If reports are to be believed, Santhanam, who was seen in more than 12 films in 2011, charges Rs 3 lakhs per day. As he does miniature roles, he gets paid on day basis. Among the current lot, he is in huge demand, as the Tamil audience love to see his hilarious one-liners on-screen. The producers and directors happily pay him what he demands because of his ability to break the funny bones of the audience.
Reports say that Santhanam is flexible and brings in a lot of freshness to his character. Unlike other comedians, the actor reads the entire script and prepares for his role in advance. As a result, the industry men believe that he is worth the money. Adding to that he is humble and down-to-earth. It is no surprise that the actor has 15 releases - including Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Thaandavam, Alex Pandian, Settai, Boologam and Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya, in the coming months.