Senthil is a great comedian actor who works predominantly in Tamil movies. Along with another comedian Goundamani, they created a box-office sensation and made a history in Tamil movies. Together, they opened a new chapter in Tamil cinema and easily essayed the characters like Laurel and Hardy easily and won people’s appreciation. The actor got his break in national-award winning film ‘Pasi’ which fetched national award for Shobha. It was a film directed by
Balu Mahendra and the newcomer Senthil acted with
Delhi Ganesh, Vijayan, and actress Shobha. So far, he has acted in over 188 movies in Tamil and even single-handedly resurrected and sustained the careers of many mainstream actors during his era and kept the cash registers ringing at the same time.
The actor was born on 23 March 1951 in Bangalore and but left the city and landed up in Chennai and worked in drama companies and later entered the film industry where he could only get smaller roles. Thus, the actor rose to prominence slowly after 1982 when actor-director K. Bhagyaraj offered him roles regularly in every movie that he had directed. However, people first spotted out two comedians Senthil and Goundamani in a movie named ‘'Vaidegi Kathirundha' and later their chemistry was acknowledged in other movies too such as ‘Koyil Kaala', ‘Cheran Pandian’, ‘Gentleman', ‘Karakattakaran’ etc. to name a few. The actor was very spontaneous in creating a laughter scene, and that is why people used to flock to see him, and that kept the cash registers ringing in the box office.
The actor has acted with every top Tamil actor and actresses when his career was at a peak. He married Kalaiselvi on May 14, 1982, and has two sons. Of late, he has forayed into televisions series acting in Malayalam and Tamil serial. At present, Tamil TV channel hosts programs like '
Vaivittu Siringa' and '
Kalakkal Comedy' on Adithya TV, which plays back-to-back comedy clips from the movie that this actor has acted, and the actor remains in the spotlight as the evergreen comedian in the idiot box too.