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), and Saattai. He won the National award for best supporting actor in 2016 for his acting in the movie Visaranai.