Kumki review

Kumki is a Tamil movie directed by Prabu Solomon. The movie marks the debut of Vikram Prabhu.

The story revolves around a mahout (portrayed by Vikram) and his trained kumki elephant, which are used to guide wild elephants back to the forest to minimize the destruction of properties and fields of nearby villages.

The film is being produced by director Lingusamy on his banner Thirupathi Brothers. The filming which was launched in July 2011 and released today December 14, 2012.

Directed by Prabu Solomon
Produced by Lingusamy, Subash Chandra Bose
Story & Screenplay by Prabu Solomon
Star Cast: Vikram Prabhu as Bomman, Lakshmi Menon as Alli, Thambi Ramaiah, Asvin Raja
Music by D. Imman
Cinematography Sukumar
Editing by LVK Doss
Studio Thirupathi Brothers
Distributed by Studio Green
Release date: 14 December 2012

Call him the hugest hero on the silver screen today, urging every hand to give an exploding applause for his long trunks and mischievous throughout the film. Though his presence with the audience seem to last only for a few hours, surely he has become someone very close to the heart… bringing the many smiles on your face like an old friend you have always known in your dreams. Long gone are those days, where the participation of an animal seems to amount as much as the protagonist himself, and ‘Kumki’ indeed rekindles the old memories, swiftly leaving a special one, and of course a film that will be spoken about for years.

A very remote and dangerous village called Aadhi Kaadu is threatened and disturbed every now and then by the wildest of Forest Elephant called Komban. Every year the villagers seem to suffer, either by destruction of houses or by crops and they seem to become even more helpless when the forest officers refuse to help them bring down Komban. To survive and kill the merciless wild elephant, the villagers decide to bring a Kumki, an elephant that is exclusively trained to silence the wild elephants and keep them less harmful and this is where Bomman (Vikram Prabhu) and his innocent, harmless and soft Mannikam ( a temple elephant that has never been exposed to wildness) comes into the picture.

Owing to situations and to favour his business friend, Bomman brings Mannikam to Aadhi Kaadu saying it as Kumki to substitute the original Kumki and plans to leave the village in two days once the original Kumki arrives. In the mean time, Bomman falls in love with Alli (Lakshmi Menon), daughter of the village head. To succeed in his love, Bomman decides to stay in the village longer than he has planned and continues to pretend that Mannikam is a Kumki and that he is a Kumki trainer. Now, does Mannikam ( who is believed to be a Kumki by the entire village) defeats Komban and saves the village and will Bomman and Alli unites in their love is what forming the rest of the climax.

For a newcomer, Vikram Prabhu has given an excellent and flawless performance right from conveying emotions to humor, while Lakshmi Menon perfectly depicts the role of Alli, a silent and homely village girl, who can get funny in every way. Supporting characters played by Thami Ramaiah of ‘Kazhugu’ fame and Ashwin Raja of ‘Boss Engira Baaskaran’ fame indeed scored tremendous applause for their humour quotient as well as their part throughout the film.

The entire film was set in a very natural backdrop, bringing the essence of nature that makes the film much pleasant to watch. Indeed, Prabhu Solomon and D. Imman once again recreated the magic after their superhit ‘Myna’. Some of the best tracks ‘Kumki’ offers are ‘Onnum Puriyala’, ‘Sollitale’ and ‘Ayayyoo’ which not only elicits romance but the visuals are leaving spell bound. Hats off to Sukumar for framing every shot carefully, to make the film talk rather than project. And surely LVK Doss deserves a special mentioning for his precise editing.

Yes, in every way ‘Kumki’ is one among the rarest and finest piece, nevertheless, the climax could have been much more precise to make it much complete. After ‘Myna’, ‘Kumki’ evidently marks the signature of Prabhu Solomon, indeed making him one of the finest directors, making him a gem picked from pins.

Verdict: ‘Kumki’ – an original Prabhu Solomon film.

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  1. A piece of art can break the barriers and hold a position in everyone’s heart forever. Very rarely, filmmakers stick to this ritual as they succumb to the theory differentiating two terms ‘Offbeat’ and ‘Commercial’. An excellent art will diminish the gap between these so-called two terms gaining the favour of everyone.

    Left with speechless words, one would boast Kumki to be one of such best exemplifications. What does it require to take Tamil cinema to next level? Going by Hollywood-fangled flicks of action and technological extravaganzas? Explore the unexplored is the absolute key and Prabhu Solomon touches it with a greater intensity. In the past, we have seen many filmmakers like Ramanarayanan showcasing animal creatures as the central subject, but it’s Prabhu Solomon, who portrays an elephant as a herculean hero.

    Every frame sketched in the film marks the arduous effort of entire team to make a challenging film. Be it technical and narrative aspects, Kumki touch the surpassing graph. It’s evident that Prabhu Solomon had taken quality time over preproduction phase leaving no stone unturned over drawing perfect quotients in screenplay and other elements.

    To make it simpler, as you walk out of theatres, it’s like getting out of a fantasy world, where you spent years with a friend like ‘Kumki’. It’s a crowned theory that animals exhibit unconditional love towards their masters and many Hollywood films have portrayed it elegantly. An epitome of such a colossal film was Richard Gere’s Hachiko that was based on a true story of faithful dog breathing its last outside a railway station awaiting the arrival of its master, who has passed before years. Kumki doesn’t follow the same route, but touches your heart with more mercy towards the heroic elephant.

    Set in backdrops of an isolated village Aadhi Kaadu, the village folks are disturbed by the demonic wild elephant ‘Komban’ as it destroys the houses and farm crops. When their every source of aid fails including the forest department desolating their urge need, they have only option left – to bring in Kumki, the elephants that are usually utilized to tame the wild elephants. Here enters Bomman (Vikram Prabhu), a mahout of a Temple elephant Manickam, which is so harmless and gets scared of wild ox. Bomman tries to help his friend, who fails to bring the original Kumki due to some problems on the spur of moment. Assuring that he can manage with Manickam for couple of days until the original Kumki elephant comes in, the drama begins unaware about the consequences that will see the innocent creature rising with a new avatar to save its master.

    Maybe, the film had the promotional lines of introducing Sivaji Ganesan’s grandson Vikram Prabhu. However, while walking out of the theatres, it’s the Kumki that overshadows everything in spite of the lead actors Vikram Prabhu and Lakshmi Menon exerting the best performances. Much alike Mynaa, the film is laced with humour, adventure and emotions. The scenes involving Vikram Prabhu training the temple elephant to gain some qualities of Kumki is pictured excellently. The elephant doesn’t miss to evoke laughter and finally to let you understand, what faithfulness, love and affection means. Lakshmi Menon as Alli looks cute as an innocent village belle and keeps us engrossing with her performance. National award winner Thambi Ramaiah is one of the greatest assets in this film. His performance in the climax alongside Kumki elephant is awe-inspiring. Ashwin Raja, the young guy, who tickled funny bones with his role as a tutorial student in Boss Engira Baskaran keeps you high on laughter with his comedy tracks. Being the third generation of actor from Legend’s family, Vikram Prabhu has clearly understood the present status of Tamil heroes and has chosen this film. It’s a grand start by the actor and his adeptness in emoting towards different situations is brilliant.

    If Prabhu Solomon’s narration, elephant and lead actors contribute 40% to the finest outputs, the major factors determining the film’s top-notch quality are D Imman’s songs-background score and Sukumar’s cinematography. It’s quite unimaginable how he could get down to the steepest and the highest peak of Rock Mountains and waterfalls.

    Watching Kumki over the big screens is more like an adventurous trip through the exotic locales with four friends that include the elephant. You’ll soon forget your identity as audience and feel like being a part of this drama. You laugh when the characters enjoy and cry when they weep.

    Verdict: Strictly for everyone… Don’t miss to meet a new friend Kumki.

  2. Want to know what Kumki means? means it is a trained elephant that drives away wild elephants that enter villages. After Mynaa, director Prabhu Solomon is out with a engaging romantic story but laced in the background of elephants. Produced by director N Lingusamy and Subash Chandra Bose and presented by Studio Green, Kumki is a trustic tale loaded with emotions.
    Prabhu Solomon’s trusted lieutenants music composer D Iman and cinematographer Sugumar have not let him dowen and they have contributed their might to make it engaging.
    What deserves more attention is that Kumki has Vikram Prabhu (son of actor Prabhu and grandson of Sivaji Ganesan) making his debut. Sundarapandian fame Lakshmi Menon play the female while Thambi Ramaiah, Junior Balaiah, Aswin and Joe Malloori form part of the cast.
    The entire movie is set in a tribal land called Aadhi Kaadu in Tamilnadu – Kerala border. Prabhu Solomon’s fascination for forest continues here too.
    Bomman (Vikram Prabhu) is mahout and spends his life with his pet elephant (Manickam). It is almost like a brother for him.
    At Aadhi Kaadu where the people have their own set of rules and culture, decide not to give up their homes in spite of frequent attacks by a wild elephant that kills women in the field. They decide to bring a kumki to drive the wild one out. Bomman comes with Manickam to Aadhi Kaadu. The villagers think Manickam is the kumki. In contrast, it is more like a pet animal. But Bomman doesn’t disclose the truth for he falls for the village chieftain’s daughter Alli (Lakshmi Menon). The wild elephant enters their field one night, tragedy strikes. Manickam wages a battle and rest is the riveting climax.
    Vikram Prabhu deserves a pat for playing such a bold role in his maiden venture. He utilises the opportunity well to prove that acting is in his genes.
    Lakshmi Menon chips in with with her best. Thambi Ramiah is the scene-stealer and his dialogue delivery is the hallmark of the movie.
    Kumki for all its slow pace makes a worthy watch. It has moments to engage you.

  3. “Kumki” the lovable elephant is finally here to enthrall us all. The movie’s hype has been on the cards ever since its announcement. It marks the debut of the legendary Sivaji Ganesan’s grandson, Vikram Prabhu. Wielding the megaphone again after the 2010 critically acclaimed Myna is Prabu Solomon. National award winner Thambi Ramaiah, Music by D.Imman and Lingusamy’s Production have made Kumki as one of the most anticipated movies of this year.

    Adhi kaadu and surrounding remote villages of Tamilnadu – Kerala border are endangered by the monstrous Komban Elephant, which leaves no hair in destroying the crops, houses and even kills the villagers. Vikram Prabhu plays as Boman the mahout who shares an eternal bond with Manickam, his elephant. Supporting roles by Thambi Ramiah as his Uncle and Ashwin of “BEB” tag along with Boman till the end. Boman returns a favor to his friend and brings his elephant as a substitute to Kumki, to drive away the beast Komban. He falls in love with the Village chief’s daughter and is torn between his love and respect to the village’s 200 year old tradition. Do Boman and Manickam successfully chase away Komban and what happens to Boman’s love… forms the rest of the plot.

    Vikram Prabhu is hard to be taken of as a new comer and has gone through rigorous training. His connection with Manickam is a treat to watch and makes one to wish for a pet elephant. His rookie performance as Boman the mahout is sure to be applauded. On the downside he needs to concentrate more on his emotional performances. Lakshmi Menon as Alli blows the audience with her peasant and enchanted looks. The film rides high on Thambi Ramiah’s rib tickling comedy. He has tried to outride his Myna performance and done that brilliantly with one liners. Ashwin Raja the tutorial student from BEB has contributed well with his humor. Some intelligent casting has helped the director without any acting glitches.

    ‘Onnum Puriyala’, ‘Sollitale’ and ‘Ayayyoo’ is enough to prove Imman’s captivating music. Ranjith and Shreya Goshal’s “Sollitale” is sure to be one of the major caller- tunes for a while. Imman’s Magic never seems to cease when he composes for Prabu Solomon. Kumki is a visual extravagance by Sukumar, whose cinematography is phenomenal. Some of the views of Jog falls are just breathtaking and makes us feel awe-struck. LVK Doss needs a special mention in the Editing Department. Decades back Ramanarayan has taken animal centric movies and now Prabu Solomon’s exquisite narration has showcased “Kumki” as the formidable hero. He has done quality research and this highlights throughout the movie. Prabu’s “Kumki” is Kollywood’s answer to Hollywood, where animal oriented movies are always showcased splendidly. Though the second half makes one to ponder if the screenplay is slightly sluggish, but it recuperates immediately. The Climax gives a sense of unfinished yet a feel of reality to the viewers.

    After watching the movie its certain that, kumki a lovable companion will be missed , and the director has evoked the emotional strings of the audience to a different level. Next time you see an Elephant on the streets, Kumki will surely ring a bell and of course a smile!

    Final Verdict : 2012’s new friend on the block is Kumki

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