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Prabhu Solomon

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Prabhu Solomon
Born (1969-05-07) 7 May 1969 (age 55)
Occupation(s)Director, Producer
Years active1991–present

Prabhu Solomon (born 7 May 1969) is an Indian film director who has primarily worked on Tamil films. After making his directorial debut in 1999 with Kannodu Kanbathellam, he had a middling career before rising to prominence with the success of the romantic tragedy film Mynaa (2010).


Early career: 1991-2009[edit]

Solomon hails from Neyveli in Cuddalore district Tamil Nadu, He was a regular at the town's only cinema hall, which fostered his passion for films. He attended St. Paul's Matriculation Higher Secondary School, after which he completed a master's degree in English literature, before relocating to Chennai. His career in the film industry started in 1991 and for three years, he looked for opportunities to become in involved in ongoing film projects.[2] He first worked as a stunt double for Sarathkumar in Namma Annachi (1994), where he also met director Sundar C, who was working as the associate director of the film. He consequently joined Sundar's film Murai Maman (1995) as an assistant director, before subsequently working with Agathiyan on the award-winning Kadhal Kottai (1996).[2]

Anbalaya Films offered him an opportunity to direct a film for their production house, after he had helped them complete post-production Murai Mappillai (1995) when director Sundar C walked out. Solomon chose to feature Raghuvaran and Bhanupriya in the leading roles, though the producers Anabalaya Films were reluctant to cast a character artiste in the lead role for the film, Kannodu Kanbathellam (1999). Prabhu revealed he met Arjun in Thenkasi during the making of Mudhalvan (1999), at the insistence of his producer and actively tried to make a poor impression. Arjun, nonetheless, was keen and worked on the film.[2] Co-starring Sonali Bendre and Suchindra, the film was released to positive reviews. A romantic thriller featuring Arjun in a different role to his usual action ventures, the film however did well at the box office and became successful at the box office. Similarly his second venture, the Kannada film Usire (2001), a remake of Cheran's Bharathi Kannamma, did not perform as expected commercially.[2] Solomon had wanted Shiva Rajkumar to play the lead role, and he lamented that miscasting Ravichandran in the leading role instead, worked against the viability of the film. Solomon had signed on Vikram to play the lead role in a project shortly after the success of Sethu (1999) and wanted to work on a different script, but the actor insisted that the pair a film from the director's script titled King (2002). Solomon revealed that he was unconvinced about Vikram portraying the lead role, feeling that he was too old to play Nassar's son, but the actor insisted the project went ahead. Delays in the production in the film meant that Vikram's star image had risen and reviewers labelled the film as a disappointment upon release. The director noted that the story was written with the expectation of a small-time actor in the lead role, and hence Vikram's sudden popularity worked against his film. He revealed that his early career in film involved making significant compromises and was strictly against the type of cinema he had actually ventured to make.[2] He made the films Kokki (2006), Lee (2007), and Laadam (2009). Kokki had a successful run, but Lee and Laadam received mixed reviews.

Mynaa and resulting success: 2010-present[edit]

It was with Mynaa that Solomon achieved his first breakthrough, a romance film set against the backdrop of Kurangani Theni district, Tamil Nadu. Mynaa opened to be a critically and commercially successful venture in the box office.[3]

After Mynaa, Solomon assigned his next film Kumki to director N. Lingusamy, which also marks the debut of Vikram Prabhu, the son of actor Prabhu and the grandson of actor Sivaji Ganesan. Like his previous film, Kumki was also a huge success in box office. D. Imman's music and M. Sukumar's cinematography contributed to the film's success.

Following the success of Kumki, Solomon took a break and went on a recce to the coastal South Indian town of Nagapattinam to get inspired for a story set on the backdrop of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. He gathered real-life stories of survival and intertwined them into his script.[4] Subsequently, he launched his next production Kayal with newcomers Chandran and Anandhi in the title roles, and shot for the film for a year. Scenes were shot for several days underwater, with the team often doing up to ten hours a day in knee-length depths of water.[4] The film completed shoot after 85 days in May 2014, with the director announcing that post-production would be extensive as a result of impending VFX works.[5][6] During the music release of the film in November 2014, Solomon revealed more details about the production of the film, noting that the climax was shot first to ensure graphic works depicting the tsunami could have as much time spent on it as possible. He went on to add that it was his costliest production till date and the film was made at a cost of 15 crore, with the special effects, notably the use of 7.1 Atmos mix for the climax, which was particularly expensive.[7][8] Kayal, like Mynaa and Kumki, released to critical acclaim and positive reviews.

In 2016, Solomon released Thodari, starring Dhanush. Good performances and an interesting screenplay with plenty of fun moments made Solomon's a decent attempt.[9] Solomon produced the film Rubaai (2017) under the banner God Pictures. The film was titled as Faisal. After they had wrapped up the first schedule, the film had the title change.[10] In 2021, Solomon directed Kaadan, a film set in a territory familiar to him - revolving around elephants and protecting forests. According to Indiaglitz, Kaadan, for a Tamil film, presents North Indian police officers and has a lot of North sensibilities which make audience feel an instant disconnect as well. All said, Prabhu Solomon's Kaadan has set its intention right and is a noteworthy venture for its important social message, but the film received mixed reviews.[11] His 2022 film Sembi, produced by Trident Arts productions,[12] on the other hand, received highly positive reviews. Touted to be an intense social drama, set against the backdrop for Kodaikanal, Ashwin Kumar Lakshmikanthan plays the lead in the film alongside actors Kovai Sarala and Thambi Ramaiah.[13]


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer Producer
1999 Kannodu Kanbathellam Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil [14]
2001 Usire Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Kannada
2002 King Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2006 Kokki Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil [15]
2007 Lee Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2009 Laadam Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2010 Mynaa Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Film
Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Director - Tamil[16]
2012 Saattai Red XN Red XN Green tickY Tamil
2012 Kumki Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil SIIMA Award for Best Director[17]
2014 Kayal Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2016 Thodari Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2017 Rubaai Red XN Red XN Green tickY Tamil
2021 Kaadan
Haathi Mere Saathi
Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2022 Sembi Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil
2023 Kumki 2 Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Tamil Filming


  1. ^ Friday Cinemaa WebTV, Mentions his wife and children name at 7:17 (17 January 2015). "ADDRESS - MEET THE FAMILY OF FILMMAKER PRABHU SOLOMON". Archived from the original on 15 December 2021 – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e "Prabhu Solomon Interview: The Perfect Wave". Silverscreen. Archived from the original on 23 December 2014.
  3. ^ "I never thought I was making Mynaa any differently". Rediff. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Menon, Vishal (15 November 2014). "The travelling showman". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 April 2018 – via www.thehindu.com.
  5. ^ "Kayal in Post-production". 31 July 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ Staff Reporter (18 September 2014). "Celluloid tribute to tsunami victims". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 April 2018 – via www.thehindu.com.
  7. ^ "Prabhu Solomon opens up on 'Kayal'". Sify. 13 November 2014. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Prabhu Solomon's 'Kayal' to release in Dolby Atmos, launches its music in Chennai". 13 November 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Review: Thodari is a decent attempt".
  10. ^ "Rubaai - Movie Review".
  11. ^ "Kaadan review. Kaadan Tamil movie review, story, rating".
  12. ^ "Kovai Sarala turns serious for Prabu Solomon's road movie". The Timesofindia.com. 19 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Ashwin Kumar teams up with Prabu Solomon for an intense social drama". Timesofindia.com. 18 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Kannodu Kanbathellam (1999) Tamil Movie CD-Rip 320KBPS MP3 Songs Music By Deva - StarMusiQ.Com". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Kokki - TamilTunes.com - Download Tamil Songs". 6 December 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Mynaa Cast & Crew, Mynaa Tamil Movie Cast, Actor, Actress, Director - Filmibeat". FilmiBeat. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Kumki (Tamil) Photos, Pics, Kumki (Tamil) Wallpapers, Videos, News, Movies, Songs, Images". In.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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