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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. 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 at the audio launch of Sandamarutham
|Born||26 April 1973|
|Occupation||Film director, film actor, screenwriter, voice actor|
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. 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.
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. His performance in Vetrimaaran's Visaranai (2016) fetched him the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 63rd National Film Awards.
|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|
|2011||Poraali||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Dialogue Writer|
|2015||Janda Pai Kapiraju||Telugu|
|2017||Aakashamittayee||Malayalam||Co-directed with M. Padmakumar|
|2001||Adi Ennadi Asathu Penne||Tamil|||
|1998||Jannal - Sila Nijangal Sila Nyayangal||Reporter||Sun TV||TV series (episode 7)|
|2000||Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu||Smoking guy in theatre||DD Podhigai||TV series (Episode 1)|
|2001||Marmadesam - Edhuvum Nadakkum||A tribal man||Raj TV||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|
|2012||7C||Star Vijay||TV Serial (Cameo)|
|2020||Chithi 2||Himself||Sun TV|
|2001||Parthale Paravasam||A back-pain patient||Tamil|
|2004||Neranja Manasu||Villager||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||Easan||ACP Sangayya||Tamil||Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Character Artiste (Male)|
|2012||The Hit List||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||Ka. Pae Ranasingam||Tamil||filming|
|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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- Adi Ennadi Asattu Penne. YouTube.
- Idho Boopalam — Tamil Tv Serial. YouTube.
- Kadavulukku Kobam Vanthathu - Episode 1. Youtube.
- Edhuvum Nadakkum — Marma Desam — Episode 1. YouTube. 26 February 2013.
- Ramani vs Ramani 2 - Episode 11. Youtube. 2 January 2020.
- Ramani vs Ramani 2 - Episode 31. Youtube. 2 January 2020.
- Ramani vs Ramani 2 - Episode 51. Youtube. 2 January 2020.
- Guhan Tamil TV Serial Episode - 8. YouTube. 29 March 2013.