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 a��80s, the film stars Vishnu and Nandita. a�?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,a�? 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. a�?Ia��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,a�? he says, talking about taking a year off to work on the script and to select his actors. a�?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,a�? he says.
The director calls his movie subtle and says the actors are perfect for their roles. a�?I wanted someone who is funny, but very subtly so. In his earlier movies, Vishnu did comedy but wasna��t in your facea��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,a�? he says. Where did Kumar find his Mundasupatti? a�?We shot in Sakkimangalam, which has houses that are over a A�100 years old,a�? says Kumar who wishes to work with Kamal Haasan one day.
Mundasupatti is scheduled to release on June 13.
a�� Mrinalini Sundar