Samuthirakani

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Samuthirakani
Samuthirakani at Sandamarudham Audio Launch.jpg
Samuthirakani at the audio launch of Sandamarutham
Born (1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 48)[1]
OccupationFilm director, film actor, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active1998-present

Samuthirakani (born 26 April 1973) is an Indian film actor and director who predominantly works in the Tamil cinema besides appearing in a number of Malayalam and Telugu films. He worked as an assistant to director K Balachander.[3] His 2009 directorial Naadodigal was a runaway hit.[4] He has acted in several films as well and is best known for his performances in Subramaniapuram (2009), Easan (2010) (both directed by M Sasikumar), Saattai (2012) Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014), Oppam (2016) and Krack (2021).[5][6][7][8] He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Visaranai.[9][10]

Career[edit]

He did his B.Sc in Mathematics from the Rajapalayam Rajus College and further he even did Bachelor of Law from Ambedkar Law College. He dreamt of becoming an actor. However, people used to tell him that he does not have looks and do not know acting. So he would never become an actor. However, Samuthirakani entered cinema with dreams of making it as an actor.[11]

In 1997, he joined as an assistant director under K. Vijayan. Samuthirakani who always used to keep himself busy with work was noticed by K. Balachander and was roped in as assistant director for his 100th film Paarthale Paravasam. He also assisted Balachander in the mega-serial Anni telecasted by Jaya TV. The director recalls that the work experience he gained under his mentor helped him in many ways while shooting Arasi and Selvi, the mega-serial telecasted in Sun TV, which were massive hits among housewives.[12]As an actor he worked as a junior artist, in Jannal serial, telecasted in 1998, directed by K.Balachander.

In the early 2000s, Samuthirakani attempted to break into film industry as a director. He notably launched a shelved film titled Uyir Nanbanukku starring Cheran, before making Unnai Charanadaindhen (2003) for S. P. B. Charan.[13][14]

However it was the blockbuster success of Naadodigal (2009) that established Samuthirakani as a director. Since then he has directed meaningful and message oriented films such as Poraali (2011), Nimirndhu Nil (2014) and Appa (2016). All these films have been remade in Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.[15]

He directed two Telugu films Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010) and Janda Pai Kapiraju (2015), he has been recognised more as an antagonist than a director.[16]

His performance in Vetrimaaran's Visaranai (2016) fetched him the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 63rd National Film Awards.[17]

Samuthirakani, who helmed and starred in the original Appa (2016), has directed the Malayalam version Aakashamittayee (2017) along with M. Padmakumar.[18]

He is also playing an important role in Rajinikanth's flick Kaala (2018).[19]

Samuthirakani's returns to direction with Naadodigal 2 (2020), a film that takes up the topic of equality.[20]

Filmography[edit]

As director[edit]

Films
Year Film Language Notes
2003 Unnai Charanadaindhen Tamil Won - 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
2011 Poraali Tamil Won - Vijay Award for Best Dialogue Writer
2012 Yaare Koogadali Kannada
2014 Nimirndhu Nil Tamil
2015 Janda Pai Kapiraju Telugu
2016 Appa Tamil
2017 Thondan Tamil
2017 Aakashamittayee Malayalam Co-directed with M. Padmakumar
2020 Naadodigal 2 Tamil
Television
Year Title Channel Language Notes
2001 Paasa Paasangugal Raj TV Tamil Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal[21][22][23][24][25][26]
2001 Gunangalum Ranangalum Tamil
2001 Idho Boopalam Tamil
2001 Theadathey Tholainthu Povai Tamil
2001 Addi Ennadi Asattu Pennea Tamil
2001 Kodi Rubai Kealvi Tamil
2001 Anni Jaya TV Tamil Directed along with K. Balachander
2003 Sindhu Bhairavi II: Sahana Tamil Directed along with K. Balachander and Venkat
2003 Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha Sun TV Tamil
2004 Engirundho Vandhal Jaya TV Tamil Directed along with K. Balachander and Ilakkiyan
2005 Idhu Oru Kadal Kadhai STAR Vijay Tamil
2005 Thangavettai Sun TV Tamil Game Show
2005 Selvi Tamil
2007 Arasi Tamil
2007 Thenmozhiyal Kalaignar TV Tamil
2010 Alaipayuthey Jaya TV Tamil Directed along with Raja

As actor[edit]

Television
Year Serial Role Channel Notes
1998 Sila Nijangal Sila Nyayangal Reporter Sun TV
Raj TV
Part of Jannal
TV series (episode 7)[27]
2000 Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu Smoking guy in theatre DD Podhigai TV series (Episode 1)[28]
2001 Edhuvum Nadakkum A tribal man Raj TV Part of Marmadesam
TV Series (Episode 1)[29]
2001 Ramany vs Ramany Part II Sales person,Census taker, bride groom TV series (Episode 11, 31, 51)[30][31][32]
2001 Guhan Rishi's assistant TV series[33]
also Co-director
2001 Oru Kathavu Thirakirathu Veerappan (Manikkam/Santhapandian/Pazhaniappan) Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal[34]
TV series
2007 Arasi Undercover police officer (Chinna Thambi) Sun TV TV Series
2012 7C Star Vijay TV Series (Special Appearance)
2020 Chithi 2 Himself Sun TV
Films
Year Film Role Language Notes
2001 Parthale Paravasam A back-pain patient Tamil
2004 Neranja Manasu Villager Tamil Cameo appearance
2006 Poi Tamil Cameo appearance
2007 Paruthiveeran Tamil Cameo appearance
2008 Subramaniapuram Kanagu Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Car driver Telugu Cameo appearance
2010 Shikkar Abdullah Malayalam
2010 Easan ACP Sangayya Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)
2012 Masters Malayalam Cameo appearance
2012 Thiruvambadi Thamban Ramu Malayalam
2012 Saattai Dayalan Tamil
2012 Neerparavai Uduman Gani Tamil
2012 The Hit List SP Anapazhakan Malayalam Cameo appearance
2013 D Company Chaukidar Malayalam
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Tamil Guest appearance
2014 Nimirndhu Nil A car driver Tamil Guest appearance
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third Prize)
2014 Velaiyilla Pattathari Raghuvaran's father Tamil Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2014 Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil P. Krishna Pillai Malayalam
2014 Poovarasam Peepee Tamil Guest appearance
2014 Kaadu Nandha Tamil
2015 Sandamarutham Inspector Thirumalai Tamil
2015 The Reporter Parthasarathy Malayalam
2015 Massu Engira Masilamani Radha Krishnan (RK) Tamil
2015 Buddhanin Sirippu Vettri Tamil
2015 Kaaval Inspector Chandrasekar Tamil
2015 Kamaraj Tamil
2015 Adhibar Raja Tamil
2015 Paayum Puli Selvaraj (Selvam) Tamil
2015 Strawberry Aathi Tamil
2015 Pasanga 2 Father Tamil Guest appearance
2016 Tharkappu Iraianbu Tamil
2016 Rajini Murugan "Ezhrai" Mookan Tamil
2016 Visaranai Inspector Muthuvel Tamil National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2016 Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Kumar Tamil
2016 Vetrivel Tamil Cameo appearance
2016 Amma Kanakku Principal Ranganathan Tamil
2016 Appa Dhayalan Tamil
2016 Karinkunnam 6'S Saravanan Malayalam Cameo appearance
2016 Oppam Vasudevan Malayalam Nominated, 19th Asianet film awards for Best actor in a negative role
IIFA Utsavam for performance in a negative role Malayalam
2016 Achamindri Inspector Sathya Tamil
2017 1971: Beyond Borders Malayalam
2017 Thondan Maha Vishnu Tamil
2017 Kootathil Oruthan Sathyamurthy (Sathya) Tamil
2017 Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 Raghuvaran's father Tamil
Telugu
2018 Nimir Vellaiyappan Tamil also dialogue writer
2018 Madura Veeran Rathnavelu Tamil
2018 Yemaali Inspector Aravindh Tamil
2018 Keni
Kinar
Malayalam
Tamil
2018 Kaala Vaaliyappan Tamil
2018 Goli Soda 2 Natesan Tamil
2018 Maniyaar Kudumbam S.Nallavan Tamil Cameo appearance
2018 60 Vayadu Maaniram Ranga Tamil
2018 Aan Devathai Elango Tamil
2018 Vada Chennai Guna Tamil
2019 Peranbu Dr. Dhanapal Tamil Cameo appearance
2019 Pettikadai Tamil
2019 Kolanji Appasamy Tamil
2019 Jackpot Film Director Tamil Special Appearance
2019 Kaappaan Joseph Selvaraj Tamil
2019 Namma Veettu Pillai Chandrabose Tamil
2019 Adutha Saattai Dayalan Tamil also producer
2019 Sillu Karupatti Dhanapal Tamil
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramloo Appala Naidu Telugu
2020 Naadodigal 2 Bus driver Tamil Special appearance; also voice-over
2020 Ettuthikkum Para Ambedkar Tamil
2020 Walter Bala Tamil
2020 Naanga Romba Busy Himself Tamil Cameo appearance
2021 Krack Katari Krishna Telugu
2021 Pulikkuthi Pandi Karumbalai Pandi Tamil
2021 Sangathalaivan Sivalingam Tamil
2021 Aelay Muthukkutty
Sudhakar (Imbuttu Kanji)
Tamil
2021 Vellai Yaanai Tamil
2021 Thalaivi R. M. Veerappan Tamil
Telugu
2021 MGR MaganFilms that have not yet been released Mahesh Tamil Post-production
2021 2 DaysFilms that have not yet been released Malayalam Filming
2021 AakashavaaniFilms that have not yet been released Telugu Filming
2021 RRRFilms that have not yet been released Shiva Telugu Filming
2021 Indian 2Films that have not yet been released Tamil Filming
2021 AndhaganFilms that have not yet been released Tamil Filming
2021 DonFilms that have not yet been released Tamil Filming
2022 Sarkaru Vaari PaataFilms that have not yet been released Telugu Filming
2022 Bheemla NayakFilms that have not yet been released Telugu Filming

Web series[edit]

Year Film Role Platform Language Notes
2021 Live Telecast Deva Disney+ Hotstar Tamil

Dubbing artist[edit]

Year Film For actor
2009 Pasanga Sivakumar
2011 Aadukalam Kishore
2012 Dhoni Murli Sharma
2014 Goli Soda Madhusudhan Rao
2016 Kathakali Madhusudhan Rao

Singer[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Anantharam, Chitra Deepa (21 November 2017). "Hunger makes you stronger: Samuthirakani". Retrieved 12 October 2018 – via www.thehindu.com.
  3. ^ "Exclusive biography of #Samuthirakani and on his life". FilmiBeat.
  4. ^ Shankar, By: Settu (20 July 2009). "Nadodigal to be remade in Telugu". www.filmibeat.com.
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  13. ^ "09-08-03". 15 November 2004. Archived from the original on 15 November 2004.
  14. ^ "08-07-03". 15 April 2005. Archived from the original on 15 April 2005.
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  34. ^ Oru Kadhavu Thirakirathu. YouTube. 2 September 2021.

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