Samuthirakani at the audio launch of Sandamarutham
26 April 1973 |
Seithur, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu
|Residence||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Occupation||Film director, film actor, screenwriter, voice actor|
P. Samuthirakani is an Indian film actor and director who predominantly works in the Tamil film industry besides appearing in a number of Malayalam films. He worked as an assistant to director K Balachander. His 2009 directorial Naadodigal was a runaway hit, 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.
Samuthirakani studied B.Sc.(Mathematics), in Rajapalayam Rajus College, and Bachelor of Law from Ambedkar Law College, Chennai.Samuthirakani 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 Iyakkunar Sigaram K Balachander and was roped in as assistant director for his 100th film Parthaale Paravasam. He also got the chance to work as Balachander’s assistant in mega-serial Anni telecasted by Jaya TV. The director recalls that the work experience he gained under his mentor Balachander helped him in many ways while shooting Arasi and Selvi, the mega-serial telecasted in Sun TV, which were massive hits among housewives.
And that's when he started 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.
Subramaniapuram showcased Samuthirakani as an actor with potential and Nadodigal 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. He showed his best performance as an honest policeman in Visaranai movie for which he got Best Character Artist Award from Ananda Vikatan.
|2003||Unnai Charanadaindhen||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer|
|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||Vijay Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|2012||Yaare Koogadali||Kannada||Remake of Poraali|
|2014||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Telugu||Remake of Nimirndhu Nil|
|1998||Marmadesam - Edhuvum Nadakkum||A tribal man||Tamil||Marmadesam TV Series (Episode 1)|
|2001||Ramany vs Ramany Part II||A middle-aged man, Sales person||Tamil||TV series (Episode 51)
|2001||Guhan||An assistant director||Tamil||TV series (Episode 8)
|2001||Parthale Paravasam||A back-pain patient||Tamil|
|2008||Subramaniapuram||Kanugu||Tamil||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil|
|2010||Shambo Shiva Shambo||Telugu||Cameo appearance|
|2012||The Hit List||Malayalam|
|2014||Ninaithathu Yaaro||Himself||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|2014||Nimirndhu Nil||A car driver||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|2014||Velaiyilla Pattathari||Dhanush'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|
|2015||Massu Engira Masilamani||Radha Krishnan (RK)||Tamil|
|2015||Paayum Puli||Selvaraj (Selvam)||Tamil|
|2015||Pasanga 2||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|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||Amma Kanakku||Principal Ranganathan||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
2nd IIFA Utsavam for performance in a negative role Malayalam
|2017||1971: Beyond Borders||Malayalam|
|2017||Velaiilla Pattadhari 2||Raghuvaran's father||Tamil||Filming|
|2001||Ramani Vs Ramani||Tamil||Comedy TV Serial |
|2001||Adi Ennadi Asathu Penne||Tamil|||
|2003||Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha||Tamil||TV Serial|
|2011||7C||Tamil||TV Serial (Cameo)|
|2014||Goli Soda||Madhusudhan Rao|
|2010||Vamsam||"Suvadu Suvad"||Taj Noor||Sang along with M Sasikumar and Pandiraj|
|2011||Poraali||"Vidiya Potri"||Sundar C Babu|
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- Edhuvum Nadakkum — Marma Desam — Episode 1. YouTube. 26 February 2013.
- Ramany vs Ramany Part II Tamil TV Serial Episode - 51. YouTube. 10 July 2012.
- Guhan Tamil TV Serial Episode - 8. YouTube. 29 March 2013.
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- Idho Boopalam - Tamil Tv Serial. YouTube.