D. Santosh

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D. Santosh
Born (1976-09-26) 26 September 1976 (age 41)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present

D. Santosh is an Indian film and theatre actor from Trichy, India.

Early life[edit]

Santosh[1] was born on 19 September 1976. Ki He is an engineering graduate from PSG Tech, Coimbatore.

Career[edit]

His desire to learn ‘the performing art’ made him enroll in a workshop conducted by Amol Palekar and Bhakti Barve in 1998. Following that he joined Pandit Satyadev Dubey’s free workshops and soon started performing in plays. His tryst with genius playwright-director Makarand Deshpande started as a backstage artist for his play Vasanth Ka Teesra Youvan. Since then he has been an integral part of Makrand Deshpande’s Ansh Theatre Group doing three plays — Saa Hi Besura, Ek Kadam Aage and Sakharam Binder Ki Khoj Mein Hawaldar.

According to Santosh:

"Theater to me is ‘Riyaaz’ and so I will continue pursuing it. In movies, a character ends as soon as the closing credits show up. But in theatre, a character lives and dies with every show. We can experiment with the character. Every show gives the actor the opportunity to live the character. One can see the happiness, sadness and various other emotions in audience’s eyes. Theater is a complete visual and aural experience of performing art. I just love to be a part of this world".

His first role was in the Rajkumar Santoshi directed movie The Legend of Bhagat Singh as the legendary revolutionary Rajguru. In a relatively short period, he has been honored to work with all the leading names in the industry — directors like Shivam Nair, Pradeep Sarkar, Nagesh Kukunoor, Madhur Bhandarkar, Indra Kumar, E. Niwas, Ram Gopal Verma, Saeed Mirza, Shimit Amin. In addition, he has shared screen-space with legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Aamir Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Naseeruddin Shah, Ajay Devgn, KK Menon, Makarand Deshpande, Sonali Kulkarni, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan.

In 2009, he received wide appreciation for his work as Giri Reddy, a porn-obsessed office colleague in the Shimit Amin directed and Ranbir Kapoor starrer Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. In addition to film and theatre, he has worked in TV commercials and his sole work in a short film VAAPSI won the award for the Best Short Film in MAMI, Mumbai.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Legend of Bhagat Singh Rajguru
2003 Zameen COP Kadam
2004 Khakee COP Mhatre
2004 Deewaar: Let's Bring Our Heroes Home P.O.W. Raghu Jen
2005 Iqbal Satish Bhatawdekar
2006 Ahista Ahista Pipney (Ankush's roommate)
2006 Jawani Diwani Pandu
2007 Risk Jamal's Mentally Challenged Son
2007 Traffic Signal Jaffar Bhai
2007 Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Coolie
2007 Dhamaal Encounter COP
2008 My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves Michael
2009 Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year Girish Reddy Nomination for "Best Actor in Comic Role", Nokia Star Screen Awards, 2009
2012 Savdhan Meri Jaan Directed by Saeed Mirza
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Receptionist at Bhoothworld
2017 Commando 2 Bala

Plays and short films[edit]

  • Brahma Vishnu Mahesh - directed by Pandit. Satyadev Dubey-ji
  • Montage - directed by Pandit. Satyadev Dubey-ji
  • Ek kadam Aage - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Brahma Vishnu Mahesh - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Montage - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Laila - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Meenakumari - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Basant Ka Teesra Youvna - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Sir Sir Sarla - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Dream men - directed by Makarand Deshpande; character: Ravi Shanbagh (mentally challenged boy)
  • Sakharam Binder ki Khoj mein Hawaldar - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Sa Hi Besura - directed by Makarand Deshpande
  • Tea Break (short film) - directed by Shrinivas; character: Terrorist; released in 2006
  • WAAPSI The Return - directed by Srinivas; character: The lonely person in big city ; winner (Best Short Film) of 2008 MAMI International Film Festival ; screened in L.A. and Japan International film festival

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Won the award for VAAPSI: Winner (Best Short Film) of 2008 MAMI International Film Festival, Mumbai
  • Nomination for best actor in comic role Nokia Star Screen Awards 2009

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