Following Prabhu and Sarath Kumars lead, popular Tamil director-actor Samuthirakani, is set to make his Malayalam debut. Samuthirakani directed the recent success Naadodigal, which also had a Telugu remakeShambo Shiva Shambo by the director himself. He will be debuting in Malayalam with Mohanlal�s film Shikaar. It is directed by Padmakumar. Apparently, he was recommended by Mohanlal for the role. Mohanlal was impressed by Samuthirakani�s acting in Subramaniapuram and the way he portrayed a villainous politician, thus recommending his name to Padmakumar. Mohanlal�s role in Shikaar is that of a lorry driver named Balaraman, who transports goods between cities in South India. Samuthirakani�s role inShikaar is as important as Mohanlals role. Ananya, who played the female lead in Naadodigal, will be playing Mohanlal�s daughter while Lakshmi Gopalaswamy plays his wife. It has started shooting in Kothamangalam, Idukki, and is slated to be Mohanlal�s big Onam release in September. Samuthirakani has earlier acted in Tamil films like Parthale Paravasam, Paruthi Veeran, Subramaniapuram and did a special appearance in his Telugu film, Shambo Shiva Shambo.