Naveen, who worked as assistant director with Chimbu devan and Pandiraj, turns director with Moodar Koodam. Like a loyal disciple, Naveen has ensured that his debut venture is also a lively comic venture and by his own confession, has put in the experience of working in successful films such as Imsai Arasan 23-m Pulikesi, Arai Enn 305-l Kadavul and Pasanga into making Moodar Koodam.
The debutant director has also penned the lyrics in the film which has music by Natarajan Sankaran while Siva is the editor. The film is produced by White Shadow Productions and has Oviya playing the heroine opposite Rajaj. Jayaprakash, Anupama, Sentrayan, Kuberan, ‘Fivestar’ Krishna, Maheswaran and Naveen himself are the other artistes who have essayed prominent characters in the film.
Naveen says that the film is intended to make the audience laugh their hearts out and to put on their thinking caps. The climax song is one of the highlights of the film for which legendary playback singer K.J. Yesudas was approached to re-sing his own Neeyum Bommai Naanum Bommai number he sung in the film Bommai almost 50 years ago in 1963. “Thankfully, Yesudas Sir agreed to our request; we are also grateful to his son Vijay who helped us in this regard,” recalls Naveen.
“This song explains the philosophical character of life in the best possible manner and we are glad that KJY has consented to sing the remix number of his own song. KJY also lauded music director Natarajan’s work in ‘preserving’ the soul of the song while attempting the remix version. After recording the song in just 20 minutes, KJY spent time with us for about 2 hrs, sharing all his rich experience in films. I consider myself as extremely fortunate to have had the luck to listen to him speak in such a humble manner,” concludes Naveen.