Mundasupatti (English: Turban village) is a 2014 Indian Tamil comedy movie directed by Ram starring Vishnu and Nandita. Produced by Thirukumaran Entertainments’ C V Kumar in association with Fox Star Studios, it features music by Sean Roldan, editing by Leo John Paul and camerawork by P V Sankar. Based on a short film Ram himself shot in 2011 for the TV show, Naalaya Iyakunar, the film is set in the 80s in a fictional village called Mundasupatti, where people believe bad luck will befall them if they are photographed. The story illustrates what happens when two photographers visit the village. Mundasupatti released on 13 June 2014 to positive critical response.
Ram Kumar had shot about 10 short films for the TV show, Naalaya Iyakunar. When Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (a film developed from a short film) released, he said he was inspired to make his own film. He took a year off to work on the script and to select his actors. He called it a challenge to convert the script for a short film into a full-length one and stated that he had added new characters for the film version.
Vishnu Vishal was cast for the lead role, with the director stating that he wanted “someone who is funny, but very subtly so”. Vishnu, who had till then only played characters that were emotional, for the first time attempted a full-length comedy role, who felt it was “very refreshing” and added that “for the first time, I could relate to my character”. Nandita was signed for the lead female role, and Ram said that he wanted “someone who is dusky” for the role of Kalaivaani, adding that he was impressed by her performance in Attakathi. Kaali Venkat who had been part of the original short film played the assistant to Vishnu’s character. Ramdoss, seen in small roles previously, was given the role of an aspiring actor, a “fantastic role”, according to him, that, he said, gave him “a lot of scope for acting”.
Directed by Ram
Produced by C V Kumar
Screenplay by Ram
Story by Ram
Starring Vishnu, Nandita, Kaali Venkat, Ramdoss
Music by Sean Roldan
Cinematography P V Sankar
Edited by Leo John Paul
Production Thirukumaran Entertainment & Fox Star Studios
Release dates 13 June 2014
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