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.
Samuthirakani got National Award for Visaranai