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Directed by Samuthirakani
Produced by S. Michael Rayappan
Written by Samuthirakani
Starring Sasikumar
Vijay Vasanth
Ganja Karuppu
Music by Sundar C Babu
Cinematography S. R. Kathir
Edited by A. L. Ramesh Sound Recordist Rajshekar.k
Distributed by Global Infotainment
Release date
  • 26 June 2009 (2009-06-26)
Running time
165 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 7 crore (equivalent to 13 crore or US$1.7 million in 2017)
Box office 35 crore (equivalent to 63 crore or US$8.7 million in 2017)[1]

Naadodigal (English: 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. The film stars Sasikumar along with Chennai 600028 fame Vijay Vasanth and Kalloori 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.[2][3] budget of film 7 crores gross more than 35 crores and its one huge blockbuster of 2009.


The film revolves around three characters: Karunakaran (Sasikumar), Paandi (Bharani), and Chandran (Vijay Vasanth). The trio eats, sleeps, and parties together in Rajapalayam. They also have their individual ambitions in life. Karunakaran is in love with the daughter of a distant relative, Nallammal (Ananya). He is madly pursuing a government job because Nallamal's father will only agree to the marriage if 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), Karunakaran's childhood friend from the city, arrives in town. The son of a former MP, he is in love with Prabha (Shanthini Devi), the 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 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 scarred in one of his eyes; Paandi is hit on the ear by a log, thereby becoming partially deaf; 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 family members have a fight, resulting in Karunakaran's fiancé being coaxed by her father to give up on him.

The three friends end up being put in jail and getting entangled in a kidnapping case. However, they are released as time goes by. After slowly experiencing hell upon return to their native town, they begin working alongside the local wedding server and eventually begin to adjust to their new lifestyle. One day, Karunakaran's fiancé's wedding is announced, and they are told to serve food there. Karunakaran is shattered, and Pandi goes to the fiancé's house and wreaks havoc with her father, reprimanding the entire family for their betrayal and fake love. Karunakaran rushes to stop him and becomes depressed afterwards. Pavithra's love with Chandran is caught by her parents, for which she is shouted at and hit by them, but Karunakaran stops them and advises them to allow her to marry Chandran since he was unable to marry the girl of his choice. Despite some hesitation, both parents relent, making everyone happy. Pandi has a hearing aid implanted in his ear and can hear again, while Chandran uses a prosthetic leg to be able to walk again, albeit with some support. Life slowly begins looking up for the trio after a very long time, with Karunakaran also letting go of his past love for Nallammaal.

Eventually, the case filed upon the trio is withdrawn, and they find out through Karunakaran's uncle who helped them with the star-crossed lovers they had managed to unite. Such great personal and emotional losses have gone their separate ways, having grown bored of each other. They realize the battle they fought did not serve any purpose. What the trio does to teach the couple a lesson forms the movie climax.


Character map of remakes

Tamil (2009)
Shambo Shiva Shambo
Telugu (2010)
Kannada (2011)
Ithu Nammude Katha
Malayalam (2011)
Bengali (2011)
Hindi (2013)
(Ravi Teja)
(Puneet Rajkumar)
(Asif Ali)
(Rahul Banerjee)
(Jackky Bhagnani)
(Allari Naresh)
(Vijay Verma)
(Vijay Vasanth)
(Siva Balaji)
(Srinagar Kitty)
(Amitosh Nagpal)
Manemma (Karunakar's cousin)
(Radhika Pandit)
(Priyanka Sarkar)
(Priya Anand)
(Nimisha Suresh)
(Pamela Mondal)
(sakhi mohan gokhale)


The film score and soundtrack for Naadodigal was composed by Sundar C Babu. The song Sambho Siva Sambho was later used in the Hindi remake Rangrezz as well, albeit with a little modifications. Another song in Hindi Yaaro Aisa Hai was loosely based on Ulagil Yentha Kathal

Song Title Singers Lyricist
"Aadungada" Velmurugan Kabilan
"Sambho Jagadam" Shankar Mahadevan Yugabharathi
"Ulagil Yentha Kathal" Hariharan Vaali
"Yakka Yakka" Chandran, Senthil Dass, Srilekha Na. Muthukumar
"Sambho Siva Sambho" Shankar Mahadevan Yugabharathi
"Theme Music" Shankar Mahadevan
"Pain of Love" Hariharan


The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[4]

Critical reception

Naadodigal opened to positive reviews. A critic from Sify gave 5/5 and wrote that "Nadodigal is not great cinema, but enjoyable and a welcome change in these hard days. It is eminently watchable." [5] Bhamadevi Ravi of The Times of India rated the movie 3.5/5 and called the movie "a good show." [6] Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff gave the film 3 out of 5, calling "Naadodigal is in its realistic feel, mostly logical screenplay and cast go a long way in making it a worthwhile watch." [7] Aravindan DI from rated the movie 3/5 stating that "The film does carry an appealing message for today's jet-age society - it's shocking yet powerful." Another reviewer Mythily Ramachandran from gave 3 out of 5 and wrote that "Nadodigal entertains and is thought provoking. Told in simple narrative style it is presented most realistically and is a treat for lovers of good cinema." [8] A critic from Top10Cinema wrote that "as a team and a team work, Nadodigal is a definite entertainer." [9]

Box Office

The movie was in the list of 2009 Blockbusters. According to Sify, the movie was considered to be a Super Hit verdict.[10]


Following its success, the film was remade in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, and Hindi. The Kannada version, titled Hudugaru is directed by Maadesh and stars Puneeth Rajkumar, Yogesh, Srinagar Kitty, Radhika Pandit, and Abhinaya. The Telugu version, titled Shambo Shiva Shambo, named after a hit song from the original film, is directed by Samuthirakani himself, and stars Ravi Teja, Allari Naresh, Siva Balaji, Priyamani, Abhinaya, and Sunil. The Malayalam version, titled Ithu Nammude Katha, is directed by Rakesh Kannankara, and stars Asif Ali, Abhishek, Nishan, Ananya, Nimisha Suresh, and Amala Paul.[11] The Bengali version, titled Run, is directed by Swapan Saha, and stars Rahul Banerjee, Arnab, Abhiraj, Priyanka Sarkar, and Pamela Mondal. The Hindi version, titled Rangrezz, is directed by Priyadarshan, and stars Jackky Bhagnani, Vijay Verma, Amitosh Nagpal, Priya Anand, Rajpal Yadav, and Akshara Gowda.


Filmfare Awards South
Vijay Awards
Edison Awards
  • Best Introduced Playback Singer - Velmurugan
Mirchi Music Awards

Mirchi Music Award for Mannin Kural(Male) - Velmurugan


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  7. ^ "Nadodigal is realistic". Rediff. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
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  9. ^ "Nadodigal | Movie Review". Top 10 Cinema. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
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