Kumki (film)

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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
Distributed by Studio Green
Release date
  • 14 December 2012 (2012-12-14)
Running time
148 mins
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 3 crores

Kumki is a 2012 Tamil romantic drama film 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.


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.



Jog Falls seen in the song "Sollitale"

The film which was earlier titled as Komban, was shot across the forests of Kerala and Karnataka.[8] The film was shot at athirappalli falls at Munnar.[9] Later, some scenes were shot in Kerala in dense jungles.[10] For the climax portion, producers bought two-acres of land to shoot a scene where elephants destroy the land.[11]


The satellite rights of the film were sold to STAR Vijay. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.[12] Release was initially scheduled for Diwali but due to post-production works,[13] it was postponed to December 14, 2012.[14] K. E. Gnanavel Raja's Studio Green has acquired the distribution rights.[15]

Critical reception[edit]

Kumki received generally positive reviews from the critics.

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".[16] 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".[17]

Box office[edit]

Kumki was made with the budget of 5 crores. The film was a success at the box office.[18] The film grossed 10 crore in 3 days.[19] The film grossed more than 40 crore at the box office.[20] The film got Super Hit status at the box office.[21][22][23]


Kumki Audio Cover.jpg
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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The film's music has been composed by D. Imman, who joined with Prabu Solomon. The audio was launched on July 26, 2012.[24][25][26][27][28] Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Suriya had participated in the function.[29]

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".[30] Indiaglitz wrote: "All the 10 numbers make 'Kumki' a jumbo album".[31]

All lyrics written by Yugabharathi.

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Yella Oorum" Benny Dayal, D. Imman 2:42
2. "Onnum Puriyala" D. Imman 4:19
3. "Ayayayoo Aananthamey" Haricharan 4:24
4. "Sollitaley Ava Kaadhala" K. G. Ranjith, Shreya Ghoshal 4:33
5. "Soi Soi" Magizhini Manimaaran 3:42
6. "Nee Yeppo Pulla" Alphons Joseph 4:00
7. "A Lady and the Violin" Aditi Paul, Karthik 4:17
8. "Sollitaley Ava Kaadhala (Karaoke Version)" Instrumental 4:33
9. "Ayayayoo Aananthamey (Karaoke Version)" Instrumental 4:24
10. "Onnum Puriyala (Karaoke Version)" Instrumental 4:19


Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2nd South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film N. Subhash Chandra Bose, N. Linguswamy Won
Best Director Prabhu Solomon Nominated
Best Cinematographer Sukumar Won
Best Comedian Thambi Ramaiah Won
Best Music Director D. Imman Nominated
Best Lyricist Yugabharathi for "Sollitaley" Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Haricharan for "Ayyayayo" Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal for "Solittaley" Nominated
Best Dance Choreographer Noble for "Ayyayayo" Nominated
Best Male Debutant Vikram Prabhu Won


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