Naadodigal (Eng: Nomads) is a 2009 Tamil language drama-thriller film written and directed by Samuthirakani and produced by S. Michael Rayappan under banner of Global Infotainment. Naadodigal stars Sasikumar along with Chennai 600028 fame Vijay Vasanth and Kallori fame Bharani in lead roles, with newcomers Ananya, Abhinaya and Malaysia-based Shanthini Deva enacting the lead female roles and Ganja Karuppu playing a pivotal role, providing comical relief.
The plot focuses on a trio who attempt to unite their friend with his lover against the wishes of all families involved, and at heavy cost to themselves, only to realize that the lovers separate after a short while.
Cinematography was handled by S. R. Kathir, songs composed and score by Sundar C Babu, editing done by A. L. Ramesh, stunt co originated by Dhilip Subbarayan, dance choreography Dinesh, produced designed by R. K. Vijay Murugan and lyrics written by Vaali, Na. Muthukumar, Kabilan and Yugabharathi. The film released in June 2009, garnering highly positive reviews.
The film revolves around three characters – Karunakaran (Sasikumar), Paandi (Bharani) and Chandran (Vijay Vasanth). The trio eat, sleep and party together in Rajapalayam. They also have their individual ambitions in life.
Karunakaran is in love with his uncle’s daughter Nallammal (Ananya). He is madly pursuing a government job because his uncle agrees to the marriage if and when he obtains one. Paandi is desperate to go abroad and get rich, while Chandran is committed to start a computer center and is in love with Pavithra (Abhinaya), Karnukaran’s sister.
All goes well until Saravanan (Ranga) enters, a childhood friend of Karunakaran. Son of a former MP (Member of Parliament), he is in love with Prabha (Shanthini Devi), daughter of a bigwig in Namakkal. Shocked by Saravanan’s suicide attempt due to love failure, the trio promises to help him out and unite the two lovers. They set out to Namakkal where they enlist the help of their old friend Maariyappan (Ganja Karuppu).
The trio manages to help the couple get married by abducting the girl while she is visiting a temple with her family. In ensuing fracas between the two families, Karunakaran gets injured while Paandi is hit on the ear by a log, thereby losing his hearing ability, and Chandran loses his leg due to a crush injury by falling under a passing truck. The bride’s father, on realizing who aided his ward escape, sends his goons to attack Karunakaran’s family. It ends with Karunakaran’s grandmother being killed. During the funeral the members of the family have a fight resulting in Karunakaran’s fiancé being coaxed by her father to give up on Karunakaran.
The three friends end up being put in jail and getting entangled in a kidnapping case. However, they are released as time goes by. To their utter dismay they realise that the star-crossed lovers they had managed to unite at such great personal and emotional loss have gone their separate ways having grown bored of each other. They realise that the battle they fought did not serve any purpose.
What the trio then do to teach the couple a lesson forms the movie climax.
Directed by Samuthirakani
Produced by S. Michael Rayappan
Written by Samuthirakani
Starring Sasikumar, Vijay Vasanth, Bharani, Ananya, Abhinaya, Ganja Karuppu
Music by Sundar C Babu
Cinematography S. R. Kathir
Edited by A. L. Ramesh
Production Global Infotainment
Distributed by Global Infotainment
Release date 26 June 2009
Running time 165 minutes