Samuthirakani (born 26 April 1973) is an Indian film actor and director who predominantly works in the Tamil cinema besides appearing in a number of Malayalam and Telugu films. He worked as an assistant to director K Balachander. His 2009 directorial Naadodigal was a runaway hit. He has acted in several films as well and is best known for his performances in Subramaniapuram (2009), Easan (2010) (both directed by M Sasikumar), Saattai (2012) Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014), Oppam (2016) and Krack (2021). He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Visaranai.
|Born||26 April 1973|
|Occupation||Film director, film actor, screenwriter, voice actor|
He did his B.Sc in Mathematics from the Rajapalayam Rajus College and further he even did Bachelor of Law from Ambedkar Law College. He dreamt of becoming an actor. However, people used to tell him that he does not have looks and do not know acting. So he would never become an actor. However, Samuthirakani entered cinema with dreams of making it as an actor.
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.As an actor he worked as a junior artist, in Jannal serial, telecasted in 1998, directed by K.Balachander.
In the early 2000s, Samuthirakani attempted to break into film industry 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 blockbuster success of Naadodigal (2009) that established Samuthirakani as a director. Since then he has directed meaningful and message oriented films such as Poraali (2011), Nimirndhu Nil (2014) and Appa (2016). All these films have been remade in Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
|2003||Unnai Charanadaindhen||Tamil||Won - 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|
|2011||Poraali||Tamil||Won - Vijay Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|2015||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Telugu|
|2017||Aakashamittayee||Malayalam||Co-directed with M. Padmakumar|
|2001||Paasa Paasangugal||Raj TV||Tamil||Part of K. Balachanderin Chinnathirai: Micro Thodargal Macro Sinthanaigal|
|2001||Theadathey Tholainthu Povai||Tamil|
|2001||Addi Ennadi Asattu Pennea||Tamil|
|2001||Kodi Rubai Kealvi||Tamil|
|2001||Anni||Jaya TV||Tamil||Directed along with K. Balachander|
|2003||Sindhu Bhairavi II: Sahana||Tamil||Directed along with K. Balachander and Venkat|
|2003||Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha||Sun TV||Tamil|
|2004||Engirundho Vandhal||Jaya TV||Tamil||Directed along with K. Balachander and Ilakkiyan|
|2005||Idhu Oru Kadal Kadhai||STAR Vijay||Tamil|
|2005||Thangavettai||Sun TV||Tamil||Game Show|
|2010||Alaipayuthey||Jaya TV||Tamil||Directed along with Raja|
|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||Edhuvum Nadakkum||A tribal man||Raj TV||Part of Marmadesam|
TV Series (Episode 1)
|2001||Ramany vs Ramany Part II||Sales person,Census taker, bride groom||TV series (Episode 11, 31, 51)|
|2001||Guhan||Rishi's assistant||TV series|
|2001||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|
|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|
|2010||Easan||ACP Sangayya||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)|
|2012||The Hit List||SP Anapazhakan||Malayalam||Cameo appearance|
|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|
|2015||Massu Engira Masilamani||Radha Krishnan (RK)||Tamil|
|2015||Paayum Puli||Selvaraj (Selvam)||Tamil|
|2015||Pasanga 2||Father||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|
IIFA Utsavam for performance in a negative role Malayalam
|2017||1971: Beyond Borders||Malayalam|
|2017||Kootathil Oruthan||Sathyamurthy (Sathya)||Tamil|
|2017||Velaiilla Pattadhari 2||Raghuvaran's father||Tamil
|2018||Nimir||Vellaiyappan||Tamil||also dialogue writer|
|2018||Goli Soda 2||Natesan||Tamil|
|2018||Maniyaar Kudumbam||S.Nallavan||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|2018||60 Vayadu Maaniram||Ranga||Tamil|
|2019||Peranbu||Dr. Dhanapal||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|2019||Jackpot||Film Director||Tamil||Special Appearance|
|2019||Namma Veettu Pillai||Chandrabose||Tamil|
|2019||Adutha Saattai||Dayalan||Tamil||also producer|
|2020||Ala Vaikunthapurramloo||Appala Naidu||Telugu|
|2020||Naadodigal 2||Bus driver||Tamil||Special appearance; also voice-over|
|2020||Naanga Romba Busy||Himself||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|2021||Pulikkuthi Pandi||Karumbalai Pandi||Tamil|
Sudhakar (Imbuttu Kanji)
|2021||Vellai Yaanai||Vellai Kunju||Tamil|
|2021||Thalaivi||R. M. Veerappan||Tamil
|2022||Sarkaru Vaari Paata||Telugu||Filming|
|2021||Live Telecast||Deva||Disney+ Hotstar||Tamil|
|2014||Goli Soda||Madhusudhan Rao|
|2010||Vamsam||"Suvadu Suvadu"||Taj Noor||Sang along with M Sasikumar and Pandiraj|
|2011||Poraali||"Vidiya Potri"||Sundar C Babu|
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