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Samuthirakani
Samuthirakani at the audio launch of Sandamarutham in 2015
Born (1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 51)
Alma materDr. Ambedkar Government Law College
Occupations
  • Actor
  • Film director
Years active1998-present

P. Samuthirakani[1] (pronounced Samudrakhani, born 26 April 1973) is an Indian actor and film director who works predominantly in Tamil films besides appearing in a number of Telugu and Malayalam films. He worked as an assistant to director K. Balachander, in Paarthale Paravasam. He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Visaranai,[2][3] he is also an recipient of a Filmfare Award South and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Early life[edit]

Samuthirakani was born on 26 April 1973 in Seithur, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu.[1][4] He belongs to Tamil family. 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 appearance or talent necessary to be an actor.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1997, he joined as an assistant director under Sundar K. Vijayan.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9]

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 and Kannada.[10][11] He gained appreciation for his acting in Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014) as Dhanush's father and in Visaranai (2016) as a police inspector.[12][13] He worked as an assistant director for K. Balachander in Parthale Paravasam (2001) and Poi (2006) and for Ameer in Paruthiveeran (2007).[14][7]

He also played important role in Rajinikanth's film Kaala (2018).[15]

In 2020, he appeared in Telugu film, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.[16] Samuthirakani's returned to directing with Naadodigal 2, a film that takes up the topic of equality.[17] He played the main role in the Telugu film, Aakashavaani (2021).[18] He also directed two fantasy comedy Vinodhaya Sitham (2021) [19] and Bro (2023).[20]

Filmography[edit]

Tamil films[edit]

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of Samuthirakani film Tamil acting credits
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Parthale Paravasam Back-pain patient Uncredited role
2004 Neranja Manasu Villager Uncredited role
2006 Poi Kamban's friend Uncredited role
2008 Subramaniapuram Kanagu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2010 Easan ACP Sangayya Won—Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)
2012 Saattai Dayalan
Neerparavai Uduman Gani
2014 Ninaithathu Yaaro Himself Guest appearance
Nimirndhu Nil Car driver Won—Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film (Third Prize)
Velaiyilla Pattathari Raghuvaran's father Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Poovarasam Peepee Gani Guest appearance
Kaadu Nandha
2015 Sandamarutham Inspector Thirumalai
Massu Engira Masilamani Radha Krishnan (RK)
Buddhanin Sirippu Vettri
Kaaval Inspector Chandrasekar
Kamaraj Corporation officer
Adhibar Raja
Paayum Puli Selvaraj (Selvam)
Strawberry Aathi
Pasanga 2 Father Guest appearance
2016 Tharkappu Iraianbu
Rajini Murugan "Ezhrai" Mookan
Visaranai Inspector Muthuvel Won—National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Won—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Kumar
Vetrivel Vetrivel's friend Cameo
Amma Kanakku Principal Ranganathan
Appa Dhayalan
Achamindri Inspector Sathya
2017 Thondan Maha Vishnu
Kootathil Oruthan Sathyamurthy (Sathya)
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 Raghuvaran's father
2018 Nimir Vellaiyappan Also dialogue writer
Madura Veeran Rathnavelu
Yemaali Inspector Aravindh
Kaala Vaaliyappan
Goli Soda 2 Natesan
Maniyaar Kudumbam S.Nallavan Cameo
60 Vayadu Maaniram Ranga
Aan Devathai Elango
Vada Chennai Gunaa
2019 Peranbu Dr. Dhanapal Cameo
Pettikadai Physical trainer
Kolanji Appasamy
Jackpot Film Director Special appearance
Kaappaan Joseph Selvaraj
Namma Veettu Pillai Chandrabose
Adutha Saattai Dayalan Also producer
Sillu Karupatti Dhanapal
2020 Naadodigal 2 Bus driver Special appearance; also voice-over
Ettuthikkum Para Ambedkar
Walter Bala
Naanga Romba Busy Himself Cameo; Released on Sun TV
2021 Pulikkuthi Pandi Karumbalai Pandi Released on Sun TV
Sangathalaivan Sivalingam
Aelay Muthukkutty
Sudhakar (Imbuttu Kanji)
Released on Star Vijay & Netflix
Vellai Yaanai Vellai Kunju Released on Sun TV
Devadas Brothers The writer
Thalaivi R. N. Veerappan
Vinodhaya Sitham Time Released on ZEE5
Udanpirappe Sargunam Vaathiyaar Released on Amazon Prime Video
MGR Magan Agnishwaran Released on Disney+ Hotstar
Chithirai Sevvaanam Muthu Pandi Released on ZEE5
Writer Thangaraju
2022 Kombu Vatcha Singamda Eelam fighter Cameo
Maaran Palani Released on Disney+ Hotstar
Don Ganesan
Yaanai Ramachandran
2023 Thunivu Commissioner Dayalan
Naan Kadavul Illai Senthooran
Thalaikoothal Pazhani
Vaathi Thirupathi
Are You Ok Baby? Balachandhran
2024 Mudakkaruthaan
Siren DSP S. Nagalingam IPS
Singappenney Special appearance
Yaavarum Vallavare Krishnan
Rathnam MLA Panneer Selvam
Garudan Inspector E. Muthuvel
Hit List
Indian 2 TBA Filming[21]

Other language films[edit]

List of Samuthirakani film other language acting credits
Year Title Role Language Notes
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Car driver Telugu Cameo
Shikkar Abdullah Malayalam
2012 Masters Protestor Cameo in the song "Suhruthu"
Thiruvambadi Thamban Ramu
The Hitlist SP Anapazhakan Cameo
2013 D Company Chaukidar
2014 Vasanthathinte Kanal Vazhikalil P. Krishna Pillai
2015 The Reporter Parthasarathy
2016 Karinkunnam 6'S Saravanan Cameo
Oppam Vasudevan Nominated—Asianet film award for best actor in a negative role
Won—IIFA Utsavam for performance in a negative role Malayalam
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Appala Naidu Telugu Won—SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role – Telugu
2021 Krack Katari Krishna
Aakashavaani Chandram Master Released on SonyLIV
2022 Macherla Niyojakavargam MLA Rajappa
Bheemla Nayak Jeevan Kumar
RRR Venkateswarulu
Sarkaru Vaari Paata MP Rajendranath
Dongalunnaru Jaagratha Chakravarthi
Godfather ACP Indrajeet IPS
Panchathantram Ramanathan
2023 Sir Tripathi
Dasara Shivanna
Nenu Student Sir Arjun Vasudevan
Vimanam Veerayya Partially reshot in Tamil[22]
Bro Shankaranna Cameo
2024 Hanu-Man Vibhishana
Game Changer TBA Filming
TBA Ramam Raghavam Filming[23]

Television[edit]

List of Samuthirakani television credits as actor
Year Serial Role Network Notes
1998 Sila Nijangal Sila Nyayangal Reporter Sun TV
Raj TV
Part of Jannal
TV series (episode 7)[24]
2000 Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu Smoking guy in theatre DD Podhigai TV series (Episode 1)[25]
2001 Marmadesam Edhuvum Nadakkum A tribal man Raj TV Part of Marmadesam
TV Series (Episode 1)[26]
Ramany vs Ramany Part II Sales person, Census taker, bride groom TV series (Episode 11, 31, 51)[27][28][29]
Guhan Rishi's assistant TV series[30]
also Co-director
Oru Kathavu Thirakirathu Veerappan (Manikkam/Santhapandian/Pazhaniappan) Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal[31]
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
2021 Live Telecast Deva Disney+ Hotstar Web-series

Dubbing artist[edit]

List of Samuthirakani film credits as dubbing artist
Year Film For actor
2009 Pasanga Sivakumar
2011 Aadukalam Kishore
2012 Dhoni Murli Sharma
2014 Goli Soda Madhusudhan Rao
2016 Kathakali Madhusudhan Rao

As director[edit]

Films
List of Samuthirakani film credits as director
Year Film Language Notes
2003 Unnai Charanadaindhen Tamil Won—Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
2004 Neranja Manasu Tamil
Naalo Telugu Remake of Unnai Charanadainthen
2009 Naadodigal Tamil Won—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 Sambho Siva Sambho Telugu Remake of Naadodigal
2011 Poraali Tamil Won—Vijay Award for Best Dialogue Writer
2012 Yaare Koogadali Kannada Remake of Poraali
2014 Nimirndhu Nil Tamil
2015 Janda Pai Kapiraju Telugu
2016 Appa Tamil
2017 Thondan Tamil
Aakashamittayee Malayalam Remake of Appa,
Co-directed with M. Padmakumar
2020 Naadodigal 2 Tamil
2021 Vinodhaya Sitham Tamil
2023 Bro Telugu Remake of Vinodhaya Sitham[32]
Television
List of Samuthirakani television credits as director
Year Title Channel Notes
2001 Paasa Paasangugal Raj TV Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal[33][34][35][36][37][38]
2001 Gunangalum Ranangalum
Idho Boopalam
Theadathey Tholainthu Povai
Addi Ennadi Asattu Pennea
Kodi Rubai Kealvi
Ramani vs Ramani (Part 2) Raj TV As Sales person in few episodes
Anni Jaya TV Directed along with K. Balachander
2004 Engirundho Vandhal Jaya TV Directed along with K. Balachander and Ilakkiyan
2005 Idhu Oru Kadhal Kadhai STAR Vijay
Thangavettai Sun TV Game Show
Selvi
2007 Arasi
Thenmozhiyal Kalaignar TV Directed along with K. Balachander
2010 Alaipayuthey Jaya TV Directed along with Raja

Singer[edit]

List of Samuthirakani film credits as singer
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

Narrator[edit]

References[edit]

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