Ram Kumar tells us why his directorial debut, Mundasupatti, deserves to be watched
Director Ram Kumar is thrilled about the rave reviews the trailer of his directorial debut, Mundas-upatti, is receiving. A rom-com set in the ’80s, the film stars Vishnu and Nandita. “It is based in a fictional village called Mundasupatti, where people believe bad luck will befall them if they are photographed. The story is about what happens when two photographers visit them,” explains Kumar, who calls the movie a no-holds-barred entertainer. In fact, Kumar initially shot it in 2011 as a short film for the TV show, Naalaya Iyakunar. “I’d made around 10 short films and this was selected. It was the time when Kadhalil Sodhappu-vadhu Yeppadi had released (a film developed from a short film) and it inspired me to make my own movie,” he says, talking about taking a year off to work on the script and to select his actors. “It was a challenge to convert the script for a short film into a full-length one. I worked on it for a while and I also added new characters,” he says.
The director calls his movie subtle and says the actors are perfect for their roles. “I wanted someone who is funny, but very subtly so. In his earlier movies, Vishnu did comedy but wasn’t in your face—which was perfect for the film. Also, Nandita, who plays a village girl called Kalaivaani, is a perfect match. I wanted someone who is dusky, and she had done a phenomenal job in Attakathi,” he says. Where did Kumar find his Mundasupatti? “We shot in Sakkimangalam, which has houses that are over a 100 years old,” says Kumar who wishes to work with Kamal Haasan one day.
Mundasupatti is scheduled to release on June 13.
— Mrinalini Sundar