Direction : M. Muthaiah
Production : Studio Green
Starring : Karthi, Lakshmi Menon, Rajkiran
Music : G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography : Velraj
Editing : Praveen K. L.
Similarities often prevail among the village based rural stories, where every dialogue style, the thick bearded herculean biggies with lungis rolled up. Quite an inevitable factor, we have been witnessing on the screens for the past few years, which needed a remedy. Komban, to a surprise, is a great exception and filmmaker Muthaiah has felt the need to portray everything with precise depiction. One more fallible thing that we’ve been constantly facing with the rural genres is the stereotypical ingredients that have ‘Violence’ alone as the backdrop. The filmmaker inspired by some real life incidents in his very own experience has crafted an emotional drama in ‘Komban’. Starring Karthi, Raj Kiran and Lakshmi Menon in lead roles, the film speaks about the emotional drama happening between the protagonist and his father-in-law.
Set in village backdrops, we see Kombaya Pandian (Karthi) pampered by his mother (Kovai Sarala) is a young angry man who stands up for what are right for his people. The film travels on the course of his marriage with Pazhani (Lakshmi Menon) from the neighbouring village raised with more affection by her father Muthaiya (Raj Kiran). What follows next is a series of emotional issues that tests the relationship of the family members with some gruesome people trying to thwart their happy lives.
As cited above, the peculiar thing about Komban is Muthaiah projecting it in a manner completely different from what we have been seeing in many village based movies. Emotions overtake other commercial ingredients; this naturally gives a clear impression of the best poignant family based movies we or our previous generation had been enthralled about in the 80s. The film’s duration is considerably short and that isn’t accompanied by unwanted action sequences or punch dialogues. It holds intact with a right mix of fun, action, chirpy romance of newlywed couple, prominent characterisations. Much specifically, the relationship between Karthi and Raj Kiran as in-laws has been exquisitely delineated. One cannot dissect the film into first and second halves, for even if you watch it without any intermission, this would keep you seated engrossed throughout the show. The last 30 minutes of the film turns more gripping with dialogues that relentlessly keeps winning our claps. A characterisation gets more substantial with the powerful dialogues and over here; every role has been sketched with such prominence.
Musical score by GV Prakash is appreciable with some songs that keep us hummed up. Not to miss the song ‘Karuppu Nerathazhagi’, that is nicely done. Cinematography by Velraj with unique colours and grading enhances the feel of drama in many places.
Karthi and Village based movie – the combination had arouse the expectations and at the same time turned to be a speculative one for his prowess spell in ‘Paruthiveeran’. Surprisingly, he has exerted the best of his potential efforts in staying apart from that characterisation and stays up under spotlights erasing the past work. His style of dialogue deliveries adds more elegance to his characterisation. Lakshmi Menon is always best in scoring brownie points with village based roles and she showcases a matured performance here. The scene where she stands between her father and husband with justifying dialogues during the second half is cherry-pick to watch out…. Raj Kiran isn’t just an affectionate father here, but flexes his muscles bashing down baddies in action block. Kovai Sarala is a surprise. Super Subbarayan fits the best to his baddie characterisation and adds more intensity to the role of what he is doing. Karunaas is decently portrayed and Thambi Ramaiah has some good portions to perform.
1. Unique work by Muthaiah of balancing emotions with other commercial elements.
2. Strong characterisations
3. Karthi, Raj Kiran and Lakshmi Menon
What doesn’t work?
1. Background score by GV Prakash could have been better.
2. Story is little stereotypical.
Overall, ‘Komban’ holds more uniqueness from what we have been watching over many rural based films. Muthaiah delivers an impactful drama of emotions, family elements, fun and action that will surely impress audiences across multiplex and single screen zones.
Verdict : A sizzling cooler entertainer for summer vacation
Rating : 5.5/10
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