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Opera king

Samuthirakani on his film and television journey


What's in a name? Ask director Samuthirakani. He believes his name, a rare one, helped him establish his identity in tinseldom.

Having learnt the tricks of the trade from veteran K. Balachander, whose assistant he was in films such as `Kalki' and `Paarthale Paravasam,' he hit big time with a State award for `Best Story' for his directorial debut `Unnai Charanadianthen'. `Neranja Manasu', his next venture, did not set the cash registers ringing. His next stop was television. "Though I was busy in television, I worked on a story. Now, I am all set to begin the project," he says of his new assignment, to be produced by P.A. Arts and with Cheran in the lead.

He is also to direct a tele-film for Radaan Media Works with Simran as heroine.

Samuthirakani, who shot to fame through the TV serial `Anni,' doesn't forget to point out the role played by Sundar K. Vijayan in his career. "I worked as his assistant for the soap `Unjal'. It taught me the nuances of serial making," he says. Incidentally, it was Samuthirakani, who took over `Selvi' from Sundar K. Vijayan, after the serial had completed almost 350 episodes.

Now busy with `Arasi,' he says the real challenge lies in serials. "It is aired only once and should make an instant impact." The director calls Radhika, Arasi's heroine, a multi-dimensional performer. "The involvement she shows is something youngsters should learn," says Samuthirakani, who also directed the game show `Thanga Vettai' for Radaan.

Samuthirakani has continued his association with the big screen, being a co-director to K. Balachander and Ameer for `Poi' and `Paruthiveeran'. "KB sir is my guru and Ameer is my good friend. I got to learn a lot from them," he says. His aim to is give `Captain' Vijayakanth a super-hit. " I am working on a subject that suits his image, and which will also be commercially successful," he concludes.

G. PRASAD

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