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Samuthirakani at Sandamarudham Audio Launch.jpg
Samuthirakani at the audio launch of Sandamarutham
Born (1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 47)[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 film industry besides appearing in a number of Malayalam and Telugu films.[3] He worked as an assistant to director K Balachander.[4] His 2009 directorial Naadodigal was a runaway hit,[5] 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), Saattai and Oppam. He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Visaranai.[6][7][7]


Samuthirakani studied school in T.N.P.M.M.N.Hr.Sec School and B.Sc.(Mathematics), in Rajapalayam Rajus College, and Bachelor of Law from Ambedkar Law College, Chennai.[citation needed] He 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 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.[8]

And that's bharath 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.

M. Sasikumar's Subramaniapuram (2008) showcased Samuthirakani as an actor with potential and his own Nadodigal (2009) 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 ego-less. The lukewarm response to his début 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.[9] His performance in Vetrimaaran's Visaranai (2016) fetched him the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 63rd National Film Awards.[10]


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
2011 Poraali Tamil 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 [11]
TBA Kitna Tamil
Year Title Language Notes
2001 Adi Ennadi Asathu Penne Tamil [13]
2001 Idho Boopalam Tamil [14]
2003 Anni Tamil TV Serial
2005 Thangavettai Tamil Game Show
2007 Arasi Tamil TV Serial

As Actor[edit]

Year Serial Role Channel Notes
1998 Jannal - Sila Nijangal Sila Nyayangal Reporter Sun TV TV series (episode 7)[15]
2000 Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu Smoking guy in theatre DD Podhigai TV series (Episode 1)[16]
2001 Marmadesam - Edhuvum Nadakkum A tribal man Raj TV TV Series (Episode 1)[17]
2001 Ramany vs Ramany Part II Sales person,Census taker, bride groom TV series (Episode 11, 31, 51)[18][19][20]
2001 Guhan Rishi's assistant TV series[21]
also Co-director
2012 7C Star Vijay TV Serial (Cameo)
2020 Chithi 2 Himself Sun TV
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 Kanugu 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 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
2018 Nimir Vellaiyappan Tamil also dialogue writer
2018 Madura Veeran Rathnavelu Tamil
2018 Yemaali Inspector Aravindh Tamil
2018 Keni
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
2018 Walter Bala 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 Krack Telugu
2020 2 Days Malayalam delayed
2020 Vellai Yaanai Tamil completed
2020 Sanga Thalaivan Tamil Filming
2020 Ka. Pae Ranasingam Tamil filming
2020 RRR Telugu Filming
2021 Indian 2 Tamil Filming

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


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


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  3. ^ "What's in a name?". Chennai, India: The Hindu. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Samuthirakani: My mother may not understand mywork". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  5. ^ "A tale of triumph". The Hindu. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
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  9. ^ Rangarajan, Malathi (26 November 2011). "Rebel with a pause". The Hindu. Chennai, India.
  10. ^ "Tamil film 'Visaranai' is India's official entry for Oscars 2017". The Economic Times. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Samuthirakani and Sasikumar to reunite for Naadodigal 2". 16 January 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Dhansika signs Samuthrakani`s `Kitna`". Sify.
  13. ^ Adi Ennadi Asattu Penne. YouTube.
  14. ^ Idho Boopalam — Tamil Tv Serial. YouTube.
  15. ^
  16. ^ Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu - Episode 1. Youtube.
  17. ^ Edhuvum Nadakkum — Marma Desam — Episode 1. YouTube. 26 February 2013.
  18. ^ Ramani vs Ramani 2 - Episode 11. Youtube. 2 January 2020.
  19. ^ Ramani vs Ramani 2 - Episode 31. Youtube. 2 January 2020.
  20. ^ Ramani vs Ramani 2 - Episode 51. Youtube. 2 January 2020.
  21. ^ Guhan Tamil TV Serial Episode - 8. YouTube. 29 March 2013.

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