He established himself as a leading comedian along the lines of legendary Goundamani, Senthil, Vivek and Vadivel. After his recent 'Valuvanuku Pullum Ayuthum' his intentions to work as a hero came into limelight quite evidently. Rumor was that PVP production house which originally produced VPA were looking to sign up with Santhanam for yet another project, however the movie did not take off till date.
Various reasons came afloat with one being that even though VPA was a decent hit at the BO, did not make money as expected and the producers are taking a second opinion on that. As of now Santhanam has quite a number of movies lined up as a comedian, also movies that will give him equal screen space as the hero, however as a hero time will tell.