Thanks to Kollywood’s continued boycott of ace comedian Vadivelu (nobody knows the exact reason, though!) and the not-so-busy schedules of other comedians such as ‘Ganja’ Karuppu, ‘Barotta’ Suri and a few others, Santhanam is making hay. Of late, Santhanam has become an inevitable presence in almost all the films.
The comedian has also turned producer by launching a film titled Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiyaa? (KLTA). Unfortunately, though, the shoot of the film has been suspended for the time being as ‘power star’ Srinivasan, who plays a prominent role in the film, has been languishing in Chennai’s Puzhal Central Prison after getting arrested a fortnight back for indulging in fraudulent activities.
Santhanam is said to have zeroed in on a ‘technique’ to either accept or reject offers which come his way. The comedian is said to be taking up offers only if his part of the shoot lasts for a minimum 10 days. If the call-sheet is asked for less than ten days, Santhanam denies the film offer straight away. The reason is said to be his payment, which is charged on a daily basis.
Usually, comedians are paid their salaries for films in the form of daily wages. Santhanam’s fee per day is said to have touched a whopping Rs.10 lakhs. Whether he deserves it or not is an entirely different issue. If he stars in a film for 10 days, he’d be pocketing a cool Re.1 crore, which is more than what a frontline heroine like Hansika or Anjali gets paid for a film.
Producers and directors who want to sign Santhanam in their films plan things in such a way that his part is over in 2-3 days’ time. If agreed to Santhanam’s idea, the producers might have to cough up Rs.1-2 crore for Santhanam, which would dent their films’ overall budget in a great way. Santhanam, on his part, is said to be quite intent on making hay(money) while the Sun (market) shines!