April 26, 1973 |
Settur, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation||Film director, Film actor, screenwriter, voice actor|
P. Samuthirakani is a Tamil film actor and director. He worked as an assistant to director K. Balachander. His 2009 directorial Naadodigal was a runaway hit, which was later remade in three languages. He has acted in several films as well and is best known for his performances in Subramaniapuram, Easan (both directed by M. Sasikumar), and Saattai.
Samuthirakani entered cinema with dreams of making it as an actor. “People said I don't have the looks or the physique for it. I was unfazed. ‘Insults are a part of life,' I told myself and persevered. So when did he finally get a chance to don the greasepaint? “Pandiarajan's Padikkira Vayasu in which I had just a line to say! And to squeeze myself into the scene I had to cringe and crawl before the assistant director!” Not a tinge of self-pity! “Why at all? Slights can't hold me back.”
In 1997, he joined as an assistant director under K.Vijayan. Samuthirakani who always used to keep himself busy with work was noticed by Iyakkunar Sigaram K.Balachander and was roped in as assistant director for his 100th movie's Parthaale Paravasam. He also got the chance to work as Balachander’s assistant in mega serial Anni telecasted by Jaya TV. The director recalls that the work experience he gained under his mentor Balachander helped him in many ways while shooting Arasi and Selvi, the mega serial telecasted in Sun TV, which were massive hits among house wives.
And that's when he started writing out scenes and dialogue which he would enact within the confines of his room. Soon it led to the discovery that inside him was a capable storyteller.
Subramaniapuram showcased Samuthirakani as an actor with potential and Nadodigal helped him prove his mettle as a director. From maker of megas to director of films that began with Unnai Charan Adaindhain, Kani has always been busy, primarily because he's absolutely egoless. The lukewarm response to his debut film and the disaster ero — didn't deter him. “If the film is a hit everyone vies for the laurels. And if the result is negative, it's the director who has to bear the onus,” he shrugs. He went back to television, joined his mentor K. Balachander's unit, worked as an assistant of Ameer for Paruthiveeran and kept himself as busy as ever. “I continued working till better things came my way.” And the best did happen — Sasikumar gave him that solid role in Subramaniapuram, followed it up with another in Easan, played hero under Sasikumar's direction, and is back with him for Porali.
|2003||Unnai Charanadaindhen||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer|
|2009||Naadodigal||Tamil||Vijay Award for Favourite Director
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director – Tamil
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Director
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Telugu||Remake of Nadodigal|
|2011||Poraali||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Dalogue Writer|
|2012||Yaare Koogadali||Kannada||Remake of Poraali|
|2014||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Telugu||Filming|
|1998||Marmadesam - Edhuvum Nadakkum||Tribal||Tamil||TV Series (Episode 1)|
|2001||Guhan||Assistant director||Tamil||Tv series (Episode 8)
|2008||Subramaniapuram||Kanugu||Tamil||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil|
|2012||The Hit List||Malayalam|
|2014||Ninaithathu Yaaro||Himself||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|2014||Nimirndhu Nil||The car driver||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|2014||Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil||P. Krishna Pillai||Malayalam|
|2014||Nee Yellam Nalla Varuvada||Tamil||Filming|
|2001||Ramani Vs Ramani||Tamil||Comedy TV Serial |
|2001||Adi Ennadi Asathu Penne||Tamil|||
|2003||Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha||Tamil||TV Serial|
|2014||Goli Soda||Madhusudhan Rao|
|2010||Vamsam||"Suvadu Suvadu"||Taj Noor||Sang along with M. Sasikumar and Pandiraj|
|2011||Poraali||"Vidiya Potri"||Sundar C Babu|
- "What's in a name?". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
- "Samuthirakani: My mother may not understand mywork". www.indiaglitz.com. Indiaglitz. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- "A tale of triumph". The Hindu. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
- Rangarajan, Malathi (2011-11-26). "Rebel with a pause". The Hindu (Chennai, India).