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Born (1973-04-26) April 26, 1973 (age 41)[1]
Settur, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu
Residence Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Film director, Film actor, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active 2001-present

P. Samuthirakani is a Tamil film actor and director.[2] He worked as an assistant to director K. Balachander.[3] His 2009 directorial Naadodigal was a runaway hit,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]


As Director[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2003 Unnai Charanadaindhen Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
2004 Neranja Manasu Tamil
2004 Naalo Telugu
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 Nimirndhu Nil Tamil
2014 Janda Pai Kapiraju Telugu Filming
2015 Kitna Tamil Filming

As Actor[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1998 Marmadesam - Edhuvum Nadakkum Tribal Tamil TV Series (Episode 1)[7]
2001 Guhan Assistant director Tamil Tv series (Episode 8)[8]
also Co-director
2001 Parthale Paravasam A backpain Patient treated by vivek Tamil [9]
2006 Poi Tamil Cameo appearance
2007 Paruthiveeran Tamil Cameo appearance
2008 Subramaniapuram Kanugu Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2010 Shikkar Abdullah Malayalam
2010 Easan Sangayya Tamil
2012 Masters Malayalam Cameo appearance
2012 Thiruvambadi Thamban Malayalam
2012 Saattai Dayalan Tamil
2012 Neerparavai Uduman Gani Tamil
2012 The Hit List Malayalam
2013 D Company Chaukidar Malayalam
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Tamil Guest appearance
2014 Nimirndhu Nil The car driver Tamil Guest appearance
2014 The Reporter Parthasarathy Malayalam Filming
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Tamil
2014 Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil P. Krishna Pillai Malayalam
2014 Kaadu Nandha Tamil
2014 Nee Yellam Nalla Varuvada Tamil Filming
2014 Aadhar Tamil Filming
2014 Sandamarutham Tamil Filming
2015 Masss Tamil Filming
2015 Rajini Murugan Tamil Pre-production


Year Program Language Notes
2001 Ramani Vs Ramani Tamil Comedy TV Serial [10]
2001 Adi Ennadi Asathu Penne Tamil [11]
2001 Idho Boopalam Tamil [12]
2003 Anni Tamil TV Serial
2003 Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha Tamil TV Serial
2005 Thangavettai Tamil Game Show
2007 Arasi Tamil TV Serial
2011 7C Tamil TV Serial(Cameo)

Dubbing artist[edit]

Year Film Actor


2011 Aadukalam Kishore
2012 Dhoni Murli Sharma
2014 Goli Soda Madhusudhan Rao


Year Film Song Composer Notes
2010 Vamsam "Suvadu Suvadu" Taj Noor Sang along with M. Sasikumar and Pandiraj
2011 Poraali "Vidiya Potri" Sundar C Babu


  1. ^ "SAMUTHIRAKANI P.". Tamilnadu Film Director's Association. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "What's in a name?". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Samuthirakani: My mother may not understand mywork". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "A tale of triumph". The Hindu. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
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  6. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (2011-11-26). "Rebel with a pause". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
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