A young mahout's love makes his innocent and harmless elephant as Kumki, an Elephant that is trained to attack Wild Elephants
Director Prabhu Solomon made us breathe fresh air with his super hit flick Mynaa. He once again climbs the mountain peaks for Kumki, a film on the magnificent creature that is the Elephant. Does he live up to the promise this time?
Aadhi Kaadu is a tribal village which is terrorized by Komban, a wild elephant, which attacks and kills villagers frequently. The villagers decide to bring in a well trained Kumki elephant. Bomman (Vikram Prabhu), a mahout, and his elephant Manikam, get involved in this situation. Manikam was not trained to be a Kumki but has to act so for two days. Bomman, who is not aware of the dangers of Komban, decides to stay for a while in Aadhi Kaadu for Alli (Lakshmi Menon). What happens to Manikam and the village and whether Bomman's love succeeds or not is the rest of Kumki.
Prabhu Solomon has brilliantly presented an ordinary love story with an extraordinary backdrop. The script and its treatment are extremely refreshing. He greatly sketches the characters, including the two elephants. From the first frame to the last, he makes us stick with the screen, thanks to the wonderful cinematography by Sukumar. The beauty of mother nature is neatly captured. Each and every frame of the film can be used as a wallpaper. The movie feels almost like a 3D film, it's that stunning! The top angle view of Jog Falls is amazing.
Debutant Vikram Prabhu delivers an outstanding performance and his body language is perfect. The sequences presented to showcase the affection between him and his elephant are fascinating. Lakshmi Menon delivers her best as a village girl. Thambi Raamaiah steals the show with his casual, comical performance, sharing equal screen space with the lead roles. Kudos to the Director and crew for capturing great performances not only from the cast but also from the elephants!
D. Imman's BGM is the another major asset. Few songs like Onnum Puriyala, Aiyyaiyo, and Sollittale
are beautiful. On the downsidse, the Editing and CG could have been better. A few stretchy sequences in the second half could have been avoided. Though the plot slightly resembles Avatar, it wisely travels in a different manner.
Kumki showcases the beauty of living with nature and depicts the reality of how far we are from it. Prabhu Solomon also touches on the dangers of deforestation. Kumki is one rocking film that has to be watched in the Cinemas. One heck of a Must Watch!