Samuthirakani

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Samuthirakani
Samuthirakani at Sandamarudham Audio Launch.jpg
Samuthirakani at the audio launch of Sandamarutham in 2015
Born (1973-04-26) 26 April 1973 (age 49)[1]
Alma materAmbedkar Law College
OccupationFilm director, actor, screenwriter, voice actor
Years active1998-present

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.[3] He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Visaranai.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

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.[6]

Career[edit]

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.[7] As an actor he worked as a junior artist, in Jannal serial, telecasted in 1998, directed by K.Balachander.[citation needed]

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, Kannada and Malayalam.[10]

He directed two Telugu films Shambo Shiva Shambo (2010) and Janda Pai Kapiraju (2015), at the 63rd National Film Awards.[11]

Samuthirakani, who directed and starred in the original Appa (2016), has directed the Malayalam version Aakashamittayee (2017) along with M. Padmakumar.[12] He also played an important role in Rajinikanth's film Kaala (2018).[13]

Samuthirakani's returned to directing with Naadodigal 2 (2020), a film that takes up the topic of equality.[14] In 2020, he played an antagonist in the Trivikram directorial Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. In 2021, he played the main role in the Telugu film, Aakashavaani.[15] He also directed and acted in the fantasy comedy drama Vinodhaya Sitham.[16] 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.

Filmography[edit]

Acting roles[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Films
Year Film Role Language Notes
2001 Parthale Paravasam A back-pain patient Tamil
2004 Neranja Manasu Villager Tamil Cameo appearance
2006 Poi Tamil Uncredited role
2007 Paruthiveeran Tamil Uncredited role
2008 Subramaniapuram Kanagu Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Car driver Telugu Cameo appearance
Shikkar Abdullah Malayalam
Easan ACP Sangayya Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)
2012 Masters Malayalam Cameo appearance
Thiruvambadi Thamban Ramu Malayalam
Saattai Dayalan Tamil
Neerparavai Uduman Gani Tamil
The Hitlist SP Anapazhakan Malayalam Cameo appearance
2013 D Company Chaukidar Malayalam
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
Kaadu Nandha Tamil
2015 Sandamarutham Inspector Thirumalai Tamil
The Reporter Parthasarathy Malayalam
Massu Engira Masilamani Radha Krishnan (RK) Tamil
Buddhanin Sirippu Vettri Tamil
Kaaval Inspector Chandrasekar Tamil
Kamaraj Tamil
Adhibar Raja Tamil
Paayum Puli Selvaraj (Selvam) Tamil
Strawberry Aathi Tamil
Pasanga 2 Father Tamil Guest appearance
2016 Tharkappu Iraianbu Tamil
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
Vetrivel Tamil Cameo appearance
Amma Kanakku Principal Ranganathan Tamil
Appa Dhayalan 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
Achamindri Inspector Sathya Tamil
2017 Thondan Maha Vishnu Tamil
Kootathil Oruthan Sathyamurthy (Sathya) Tamil
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 Raghuvaran's father Tamil
2018 Nimir Vellaiyappan Tamil also dialogue writer
Madura Veeran Rathnavelu Tamil
Yemaali Inspector Aravindh Tamil
Kaala Vaaliyappan Tamil
Goli Soda 2 Natesan Tamil
Maniyaar Kudumbam S.Nallavan Tamil Cameo appearance
60 Vayadu Maaniram Ranga Tamil
Aan Devathai Elango Tamil
Vada Chennai Gunaa Tamil
2019 Peranbu Dr. Dhanapal Tamil Cameo appearance
Pettikadai Tamil
Kolanji Appasamy Tamil
Jackpot Film Director Tamil Special appearance
Kaappaan Joseph Selvaraj Tamil
Namma Veettu Pillai Chandrabose Tamil
Adutha Saattai Dayalan Tamil also producer
Sillu Karupatti Dhanapal Tamil
2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Appala Naidu Telugu
Naadodigal 2 Bus driver Tamil Special appearance; also voice-over
Ettuthikkum Para Ambedkar Tamil
Walter Bala Tamil
Naanga Romba Busy Himself Tamil Cameo appearance; Released on Sun TV
2021 Krack Katari Krishna Telugu
Pulikkuthi Pandi Karumbalai Pandi Tamil Released on Sun TV
Sangathalaivan Sivalingam Tamil
Aelay Muthukkutty
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
Writer Thangaraju Tamil
2022 Kombu Vatcha Singamda Eelam fighter Tamil Cameo appearance
Bheemla Nayak Jeevan Kumar Telugu
Maaran Palani Tamil Released on Disney+ Hotstar
RRR Venkateswarulu Telugu
Sarkaru Vaari Paata MP Rajendranath Telugu
Don Ganesan Tamil
Yaanai Ramachandran Tamil [17]
Macherla Niyojakavargam MLA Rajappa Telugu
Dongalunnaru Jaagratha Chakravarthi Telugu
Godfather Raghuram IPS Telugu
Vaathi TBA Tamil
Telugu
Simultaneously shot in Telugu as Sir
Andhagan Not yet released TBA Tamil Post-production
TBA Indian 2 Not yet released TBA Tamil Filming
RC15 Not yet released TBA Telugu Filming
Panchathantram Not yet released TBA Telugu Post-production[18]
Are You Okay Baby? Not yet released TBA Tamil
Television
Year Serial Role Network Notes
1998 Sila Nijangal Sila Nyayangal Reporter Sun TV
Raj TV
Part of Jannal
TV series (episode 7)[19]
2000 Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu Smoking guy in theatre DD Podhigai TV series (Episode 1)[20]
2001 Marmadesam Edhuvum Nadakkum A tribal man Raj TV Part of Marmadesam
TV Series (Episode 1)[21]
Ramany vs Ramany Part II Sales person,Census taker, bride groom TV series (Episode 11, 31, 51)[22][23][24]
Guhan Rishi's assistant TV series[25]
also Co-director
Oru Kathavu Thirakirathu Veerappan (Manikkam/Santhapandian/Pazhaniappan) Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal[26]
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]

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
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 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
2014 Nimirndhu Nil Tamil
2015 Janda Pai Kapiraju Telugu
2016 Appa Tamil
2017 Thondan Tamil
Aakashamittayee Malayalam Malayalam remake of Appa,
Co-directed with M. Padmakumar
2020 Naadodigal 2 Tamil
2021 Vinodhaya Sitham Tamil
Television
Year Title Channel Language Notes
2001 Paasa Paasangugal Raj TV Tamil Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal[27][28][29][30][31][32]
2001 Gunangalum Ranangalum Tamil
Idho Boopalam Tamil
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
Selvi Tamil
2007 Arasi Tamil
Thenmozhiyal Kalaignar TV Tamil Directed along with K. Balachander
2010 Alaipayuthey Jaya TV Tamil Directed along with Raja

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

Narrator[edit]

References[edit]

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