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Settai to VSOP: 7 Tamil films where Santhanam steals the show

Alfred Francis

Alfred Francis
Jul 15, 2021

Santhanam is infamous for his sharp counters in Tamil films. Before donning the suit of a hero, he played a side-kick and supporting roles in numerous films. In some he plays the hero’s BFF, in others he essays a rival and in another he portrays a ‘love Doctor’.

We all love Santhanam who makes fun of the hero continuously and does not miss a chance to deliver a counter-dialogue humour. He does not tolerate sarcasm and insults and shines better than the hero in a comedy setting. Here are some comedies where Santhanam outshone the hero:

1
Boss Engira Bhaskaran
7.3OTTplay Rating
Again Santhanam is cast as the best friend of Arya as Nallathambi in the movie. Nallathambi and Bhaskaran start a coaching center for lazy students such as themselves. A catchphrase by Santhanam “Nanbenda” from this film became a hit with youth. Nanbenda is also a film starring Udayanidhi Stalin and Santhanam. The name was inspired by this catchphrase.
2
Kalakalappu
6.4OTTplay Rating
Santhanam plays the character Vettupuli who is engaged to the leading lady Anjali. Although appearing for a short span, he charms the audience with his counters, combination scenes with Manobala and as a fake martial artist.
3
Oru Kal Oru Kannadi
6.7OTTplay Rating
Udayanidhi Stalin’s debut film with Hansika as the lead actress. Here Santhanam is cast as the companion of the hero. Saravanan (Udayanidhi Stalin) chooses Meera over Parthasarathy (Santhanam), his best friend. But what fate has in store for him is enough to make him understand his mistake.
4
Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru
6.2OTTplay Rating
Santhanam plays Mokia/ Sathish who is a ‘Love Doctor’. He advises on the ways to make a girl fall in love with you. Although his services are expensive, they have been proven to work. Kumar (Siddharth) falls in love with Sanjana (Hansika) and asks for Mokia’s advice. Mokia helps him, no questions asked. Then comes the shocker. Sanjana is the sister of Mokia. Now Mokia, a man who helped numerous lovers, is set to ruin Sanjana’s and Kumar’s love.
5
Endrendrum Punnagai
7.1OTTplay Rating
Goutham (Jiiva), Sri (Vinay), and Baby (Santhanam) have been best friends since childhood. Now they work in the same ad-agency living a carefree life with alcohol and late-night parties. They’ve made a pact that they will never get married. But within a few days of making this vow, Sri and Vinay decide to go the family way. This creates a rift in their friendship and Gautham distances himself from them. Why did they suddenly decide to marry? Why did they break the pact? And why did they end their friendship? The rest of the movie answers these queries.
6
Settai
4.8OTTplay Rating
Photographer Nagaraj (Santhanam) and his friends get embroiled in a squabble with a diamond smuggling ring. It all began with something Nagaraj did which created a butterfly effect. Now they have to run from the gun-wielding smuggler.
7
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga
4.3OTTplay Rating
Vasu (Santhanam) and Saravan (Arya) are best friends who look out for each other. Vasu gets married and his wife is irritated by Saravanan’s rude behaviour of invading privacy. Vasu decides to make Saravanan fall in love too, to keep his distance. But the girl does not like Vasu. The film depicts many of Vasu’s attempts to make Saravanan fall in love.
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