramanna. In preparation for the film, Santhanam lost weight, sported a different look and attended dance classes as well as reducing his work by being more selective on accepting other scripts. The film opened in May 2014 to positive reviews and box office success with a critic noting that "it is a Santhanam show all the way" and that "he also delivers as a complete actor, displaying a range of emotions".
Santhanam grew up in Pozhichalur, near Pallavaram in Chennai. Santhanam married Usha in 2004. It was an arranged marriage by their parents. They have three children.
Santhanam obtained a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Madras (St. Joseph's College, Trichy) and later a law degree from the Law College of Madras, now known as Chennai. He joined the Indian National Congress and participated in the Indian Independence Movement at a young age and was imprisoned once for that. He was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife died while at the Gandhi Ashram, while he was in jail. From 1937 to 1942, he was a member of the Imperial Legislative Assembly, and from 1946 was a member of the Indian Constituent Assembly, from 1948 serving as Union Minister for Railways and Transport in Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet. He stood as a Congress candidate for the House of the People from Mayuram in Tanjore district, but lost to a Communist candidate. In February 1952, he was appointed as the Governor of Vindhya Pradesh.
Movies & TV shows
The son of a biscuit maker grows up as a worker in the company that his dead father founded. One say, a guardian angel walks into his life, and tells him stories that change his life for the better.
A conman tries to save an innocent girl from the clutches of a womanizer after realizing that he had fallen in love with her.
The unexpected meeting of two ex-lovers after a long time affect the equation of their respective families
Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal
A guy tells his friends that he is going to commit suicide after his girlfriend ends their relationship. It begins to be a nightmare for the friends.
Sakka Podu Podu Raja
A happy-go-lucky-guy falls in love with the sister of a ruthless gangster. How does the former convince his lover's brother?
Mappilai Vinayagar is a 2014 Tamil film directed by Sriram Padmanabhan. The film stars Lollu Sabha Jeeva, Rashmi Gautam, Santhanam and K. Bhagyaraj in lead roles.
Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum
A criminal group wants to stop a courier that has damning evidence against them from reaching the hands of an activist, but they underestimate the young man who has to deliver the package
JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai
After a party ends in traumatic fashion, the previously hedonistic JK begins to rethink his lifestyle and begins a quest for an honest yet quickly rewarding career to meet his family's needs.
A man who has difficulty in choosing between two girls for his life partner approaches a psychiatrist for help.
Ramachandran, a young man who is preparing for his IAS exam, battles his id, which keeps getting him into problems.
Idhu Namma Aalu
An eternal romantic falls in love with the girl his father has decided to get him married to, but will his past love affair prove to be a problem?
A rich man decides to do away with the middle-class guy whom his daughter loves by inviting the guy's family to a palatial house on the pretence of marriage. What he doesn't know is that the place is ...
Seenu is in love with Maha but his parents fix up his marriage with Akhila. However, circumstances force him to stay silent every time he tries to reveal his love affair.
Sharp (Simbu), a happy-go-lucky guy, loves Priya (Hansika), a college student, but later learns that she is enagaged to Anbu ( Aditya), a businessman-gangster. Priya wants them to remain friends and S...
Sathya falls in love with Ramya at first sight and starts wooing her. But how will he take the revelations of his girlfriend's past?
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga
Childhood friends Vasu and Saravanan are thick as thieves but Vasu's newly-wed wife, Seema doesn't approve of Saravanan and wants her husband to break ties with him. So, Vasu tries to set up Saravanan...
A hunchback kidnaps a bride on the day of her marriage and holds her hostage while his connection to her and his targets is revealed in a series of flashbacks that unfold as he starts looking for reve...
Saravanan runs a company that supplies man power to political meetings and campaigns. He falls in love with Maya when they meet by chance. Saravanan's father has three sisters who have an enmity with ...
Siva is fascinated by cinema and runs a rundown movie theater. With his theater in financial trouble, he goes to Chennai to meet his childhood friend Madankumar, who is now a film director, and seek h...
The rightful heir to a famous dynasty inspired local villagers to build a dam themselves after being turned down by the ruling Britons. After learning about his grandfather's role in building a dam, a...
Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham
Sakthi goes to Aravangadu to sell his father's property and gets into the Singarayar household as a guest, not realizing that the family wants him dead owing to a family feud. But, they will murder hi...
Inga Enna Solluthu
A middle-aged married man narrates the mistakes of his past to a driver while travelling to Chennai on account of an emergency.
'Salala Mobiles' is an eternal love story between a mobile shop owner and a girl who is a regular customer at the shop. 'Salala Mobiles' is a simple story rendered straight with a tinge of humor and s...
Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal
Kathir (Udhayanidhi) a Madurai lad goes to Coimbatore with a purpose and very soon flips for the charms of a beautiful Pavithra (Nayanthara) who is their neighbor. But Pavithra is already in love with...
As the state's cops eliminate the underlings of Daniel, one of the masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, there comes a challenger — Thalaivan, who starts committing crimes under their noses. ...
Aranmanai is about a family that wants to sell their ancestral home. The supernatural elements they discover there in the aranmanai (palace) lead to some bone-chilling moments.
A straightforward man, who uses violence to settle disputes, decides to mend his ways for the sake of his lover, but when he learns that her family is in danger, he decides to save them at all cost.
Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu
Aravind (Bharath) suffers a serious brain damage from a car accident. He is somehow convinced that he lost his lover Liyana (Mirthika) in the unfortunate accident, but his brother (Santhanam) swears t...
A situational comedy with some sparkling lines, the film is about Pasupathy who is in dire need of a job, and of the lie he tells to land one. The lie helps him gain the confidence of his eccentric em...
Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya
Shiva and his friends fall for Sowmya, who has just moved into their locality. They are forced into a competition to win over the girl.
Three struggling room-mates unknowingly become potential prey of a ruthless gangster
Dhoni (Shiva) falls in love with Seetha (Dhanshika) but his friend Sehwag (Santhanam) tries to break them apart because he wants to get him married to the buck-toothed councilor (Devadarshini) for per...
Tricked by a fraudster, Ajay and Anjali are forced to stay in the same flat. They gradually warm up to each other and start getting romantic notions but the arrival of Deepak, Anjali's fiance, puts th...
A bunch of wedding caterers lead by Santhanam run from trouble and land in Trichy - only to find more trouble. In Trichy, the problems are bigger than before and running away is not an option.
Alex Pandian (Tamil: அலெக்ஸ் பாண்டியன்) is a Tamil action-masala film directed by Suraj that features Karthi and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles, while Santhanam plays a pivotal supporting role. Devi...
A mafia don sends his son out of the country because he doesn't want even a shadow of his life falling on him. Destiny wills otherwise. The son makes an innocuous trip to Mumbai to visit his dad. And ...
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru
A man falls in love with a woman, a new recruit in his company. He seeks guidance from the `Love Guru' to win her heart, but problems arise when the guru learns that the man is in love with his sister...
John (Arya) and Regina (Nayanthara) are forced into wedlock against their wishes. Both undergo a rough patch initially in their marriage as they are not able to get over their past romances. Prior to...
Gowtham (Jiiva) has a troubled childhood once his mother goes astray. He develops a dislike towards women in general and would often been seen in a pensive mood. Things change for the better when he b...
All in All Azhagu Raja
The film is centered around Azhaguraja (Karthi), his friend and adviser Kalyanam (Santhanam) who runs a little known TV channel. He falls head over heels for at first sight with Devi Priya (Kajal Agga...
Picking up the storyline from where Singam ended, Duraisingam (Suriya) has gone undercover after meeting the Home Minister and is working as an NCC officer in a school in Thoothukudi. The only people ...
Santhanam with a Hero Music Director : Brunthan Director : Aravind N Producer : Aravind Rathnasingam, Ravi Gunasingam Banner : Dream Art Creations, Toronto Talkies (P) Ltd Lyrics : Sri Vijay, Sab...
Karthik’s flirting ways during his college days leave a bad impression on Malar. A few years later, the two end up working at the same office, though they are on different floors. Karthik falls in lov...
Babloo (Vinay), a con artist, works for Shankar Dada (Prabhu), a local goon, whose rival Soori ( Pradeep Rawat), is planning to kill Deepika, Shankar's sister (Sharmila) to avenge the murder of his so...
Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal
A man falls in love with a beautiful girl, who also loves him. But later, after the man gets injured in a car accident, the truth about her identity is revealed.
Saguni is a satirical film about politics in Tamil. The film features Karthi and Pranitha in the lead roles, while Santhanam, Roja, Prakash Raj, Raadhika Sarathkumar and Nassar appear in supporting ro...
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi is an upcoming Indian Tamil-language comedy film written and directed by M. Rajesh. It stars producer Udhayanidhi Stalin, in his acting debut, Hansika Motwani and Santhanam in the ...
A blind man with his 'Echolocation' power takes on a revenge mission.
Simbu and Varu Sarath Kumar star in this romantic comedy about a couple who find love by surprise.Though uniquely different from one another in terms of their upbringing, dressing and thinking, they b...
Neethaane En Ponvasantham
A boy and a girl who are friends from their childhood fight and break up during their school and college. They meet again at the age of 25 and fall in love.
In love with his neighbor Bindhu, Nani is a flower decorator. Sudeep is a powerful businessman and he killed him. He came back as a housefly in order to get his revenge.
Saravanan is modern city guy while Sandhya is village modern girl who came to city to find a job. Sandhya meets Saravanan while going to an interview. At first they had some disagreements and fought. ...
A man struggles to save his family-owned restaurant as it is running in loses. He soon falls for a health inspector keen on shutting down the place. When his brother enters the scene, things get worse...
An ordinary milkman is forced to become the fictional character Velayudham who takes on the scum of the earth.
Kanden movie is an romantic comedy entertainer featuring Santhanu Bhagyaraj and Rashmi Gautham in lead roles along woth comedian Santhanam. The film is directed by Mugil and the music is scored by Vij...
Thambikkottai story is about the happenings around an old bridge at Thambikkotai. Thambikkottai is touted to be real life incidents in and around the town Thambikkottai, Thanjavur District.Narain and ...
This film involves around two characters both have been played by Jeeva. Siva is fisherman and does good things and on the other hand Ashok is a lawyer, womanizer and does bad things. At one point Ash...
Five people from varied strata of society – a slum dweller who works as a cable operator, a runaway prostitute, a desperate woman drowning in debt, a rising musician, and a grief-stricken Muslim man –...
Kathirvel Murugan (Bharath) is a software engineer in Chennai. He shares his room with friend Sakkarai (Santhanam). Kathir hails from Usilampatti but wants to project him as city-bred and his ambition...
A thief comes across a little girl who says that he's her father. When he learns the truth about his lookalike, who's an honest cop, he decides to turn a new leaf and help get rid of the local baddie....
The crux of the story is what happens in the end when a police officer faces challenges from his family, politicians, and gangsters.
A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his opponent lawyer the value of love and family.
Guru Sishyan (English: Teacher, Student) is a Tamil language film released on 2010. It stars Sathyaraj and Sundar C in the lead roles. It is directed by Sakthi Chidamabaram
Aatanayagan film is about emotional bondage between a son, who wants to take up a career in abroad and a father who plans otherwise.
Dr. Vasi invents a super-powered robot, Chitti, in his own image. The scientific body, AIRD, that must approve the robot, declines it based on its not having emotions and the ability to make rational ...
Moscowin Kavery is a 2010 Tamil romantic drama film written and directed by Ravi Varman, and he is also the cinematographer. In the film, which has lyrics written by Vairamuthu and music scored by Tha...
Arjun (Arya), a London-based disc jockey, leads a happy life. Also there is Anu (Shriya Saran), who completes her MBA in a London university. One day, Arjun is forced to come to his native village in ...
Ayyanar revolves around a youngster and his love for his mother. The story begins in a village and soon moves to the city. The film, which is said to be an action-packed entertainer, will also have a...
Karu Pazhaniyappan, who has made reasonably thought-provoking films like "Parthiban Kanavu" and "Pirivom Sandhippom", turns hero with "Mandhira Punnagai". After exploring human relationships in his fi...
Nisha leaves Krishna because of his easy-going attitude towards his life and career. Soon, her parents arrange her marriage with an NRI and she reluctantly agrees, but things do not go as planned.
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai
Karthik, a carefree management graduate, abstains from taking up a job. One day, he, along with his close friends, decides to conduct a straw poll by dating three women and then choosing the best one....
Boss Engira Bhaskaran
A happy-go-lucky guy, who is yet to complete his B.A, is named Bhaskaran. For a long time, writing arrear examinations for a degree. His only friend is Nallathambi, who owns a barber saloon, which he ...
ACP Bose (Karthik) is a sincere police officer happily married (Anu Hassan) and living with his parents and younger brother Velu (Arun Vijay). Velu is a college student and he falls in love with his c...
Modhi Vilayadu is a Tamil language film released on 24 July 2009. It stars Vinay Rai and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles. The film opened to mixed reviews with Indiaglitz.com rating it highly while B...
The nice guy who doesn't believe in love is called Siva. He doesn't hesitate to break up love birds that are disloyal to him. Poorna believes strongly in the force of love and does everything she can ...
Siva Manasula Sakthi
Siva and Sakthi lie about their respective jobs when they meet. Once the truth comes out, they decide to take revenge but start developing feelings for each other instead.
Maasilamani is a Tamil film released in 2009, distributed by Sun Pictures. It stars Nakul, Sunaina, Pavan, Santhanam, Srinath, Karunas, M. S. Baskar, Delhi Ganesh, and others. The film is a tribute to...
Vaamanan (Tamil: வாமனன்) is a 2009 Tamil action thriller film written and directed by debutant I. Ahmed, who worked as an erstwhile assistant to Kadhir, and starring Jai and newcomer Priya Anand. Prod...
A man comes to Chennai with a mission to find his brother, who had run away from his house about two decades ago. But a series of events make them both a part of unexpected happenings.
After his encounter with a chirpy girl, Anjali, during their train journey, a depressed Sakthivel's attitude towards life changes. Though he is attracted to her, he agrees to help her unite with her l...
Karthik (Krishnudu), the obese guy joins in an ad designing company. Girls tend to keep him away from them due to his odd personality. He finds a girl Kalpana (Sonia) interesting in that company. She ...
Sathyamoorthy, an orphan, vents his feelings in a poem but doesn’t submit it to a magazine. Surprisingly he reads a poem, penned by a girl, in a magazine that is quite similar to what he has written. ...
Director Vidyadharan has to be applauded for avoiding the mandatory duet song after the interval. He has not deviated from the plot by putting songs in the narrative. Sarath has done a great job in a ...
Balakrishnan and Ashok are two childhood friends who lose touch with each other. One of them goes on to become a national figure and the other, a village barber.
A man unravels the mysteries of his past and his upbringing while settling a village feud.
Arai Enn 305-Il Kadavul
The story revolves around two unemployed youths who are struggling to make ends meet. At one situation they blame the God for all their sufferings. The God appears and decide to stay with them. Realiz...
Santosh's life is dictated by his father, who decides everything for him. However, when Santosh falls in love with a girl, he struggles to convince his father to let him marry his girlfriend.
The film revolves around an Information technology professional, who returns to Chennai from London, to set up his own business. Follows the sibling relationship and the threat from the rowdy.
Thottal Poo Malarum
A happy-go-lucky youngster falls in love with his wealthy classmate. However, the girl's mother is opposed to their relationship and arranges her wedding with a gangster's son.
The story revolves around Puli , who is a local rowdy and the son of a math teacher Prakash Raj. Prakash Raj hates his son for being a rowdy and for not being proficient in Mathematics. As part of a f...
When he learns that his bike has been stolen, he is disappointed. He decides to find the people who stole the bike, but ends up in trouble when he learns that his bike has been used to transport drugs...
A sincere man wishes to fulfill his father's dream that he follows in his footsteps and becomes a police officer. However, when his father is punished for his honesty and transferred to an area that i...
Azhagiya Tamil Magan
Guru has the ability to predict future events. With his unique ability, he identifies several future events, including the attempted murder of his lover by a look-alike.
A businessman who wants to be rich loses out on family and social life. He marries a girl who loves him only because she would prove profitable to his business. He realizes what he lost after the deat...
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram
A man arrives in Chennai with a simple wish of buying gold bangles for his mother. However, an event changes his life completely and he becomes famous as the most dreaded criminal in the city.
The intertwined stories of an international Don in Malaysia, David Billa, chased by the cops, an Indian police officer, a woman who wants to avenge the death of her brother, and a lowly thief, Velu wh...
The lively youthSundar (Srikanth) who has returned from Australia after finishing his engineering degree in Uyir movie. He comes to live with his brother, his lovely wife, and their cute little daught...
Something Something… Unakkum Enakkum
The story starts in a jail, where prisoner Muthupandi (Prabhu) is being interrogated by a police officer (Vijayakumar) about his past. Without hesitation, Muthupandi tells. Muthupandi is a son of the ...
A man loves a woman even though she is three years older than him. Although she reciprocates initially, the age difference and his past with a classmate lead her to break up with him.
Shakti (Madhavan) is a young man from a village, with no job but tons of ambition and dreams. As he sees his life pass him by, stuck in a rut in his hometown, he decides that he will try his fortunes ...
Sillunu Oru Kaadhal
Gowtham and Kundhavi married then she finds a diary from his time at college, five years earlier. She thinks he would rather be married to Aishwarya, his college sweetheart, so she makes arrangements ...
Deepika (Kamna) can't bear with the control imposed on her life by her mother (Vani Viswanath), who is the Home Secretary. In order to make her mother angry, she uploads some hot pictures of herself a...
A happy-go-lucky college student falls in love with a beautiful young woman at first sight, but decides to use a unique approach to get close to her, as she has many admirers in the college. How will ...
Shiva (Bharath) enters into St.Peters college, Bangalore and meets Pooja (Renuka Menon), who was born and brought up in the United States and has come to India to stay with her grandparents while comp...
Oru Kalluriyin Kathai
After graduating, a young man and a girl, who are in love with each other, promise to meet again after five years in their college campus. When he does show up on the set day, his friends are shocked ...
When Mythili meets Mathan, she's at once attracted and terrified since he looks exactly like the serial killer from her nightmares. In fact, he fits the description of a man who targets women in bars....
An upcoming Tamil comedy film is called server Sundaram and is directed by Anand Balki. The film features Santhanam and Vaibhavi Shandaliya in leading roles, while Saurabh Shukla appears in a pivotal ...
Madha Gaja Raja
Madha Gaja Raja is an unreleased Tamil Action Comedy film written and directed by Sundar C. It stars Vishal, Anjali and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in the leading roles, while Santhanam and Nithin Sathya pl...
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