|Born||26 April 1973|
|Alma mater||Ambedkar Law College|
|Occupation||Film director, actor, screenwriter, voice actor|
Samuthirakani (born 26 April 1973) is an Indian actor and film director who predominantly works in Tamil films and Telugu films besides appearing in a number of Malayalam films. He worked as an assistant to director K Balachander. He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Visaranai.
Samuthirakani was born on 26 April 1973 in Seithur, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu. He did his B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Rajapalayam Rajus College and he also earned a Bachelor of Law from Ambedkar Law College. However, he aimed to become an actor. He has said that people used to tell him that he did not have the physical appearanace or talent necessary to be an actor.
In 1997, he joined as an assistant director under Sundar K. Vijayan. He was then noticed by K. Balachander and was recruited as assistant director for Balachander's 100th film Paarthale Paravasam. He also assisted Balachander in the mega-serial Anni telecasted by Jaya TV. Samuthirakani recalled that the work experience he gained under Balachander helped him in many ways while shooting Arasi and Selvi, the mega-serial telecasted in Sun TV, which were massive hits among housewives. As an actor he worked as a junior artist, in Jannal serial, telecasted in 1998, directed by K.Balachander.
In the early 2000s, Samuthirakani began his career as a director. He notably launched a shelved film titled Uyir Nanbanukku starring Cheran, before making Unnai Charanadaindhen (2003) for S. P. B. Charan.
However, it was the success of Naadodigal (2009) that established Samuthirakani as a director. Since then he has directed films such as Poraali (2011), Nimirndhu Nil (2014) and Appa (2016). All these films have been remade in Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
Samuthirakani, who directed and starred in the original Appa (2016), has directed the Malayalam version Aakashamittayee (2017) along with M. Padmakumar. He also played an important role in Rajinikanth's film Kaala (2018).
Samuthirakani's returned to directing with Naadodigal 2 (2020), a film that takes up the topic of equality. In 2020, he played an antagonist in the Trivikram directorial Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. In 2021, he played the main role in the Telugu film, Aakashavaani. He also directed and acted in the fantasy comedy drama Vinodhaya Sitham. In 2022, he played Sivakarthikeyan's father in the movie Don. He was also seen playing Rajendranath, the antagonist and Keerthy Suresh's father in the Parasuram directorial Sarkaru Vaari Paata.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2001||Parthale Paravasam||A back-pain patient||Tamil|
|2004||Neranja Manasu||Villager||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|2008||Subramaniapuram||Kanagu||Tamil||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil|
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Car driver||Telugu||Cameo appearance|
|Easan||ACP Sangayya||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)|
|The Hitlist||SP Anapazhakan||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|2014||Ninaithathu Yaaro||Himself||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Nimirndhu Nil||A car driver||Tamil||Guest appearance |
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third Prize)
|Velaiyilla Pattathari||Raghuvaran's father||Tamil||Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
|Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil||P. Krishna Pillai||Malayalam|
|Poovarasam Peepee||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Massu Engira Masilamani||Radha Krishnan (RK)||Tamil|
|Paayum Puli||Selvaraj (Selvam)||Tamil|
|Pasanga 2||Father||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Rajini Murugan||"Ezhrai" Mookan||Tamil|
|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
|Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum||Kumar||Tamil|
|Amma Kanakku||Principal Ranganathan||Tamil|
|Karinkunnam 6'S||Saravanan||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|Oppam||Vasudevan||Malayalam||Nominated, 19th Asianet film awards for Best actor in a negative role|
IIFA Utsavam for performance in a negative role Malayalam
|Kootathil Oruthan||Sathyamurthy (Sathya)||Tamil|
|Velaiilla Pattadhari 2||Raghuvaran's father||Tamil|
|2018||Nimir||Vellaiyappan||Tamil||also dialogue writer|
|Goli Soda 2||Natesan||Tamil|
|Maniyaar Kudumbam||S.Nallavan||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|60 Vayadu Maaniram||Ranga||Tamil|
|2019||Peranbu||Dr. Dhanapal||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|Jackpot||Film Director||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Namma Veettu Pillai||Chandrabose||Tamil|
|Adutha Saattai||Dayalan||Tamil||also producer|
|2020||Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo||Appala Naidu||Telugu|
|Naadodigal 2||Bus driver||Tamil||Special appearance; also voice-over|
|Naanga Romba Busy||Himself||Tamil||Cameo appearance; Released on Sun TV|
|Pulikkuthi Pandi||Karumbalai Pandi||Tamil||Released on Sun TV|
Sudhakar (Imbuttu Kanji)
|Tamil||Released on Star Vijay & Netflix|
|Vellai Yaanai||Vellai Kunju||Tamil||Released on Sun TV|
|Devadas Brothers||The writer||Tamil|
|Thalaivi||R. N. Veerappan||Tamil|
|Aakashavaani||Chandram Master||Telugu||Released on SonyLIV|
|Vinodhaya Sitham||Time||Tamil||Released on ZEE5|
|Udanpirappe||Sargunam Vaathiyaar||Tamil||Released on Amazon Prime Video|
|MGR Magan||Agnishwaran||Tamil||Released on Disney+ Hotstar|
|Chithirai Sevvaanam||Muthu Pandi||Tamil||Released on ZEE5|
|2022||Kombu Vatcha Singamda||Eelam fighter||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|Bheemla Nayak||Jeevan Kumar||Telugu|
|Maaran||Palani||Tamil||Released on Disney+ Hotstar|
|Sarkaru Vaari Paata||MP Rajendranath||Telugu|
|Macherla Niyojakavargam||MLA Rajappa||Telugu|
|Simultaneously shot in Telugu as Sir|
|Are You Okay Baby?||TBA||Tamil|
|1998||Sila Nijangal Sila Nyayangal||Reporter||Sun TV
|Part of Jannal|
TV series (episode 7)
|2000||Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu||Smoking guy in theatre||DD Podhigai||TV series (Episode 1)|
|2001||Marmadesam Edhuvum Nadakkum||A tribal man||Raj TV||Part of Marmadesam|
TV Series (Episode 1)
|Ramany vs Ramany Part II||Sales person,Census taker, bride groom||TV series (Episode 11, 31, 51)|
|Guhan||Rishi's assistant||TV series|
|Oru Kathavu Thirakirathu||Veerappan (Manikkam/Santhapandian/Pazhaniappan)||Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal|
|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|
|2021||Live Telecast||Deva||Disney+ Hotstar||Web-series|
|2014||Goli Soda||Madhusudhan Rao|
|2003||Unnai Charanadaindhen||Tamil||Won – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer|
|Naalo||Telugu||Remake of Unnai Charanadainthen|
|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||Won – Vijay Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|2012||Yaare Koogadali||Kannada||Remake of Poraali|
|2015||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Telugu|
|Aakashamittayee||Malayalam||Malayalam remake of Appa,|
Co-directed with M. Padmakumar
|2001||Paasa Paasangugal||Raj TV||Tamil||Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal|
|Theadathey Tholainthu Povai||Tamil|
|Addi Ennadi Asattu Pennea||Tamil|
|Kodi Rubai Kealvi||Tamil|
|Ramani vs Ramani (Part 2)||Raj TV||Tamil||As Sales person in few episodes|
|Anni||Jaya TV||Tamil||Directed along with K. Balachander|
|2004||Engirundho Vandhal||Jaya TV||Tamil||Directed along with K. Balachander and Ilakkiyan|
|2005||Idhu Oru Kadhal Kadhai||STAR Vijay||Tamil|
|Thangavettai||Sun TV||Tamil||Game Show|
|Thenmozhiyal||Kalaignar TV||Tamil||Directed along with K. Balachander|
|2010||Alaipayuthey||Jaya TV||Tamil||Directed along with Raja|
|2010||Vamsam||"Suvadu Suvadu"||Taj Noor||Sang along with M Sasikumar and Pandiraj|
|2011||Poraali||"Vidiya Potri"||Sundar C Babu|
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