Cast: Karthi Lakshmi Menon, Rajkiran, Kovai Sarala, Vela Ramamurthi, Thambi Ramaiyah
Direction: M Muthiah
Production: K. E. Gnanavel Raja S. R. Prakashbabu S. R. Prabhu
Music: G. V. Prakash Kumar
Finally, now that all the political/social reasons which threatened the release in theatres of Karthi’s Komban have been taken care of, let’s lay back and see what the film is all about and what caused the pre-release controversies.
Kombaiya Pandiyan AKA Komban (Karthi) is a rural, good-mannered tough guy whose pastime is to bash up unruly elements in his locality who dare disturb the peaceful atmosphere. Not only he goes about his work in this manner, he also encourages others to follow suit.
After marrying Palani (Lakshmi Menon), daughter of Muthiah (Rajkiran), Komban strikes a strange yet affectionate bonding with his father-in-law Muthiah after remaining at odds with him initially.
Komban meanwhile bumps into a threatening person in the neighboring area Gundan Ramasamy (Super Subbarayan), who wants to take control of the entire area that includes the area where Komban lives. Komban with his bold and honest approach holds the power to decide who the leader is. Gundan’s efforts to take control are fizzled by Komban and the ruthless Gundan gets furious. Both lock horns. Gundan has money power and a lot of goons under his control Komban has the support of his area.
Gundan tries to eliminate Komban’s father-in-law to teach a lesson to Komban. He targets Komban as well. The rest of the movie deals with how Komban overcomes Gundan.
Contrary to the controversy which marked the film’s release, there appears nothing nagging in the script; in fact, there is nothing which could even marginally be taken as offending any particular community. In tune with the needs of today’s films, the script is a pacy one which moves at a hectic speed.
The director’s attempts at depicting cultural aspects, inherent with the lifestyles of the community he speaks about, are laudable. The characterization of the lead and other characters are perfect and are in tune with the script. Family sentiment plays a major role in films of these kinds and Komban is no exception.
However, the script misses out in bringing out the nuances of the life style. The story is flat and single dimensional. It reminds us Paruthi Veerran in many places but lacks the dimensions of life which was a major plus point of Paruthi Veerran. That Komban becomes predictable at times doesn’t auger well for the movie.
Karthi lives the character. With the experience of depicting such a rustic character in his first movie Paaruthi Veeran, Karthi reaches another level in handling such characters. Komban gives him to show his softer side in family relationships. The man is charming in romantic sequences and forceful in action sequences.
Lakshmi Menon is a treat to watch. She is soft charming in the initial stage and changes track as the movie goes on. The girl shows the power of a woman who feels humiliated. The fury of a sensitive girl is aptly portrayed by her.
Rajkiran and Kovai Sarala have given emphatic performances. These four actors stand like pillars to the script. Thambi Ramaiah, along with Sarala makes the audiences laugh.
Velraj’s cinematography is excellent. The different color tones used to show the different locations of the rural areas are pleasing. The climax carnival is well picturised. GV Prakash’s music and background music are well done. The song Karupu Nirathalagi stands out. The crisp editing of Praveen KL makes the movie move fast.
Fast paced script
Performances by main characters
Lack of dimensions
Komban has come out as an interesting movie depicting the living and emotions of a particular sect of people. The narrative is flat as it revolves around a single thing without much variation.
Komban: Furious and realistic