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Actor Santhanam was born on 21st January 1980. He resides in Pozhichalur, Chennai.He has a Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Meenakshi Krishnan Polytechnic College.

He started 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 and then was signed on to appear in a host of films, notably winning good reviews for his work in Sachien and Polladhavan.

He appeared in a one-off leading role in Shankar’s production Arai En 305-il Kadavul and subsequently became a staple feature as a comedian in successful Tamil films during the period, with his market popularity helping stuck films find distributors.

He also had embarked on collaborations with directors including gaining positive reviews for his work in M Rajesh’s movies, winning the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for every film. 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 2010’s 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”, which went on to become a commercially successful venture. Meanwhile in 2014, he starred in the leading role again in “Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham” and “Inimey Ippadithan” in 2015, winning critical and commercial acclaim.