Santhana Bharathi

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Santhana Bharathi
Santhana Bharathi at Sathuranga Vettai Audio Launch.jpg
Santhana Bharathi at Sathuranga Vettai Audio Launch
Born
Rajakkapatti, Dindigul district
OccupationDirector, Actor
Years active1975–present
ChildrenSanjay Bharathi, Sathyajith
Parent(s)M. R. Santhanam

Santhana Bharathi is an Indian film actor and director who has worked primarily in Tamil movies.[1]

Career[edit]

Santhana Bharathi is a famous actor, director of Tamil movies and television serials. His face and acting style fits any character from humorous ones to villainous ones. Hence, Santhana Bharathi is well accepted by directors of movies as well as television serials. He has done number of memorable performances and directed some wonderful films. Santhana Bharathi originally wanted to be a director. He was doing the homework for that and din't get the right opportunity, even after working for a superb director like C. V. Sridhar. At that time, he joined with his friend P. Vasu and started looking for offers. Finally, they got a movie by name Panneer Pushpangal in the year 1981. That movie is a super hit movie and well known even today among movie watchers. Everyone loved the story, loved the characters and the way it was filmed. Santhana Bharathi, along with his friend Vasu started directing many other movies with the name “Bharathi Vasu”. Santhana Bharathi started directing films of his own, after doing five films together with his friend Vasu, who also went on to become a popular director on his own. Santhana Bharathi’s films such as Guna, Chinna Mapillai, Mahanadhi are well known for their different treatment, as he made best use of his friends Kamal Haasan and Crazy Mohan who always gave their best performance to his movies.[2] He has directed several films such as Guna (1991) and the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, Mahanadhi (1994). Santhana Bharathi started his film career as a director and then switched to acting.

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role
1978 Ilamai Oonjal Aadukirathu
1981 Raja Paarvai Cameo appearance
1988 Ullathil Nalla Ullam Father
En Jeevan Paduthu
1989 Karagattakaran Chinraasu
1990 Aarathi Edungadi
Ethir Kaatru Minister Azhagesan
Velai_Kidaichuduchu Speaker
1991 Onnum Theriyatha Papa Jana
Thambikku Oru Pattu Ponnusaamy
Michael Madana Kama Rajan Michael's foster father
1994 Nammavar Sakthivel
Magalir Mattum Father of the groom
1995 Mr. Madras Guest appearance
Seethanam
1996 Love Birds
Amman Kovil Vaasalile Guest appearance
Tamizh Selvan
1997 Vivasaayi Magan
1998 Velai
Veera Thalattu
Poonthottam Suresh's father
Guru Paarvai Priya's father
1999 En Swasa Kaatre
Unnaruge Naan Irundhal
Aasaiyil Oru Kaditham Chandini's father
2000 Mugavaree RK Ram
Budget Padmanabhan
Vaanavil
Penngal
2001 Friends Sethupathi
Ullam Kollai Poguthae Doctor
Dosth Judge
Samudhiram Lakshmi's father
Kadal Pookkal
2002 Alli Arjuna
Panchatanthiram
King Dr. Cheenu
Villain Father Karunakaran
2003 Anbe Sivam Padayatchi's assistant
Nala Damayanthi Flight Passenger
Winner Neelaveni's uncle
2004 Vasool Raja MBBS Gangadharan
2005 Aayudham
Sukran Judge
Mumbai Xpress Chettiar
Mumbai Xpress (Hindi) Cameo appearance
Amudhey Nancy's father
Kaatrullavarai Peethambharan
Anbe Aaruyire College Chairman
2006 Aathi Pottabhi
Jerry Jerry's father
Aran Sandhya's father
Varalaru Gayathri's servant
Kizhakku Kadalkarai Salai Politician
2007 Puli Varudhu Shenbagam's father
2008 Thotta
Dasavathaaram Ragavendra's brother-in-law
Kuselan Kuppusamy's assistant
Satyam
2009 Padikkadavan
Rajadhi Raja
Ragavan
Maasilamani Councillor
Madurai Sambavam Caroline's father
Unnaipol Oruvan Karamchand Lala
2010 Porkkalam Sadha
Kattradhu Kalavu Vaikavardhan
Ochayee Aandi Thevar
Virudhagiri Police commissioner
2011 Siruthai Home Minister
Ponnar Shankar
Eththan Selvi's father
Marudhavelu Judge
2012 Maasi
Kadhal Pisase Businessman
2013 Alex Pandian Home Minister
Chennaiyil Oru Naal
All in All Azhagu Raja Khader Bhai
Jannal Oram Senior Bus Repair Mechanic
2014 Vallinam Puzhaldasan
Tenaliraman Ex Chettiar/Man
Aranmanai Chairman
Poojai Annathandavam's lawyer
2015 Aambala Thalaivar
Sandamarutham Magistrate
Eli Jail Warden Ezhumalai
Kathirvel Kakka
Thoongaa Vanam Thandapani
2016 Thozha Police officer
Meen Kuzhambum Mann Paanaiyum Pavithra's grandfather
Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru Church Priest
Chennai 600028 II Chellaiya
2017 Shivalinga Abdullah
7 Naatkal Chief Minister
Yaanum Theeyavan Sethuramalingam
2018 Kalakalappu 2 Ganesh's foster father
Diya Chief Minister
Tamizh Padam 2 Nakul
2019 Goko Mako Yamagundan
LKG Politician
Ayogya Home Minister
Gorilla Ramaiya
Thavam
RK Nagar Chairman Sundaramoorthy
2020 Dagaalty Malli's father
Indha Nilai Maarum

Web Series[edit]

Year Title Role YouTube Channel
2019 - Pondati Mamanaar Roadside Romeos
2021 Kuruthi Kalam MX Player

As director[edit]

Year Film Cast Language Writer Notes
1981 Panneer Pushpangal Suresh, Shanthi Krishna Tamil K. Rajeswar Co-directed with P. Vasu
1981 Madhu Malar Pratap K. Pothen, Suhasini Tamil Co-directed with P. Vasu
1983 Mella Pesungal Vasanth, Bhanupriya Tamil M.S.Madhu Co-directed with P. Vasu
1984 Sahasame Jeevitham Nandamuri Balakrishna, Lije Telugu Co-directed with P. Vasu
1985 Needhiyin Nizhal Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu Tamil V. C. Guhanathan Co-directed with P. Vasu
1987 Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu Sathyaraj, Geetha Tamil T. Damodaran remake of Aavanazhi
1988 En Thamizh En Makkal Sivaji Ganesan Tamil
Poovizhi Raja Prabhu, Shantipriya Tamil
1990 Kavalukku Kettikaran Prabhu, Nirosha Tamil Karunanidhi
1991 Guna Kamal Haasan, Roshini Tamil Sab John, Kamal Haasan Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
1993 Chinna Mapillai Prabhu, Sukanya, Sivaranjani Tamil P. Kalaimani
1994 Mahanadhi Kamal Haasan, Sukanya Tamil Kamal Haasan Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil
Vietnam Colony Prabhu, Vineetha Tamil Siddique-Lal remake of Malayalam film of same name
1995 Engirundho Vandhan Sathyaraj, Roja Tamil Priyadarshan remake of Malayalam film Chithram

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