Moodar Koodam (English: Fools Gathering) is a 2013 Tamil neo-noir musical black comedy film written, produced and directed by debutante director Naveen. The film stars the director himself alongside newcomers Sendrayan, Rajaji and Kuberan. Oviya, Anupama Kumar and Jayaprakash play other pivotal roles. The film was produced by director Naveen himself under the "White Shadows Productions" banner with Pandiraj releasing the movie through his Pasanga Productions. The music is by Natarajan Sankaran. This is a remake of a Korean movie "Attack at the Gas station" This film received positive reviews.
The story begins with a chance meeting of four youngsters (Naveen, Sendrayan, Kuberan and Rajaji aka " White " ) in a police station where they are held in connection with a robbery case. Disillutioned with society and their place in it, they plan to rob White's treacherous uncle, who they believe has left for a pilgrimage with his entire family. But instead they find them pretty much at home and get involved in a quagmire involving money lenders, enforcers and the mafia.
Oviya as Karpagavalli "Kapuli"
Naveen as Naveen
Sendrayan as Sendrayan
Rajaji as Vellaichami (White)
Kuberan as Kuberan
Jayaprakash as Bhaktavatsalam
Anupama Kumar as Mandothari
Sindhu Naveen as Farzana
Baskar as Thakali
Sanjeevee as Auto Kumar
Udhayabhanu Maheswaran as Salim Bhai
Sabeesh as Sabeesh
Manasa as Subiksha
Five Star Krishna as Naaikaran
Winco Prakash as Kilavar
Bobby Tejay as Miles
Aadhira as Veetu Velaikkarar
Music was composed by newcomer Natrajan Sankaran. Behindwoods wrote: "Offers difference but short of variety".
ABCD Ungappan - Sricharan, Raginisri, Naveen
Achamillai - SPB Charan
Autokumar - Natarajan Sankaran
Idhu Nalla Naai - Naveen
Kannodu Kangal - Srinivas
Moodar Koodam Theme
Neeyum Bommai - K. J. Yesudas
Nila Odi Va - Subhiksha Rich Ray
Oru Oorula - SPB Charan
Vela Vetti - Naresh Iyer
The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay.
Though the movie was not much advertised, it gained highly positive reviews from the viewers.
Aananda Vikatan, the most popular Tamil magazine, has given a highly positive feedback (50/100). Many things like cast, dialogue etc. were highly appreciated.The review also quoted that black-humour is very rare in Tamil cinema and the director was appreciated specially for his attempt.
Times of India wrote: " With snappy visuals, hyper-kinetic editing, this is a dark comedy influenced by world cinema while still being rooted to local values".
Rediff wrote: "Comedy and satire are beautifully interwoven in Moodar Koodam with excellent support from all the cast. The only negative in the film is the number of characters and incidents incorporated into the film, creating an overdose of everything".
Behindwoods wrote: "As a director, Naveen is able to extract what he wants for his story barring some of the hostage sequences that feel like stage dramas. The film has its best moments when the action moves outside the house, like the several back-stories and the North Chennai episodes".
Baradwaj Rangan writing for The Hindu: "A genuinely scripted comedy, there are moments that are genuinely funny. His next film will be awaited with much interest."
The film won the Best Dialogues award at the 8th Vijay Awards and was nominated in two other categories: Best Debut Director and Best Screenplay.