Santhanam made slow and
steady progress with notable films like Azhagiya
Tamizh Magan, Polladhavan, Santhosh Subramaniam,
and Billa. His talent was not lost on the
powers that be and Shankar himself gave him
the leading role in Arai E n 305il Kadavul
which he produced. Critics were appreciative
of his performance in the film.