Kumki (film)

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Kumki
Kumki film.jpg
Kumki Movie Poster
Directed by Prabu Solomon
Produced by N. Lingusamy
N. Subash Chandra Bose
Written by Prabhu Solomon
Starring Vikram Prabhu
Lakshmi Menon
Music by D. Imman
Cinematography M. Sukumar
Edited by L.V.K. Doss
Production
company
Distributed by Studio Green
Release date
  • 14 December 2012 (2012-12-14)
Running time
148 mins
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 5 crore (equivalent to 6.7 crore or US$980,000 in 2017)
Box office 40 crore (equivalent to 54 crore or US$7.8 million in 2017)

Kumki is a 2012 Tamil musical adventure romantic drama film written and directed by Prabhu Solomon. The film marked the debut of Vikram Prabhu.[1][2] The story revolves around a mahout (portrayed by Vikram) and his trained elephant.[3][4] The film was produced by director N. Lingusamy on his banner Thirupathi Brothers. The filming was launched in July 2011.[5] It was released on December 14, 2012. The film also released in Telugu as Gajaraju.[6] Kumki ran successfully in the cinema halls.[7] The film is a loose adaptation of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai.

Plot[edit]

The film starts with an introduction to the main characters: Bomman (Vikram Prabhu), the protagonist, his pet elephant Manickam, his uncle Kothali (Thambi Ramaiah), and sidekick Undiyal (Ashvin Raja). Bomman spends most of his time with his pet and earns his livelihood by hiring out his elephant for festivals in temples and wedding celebrations. Meanwhile, in a village dominated by old principles, a rogue elephant (Komban) ravages crops and ambushes its people. Frustrated by this and without any help from the forest officers, their leader decides to bring a kumki elephant to tame Komban. Bomman and his crew reach the village as placeholders to stay for a couple of days until the real mahout and kumki elephant arrive (the villagers don't know this). But life begins to change for Bomman when he falls in love with Alli (Lakshmi Menon), the daughter of the village leader. She is at first reluctant keeping in mind the village’s principles but she soon starts to fall for Bomman. Life goes on smoothly, until Komban starts attacking the village. Komban kills Kothali and Undiyal, and injures Bomman. In the ensuing fight between Manickam and Komban, Manickam kills Komban but suffers serious injuries and dies. Bomman then cries out loud, regretting that his love had led to the death of his crew and Manickam. Alli's father then recognizes that Alli and Bomman are in love. The film, then ends abruptly, leaving the fate of Bomman to the viewer's imagination.

Cast[edit]

My son surprised me by his performance in Kumki. I used to call my son during his film shoot and enquire about his performance. “Wait and see daddy,” would be his answer

Prabhu, on Vikram's experience of playing the character of Bomman.[8]

Production[edit]

Jog Falls seen in the song "Sollitale"

In a December 2012 interview to Nikhil Raghavan of The Hindu, Prabhu Solomon felt that the success of his previous film Mynaa was because by producing and directing the film, it helped him have creative freedom and pay more attention to detail. He reailsed that Kumki would be a bigger venture and that he "didn’t want anything to go wrong."[9] At that time, director N. Lingusamy and N. Subash Chandrabose, owners of the production company Thirrupathi Brothers offered to bankroll the film, much to Solomon's delight.[10]

Solomon wanted a new face for the role of Bomman, for which over 60 auditions were held. Vikram Prabhu, who participated in the auditions, was selected.[10] Vikram had earlier worked as an assistant director for films like Sarvam (2009) and Aasal (2010).[11]

The film which was earlier titled as Komban, was shot across the forests of Kerala and Karnataka.[12] The film was shot at athirappalli falls at Munnar.[13] Later, some scenes were shot in Kerala in dense jungles as well as at Jog Falls and on the Orissa border.[11][14] For the climax portion, producers bought two-acres of land to shoot a scene where elephants destroy the land.[15] Solomon shot the film mostly during the day, especially in morning and evening time, to create the right feel for the scenes. Solomon also wished to explore his love of nature through Kumki. The elephant, Manickam, was around 12 feet tall.[9]

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.[16] Release was initially scheduled for Diwali but due to post-production works,[17] it was postponed to December 14, 2012.[18] K. E. Gnanavel Raja's Studio Green has acquired the distribution rights.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

Kumki received critical acclaim.[20] Malathi Rangarajan of The Hindu compared the film's similarities to M. G. Ramachandran's Nalla Neram (1972) and Rajinikanth's Annai Oru Aalayam (1979) in terms of the protagonist's relationship with Elephants. Rangarajan praised the performances of Vikram and Menon, noting that while Vikram "makes an impact with effective underplay", Menon showed "apt expressions"; she found Ramaiah's dialogues to be a bit "contrived" after a certain point of time.[21] Oneindia gave Kumki a 3 out of 5 saying that while the movie is at times "dragging", the subject makes it an "engaging affair although the climax is predictable".[22] Behindwoods also gave the film a 3 out of 5 saying that "Kumki definitely lives up to the hype. It is a beautifully shot movie with good performances and an emotional core".[23]

Box office[edit]

Kumki was made with the budget of 5 crores. The film was a success at the box office.[24] The film grossed 10 crore in 3 days.[25] The film grossed more than 40 crore at the box office.[26] The film got Super Hit status at the box office.[27][28][29]

Sequel[edit]

Prabhu Solomon has confirmed the sequel of this film, titled Kumki 2. This sequel will feature newcomers in load roles as the first part.[30]

Soundtrack[edit]

Kumki
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Front CD Cover
Soundtrack album by D. Imman
Released 26 July 2012 (2012-07-26)
Recorded 2012
Genre Film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music
Producer D. Imman
D. Imman chronology
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(2012)Saattai2012
Kumki
(2012)
Therodum Veedhiyile
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The film's music has been composed by D. Imman, who joined with Prabu Solomon. The audio was launched on July 26, 2012.[31][32][33][34][35] Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Suriya had participated in the function.[36]

Behindwoods wrote: "The Imman - Prabu Solomon combo has come up with another huge winner. There are tasteful melodies spread across the album while one nice foot tapping number is there as well".[37] Indiaglitz wrote: "All the 10 numbers make 'Kumki' a jumbo album".[38]

All lyrics written by Yugabharathi.

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Yella Oorum"Benny Dayal, D. Imman2:42
2."Onnum Puriyala"D. Imman4:19
3."Ayayayoo Aananthamey"Haricharan4:24
4."Sollitaley Ava Kaadhala"K. G. Ranjith, Shreya Ghoshal4:33
5."Soi Soi"Magizhini Manimaaran3:42
6."Nee Yeppo Pulla"Alphons Joseph4:00
7."A Lady and the Violin"Aditi Paul, Karthik4:17
8."Sollitaley Ava Kaadhala (Karaoke Version)"Instrumental4:33
9."Ayayayoo Aananthamey (Karaoke Version)"Instrumental4:24
10."Onnum Puriyala (Karaoke Version)"Instrumental4:19

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony[a] Category Recipient(s) and Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards 16 January 2013 Best Music Director D. Imman Won [39]
[40]
Best Playback Singer – Female Magizhini Manimaaran for "Soi Soi" Won
Best Lyricist Yugabharathi Won
The Chennai Times Film Awards 4 November 2013 Best Music Director D. Imman Nominated [41]
[42]
Best Singer – Male Haricharan for "Ayayayo Aananthamey" Won
Best Singer – Female Magizhini Manimaaran for "Soi Soi" Nominated
Edison Awards 10 February 2013 Best Director Prabhu Solomon Won [43]
Best Music Director D. Imman Won
Best Folk Song "Soi Soi" Won
Filmfare Awards South 20 July 2013 Best Film – Tamil N. Lingusamy, N. Subhash Chandrabose Nominated [44]
[45]
[46]
Best Director – Tamil Prabhu Solomon Nominated
Best Actress – Tamil Lakshmi Menon Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Tamil Thambi Ramaiah Won
Best Music Director – Tamil D. Imman Won
Best Lyricist – Tamil Yugabharathi for "Solitaley" Won
Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil D. Imman for "Onnum Puriyale" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil Shreya Ghoshal for "Solitaley" Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards South 26 August 2013 Song of the Year "Ayayayo Aananthamey" Won [47]
[48]
[49]
"Solitaley" Nominated
Album of the Year D. Imman Won
Male Vocalist of the Year Haricharan for "Ayayayo Aananthamey" Nominated
Music Composer of the Year D. Imman for "A Lady and the Violin" Nominated
D. Imman for "Solitaley" Won
Lyricist of the Year Yugabharathi for "Ayayayo Aananthamey" Nominated
Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year Magizhini Manimaaran for "Soi Soi" Nominated
Mannin Kural Male Vocalist of the Year Alphons Joseph for "Nee Yeppo Pulla" Nominated
Mannin Kural Female Vocalist of the Year Magizhini Manimaaran for "Soi Soi" Won
Song of the Year – Listener's choice "Solitaley" Won
Technical – Sound Mixing of the Year "Yella Oorum" Nominated
Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards 24–28 April 2013 Best Director Prabhu Solomon Won [50]
[51]
Best Actress Lakshmi Menon Won
Best Music Director D. Imman Won
South Indian International Movie Awards 12–13 September 2013 Best Film – Tamil N. Lingusamy, N. Subhash Chandrabose Won [52]
[53]
[54]
Best Director – Tamil Prabhu Solomon Nominated
Best Cinematographer – Tamil Sukumar Won
Best Comedian – Tamil Thambi Ramaiah Won
Best Music Director – Tamil D. Imman Nominated
Best Lyricist – Tamil Yugabharathi for "Solitaley" Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer – Tamil Haricharan for "Ayayayo Aananthamey" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer – Tamil Shreya Ghoshal for "Solitaley" Nominated
Best Dance Choreographer – Tamil Noble for "Ayyayayo Aananthamey" Nominated
Best Male Debutant – Tamil Vikram Prabhu Won
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards 13 July 2017 Special Prize (Best Film) N. Lingusamy, N. Subhash Chandrabose Won [55]
[56]
Special Prize (Best Actor) Vikram Prabhu Won
Best Actress Lakshmi Menon[b] Won
Best Music Director D. Imman Won
Best Male Playback Ranjith for "Solitaley" Won
Best Female Playback Shreya Ghoshal for "Solitaley" Won
Best Cinematographer M. Sukumar Won
Vijay Awards 11 May 2013 Best Director Prabhu Solomon Nominated [57]
Best Debut Actor Vikram Prabhu Won
Best Music Director D. Imman Won
Best Art Director Vairabalan Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Haricharan for "Ayayayo Aananthamey" Nominated
Best Lyricist Yugabharathi for "Solitaley" Nominated
Best Dialogue Prabhu Solomon Nominated
Best Costume Designer Ganesh Nominated
Face of the Year Vikram Prabhu Nominated
Favourite Song "Solitaley" Nominated'

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
  2. ^ Also for Sundarapandian.

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