Komban Movie Review
Village movies, especially the ones that were set in the backdrops of Madurai had instantly created a huge buzz with ‘Paruthiveeran’, but what instantly followed next was an incessant arrival of similar themed movies, where the heroes looked thick bearded indulged in extreme violence and bloodshed. Sensing some need for change, director Muthaiah draws our attention by showing up with some difference in his approach to ‘Komban’ in style of screenplay and dialogues.
Komban stars Karthi, Raj Kiran and Lakshmi Menon in lead roles with Kovai Sarala, Karunaas, Marimuthu, Thambi Ramaiah, Super Subbarayan, I.M. Vijayan and Vela Ramamoorthy in important roles.
GV Prakash has composed music and Velraj has handled cinematography, with K.L. Praveen on editing and K. Veerasamar on art. K.E. Gnanavel Raja has produced the film under the banner of Studio Green.
The film is about an emotional drama that happens between Kombaya Pandian (Karthi) and his father-in-law Muthaiya (Raj Kiran). While Komban is very much adhered to the welfare of his people that lands him up in trouble with baddies from the other part of village, the drama is how his personal happy life with his family that includes his wife Pazhani (Lakshmi Menon) and mother Kottaiammal (Kovai Sarala) is disturbed.
Muthaiah who made his debut with ‘Kuttipuli’ had emphasized more stress to the strong characterisation of women symbolically to Goddess in saving the lives of many. It had something so great that we had not seen any such instances before in Tamil cinema. Shifting to his second outing ‘Komban’ that carries pretty good bunch of star-cast and technicians, the filmmaker draws or shapes his each and every character with something appealing to watch out. You’ve a good man Komban and you fall in love with him for his good nature and then, the baddie played by Super Subbarayan, who terrorizes you in many places. Father-in-law Raj Kiran, who wrenches your heart gaining our sympathy and when you start thinking, he is feeble; he surprises you thrashing down bunch of roughnecks who hurt his daughter. Kovai Sarala appears in a much differentiated role to prove something more on the lanes of ‘Aachi Manorama’.
What makes this film so special is that everyone in the star-cast has completely followed the director’s instructions. Be it Karthi or anyone in the frame, we find them completely different from what they had exhibited before. Say for instance, Karthi had done almost everything possible as a village youngster in ‘Paruthiveeran’, but we find it surprising to see that no such similarities here. The first half proceeds with some entertaining elements like fun and action, but the drama gets more emotional during the latter part. Not to miss the bonding revival of Karthi and Raj Kiran during the penultimate scene. The dialogues involving this drama are excellently done.
The stunt sequences more mention for Dhilip Subbarayan does it with more efforts, especially the one in climax.
GV Prakash could have made it more enhanced with his background score, but they slightly turn mediocre. He is outstanding with the song ‘Karuppu Nerathazhagi’, which is beautifully captured by Velraj.
On the whole, ‘Komban’ stands out as a decorous entertainer for the season that doesn’t involve any cold-blooded violence, but proves to be a decent mix of emotions, drama, humour, family sentiments and action.