Samuthirakani is an Indian actor and film director who predominantly works in Tamil films besides appearing in a number of Malayalam and Telugu films. He worked as an assistant to director K Balachander. He won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Visaranai. His 2009 film, Naadodigal, was very successful. He has acted in several films as well and is best known for his performances in Subramaniapuram, Easan, Saattai Velaiyilla Pattathari, Oppam and Krack.