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Intro Indian film director
A.K.A. P. Samuthirakani
Is Actor Film director Screenwriter Voice actor
From India
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 26 April 1973, Rajapalayam
Age 48 years
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P Samuthirakani is an Indian film actor and director who predominantely works in the Tamil 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 award for best supporting actor in 2016 for his acting in the movie Visaranai.


Samuthirakani studied B.Com., in Rajapalayam Rajus College.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 a honest policeman in Visaranai movie for which he got Best Character Artist Award from Ananda Vikatan.


As director

Year Film Language Notes
2003 Unnai Charanadaindhen Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Story Writer
2004 Neranja Manasu Tamil
2004 Naalo Telugu
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 Nimirndhu Nil Tamil
2014 Janda Pai Kapiraju Telugu Remake of Nimirndhu Nil
2016 Appa Tamil
2017 Thondan Tamil
2017 Kitna Tamil

As Actor

Year Film Role Language Notes
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)
also Co-director
2001 Parthale Paravasam A back-pain patient Tamil
2006 Poi Tamil Cameo appearance
2007 Paruthiveeran Tamil Cameo appearance
2008 Subramaniapuram Kanugu Tamil Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil
2010 Shambo Shiva Shambo Telugu Cameo appearance
2010 Shikkar Abdullah Malayalam
2010 Easan Sangayya Tamil
2012 Masters Malayalam Cameo appearance
2012 Thiruvambadi Thamban Ramu Malayalam
2012 Saattai Dayalan Tamil
2012 Neerparavai Uduman Gani Tamil
2012 The Hit List Malayalam
2013 D Company Chaukidar 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
2014 Kaadu Nandha Tamil
2015 Sandamarutham Thirumalai Tamil
2015 The Reporter Parthasarathy Malayalam
2015 Massu Engira Masilamani Radha Krishnan (RK) Tamil
2015 Buddhanin Sirippu Vettri Tamil
2015 Kaaval Chandrasekar Tamil
2015 Kamaraj Tamil
2015 Adhibar Raja Tamil
2015 Paayum Puli Selvaraj (Selvam) Tamil
2015 Strawberry Aathi Tamil
2015 Pasanga 2 Tamil Guest appearance
2016 Tharkappu Tamil
2016 Rajini Murugan "Ezhrai" Mookan Tamil
2016 Visaranai Inspector Muthuvel Tamil National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2016 Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum Kumar Tamil
2016 Vetrivel Tamil Cameo appearance
2016 Amma Kanakku Principal Ranganathan Tamil
2016 Appa Dhayalan Tamil
2016 Karinkunnam 6'S Saravanan Malayalam Cameo appearance
2016 Oppam Vasudevan Malayalam
2016 Achamindri Sathya Tamil
2017 Kolanji Tamil Filming
2017 Sattam Tamil Filming
2017 Thondan Tamil Filming
2017 Aan Devathai Tamil Filming
2017 Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 Raghuvaran's father Tamil Filming
2017 Kitna Tamil
2017 1971: Beyond Borders Malayalam Filming


Year Title Language Notes
2001 Ramani Vs Ramani Tamil Comedy TV Serial
2001 Adi Ennadi Asathu Penne Tamil
2001 Idho Boopalam Tamil
2003 Anni Tamil TV Serial
2003 Tharkappu Kalai Theeratha Tamil TV Serial
2005 Thangavettai Tamil Game Show
2007 Arasi Tamil TV Serial
2011 7C Tamil TV Serial (Cameo)

Dubbing artist

Year Film For actor
2011 Aadukalam Kishore
2012 Dhoni Murli Sharma
2014 Goli Soda Madhusudhan Rao
2016 Kathakali Madhusudhan Rao


Year Film Song Composer Notes
2010 Vamsam "Suvadu Suvad" Taj Noor Sang along with M Sasikumar and Pandiraj
2011 Poraali "Vidiya Potri" Sundar C Babu

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