Komban is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language action drama film directed by M. Muthaiah and produced by Studio Green. The film stars Karthi and Lakshmi Menon in the lead roles, while Rajkiran, Super Subbarayan, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunas, and Kovai Sarala play supporting roles. G. V. Prakash Kumar composed the film's music. It was dubbed in Hindi under the title Daringbaaz 2 in 2017.[2] The film released on 1 April 2015[3] to positive reviews and become a box office success. [4]

Komban
Komban.jpg
Directed byM. Muthaiah
Produced by
Written byM. Karthi
Starring
Music byG. V. Prakash Kumar
CinematographyVelraj
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Production
company
Distributed byDream Factory
Release date
  • 1 April 2015 (2015-04-01)
Running time
136 minutes [1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

Kombiah Pandian aka Komban is a good-hearted but short-tempered man living in a village with his mother Kottaiamma. Komban cannot tolerate injustice in any form and repels against it immediately without fearing about its after effects. He falls in love with Pazhani, the only daughter of Muthiah. Kottaiamma approaches Muthiah with a wedding proposal between their children. Muthiah agrees for the wedding seeing Komban’s kind heart. However, he has a fear that Komban’s short temper would make him land in problems. Komban and Pazhani then get married.

Gundan Ramasamy is a corrupt politician who goes to any extent for power and money. Komban locks horns with Ramasamy, and trouble erupts between them. Muthiah is even more worried, knowing that this would put Komban’s life at risk. One day, Ramasamy kidnaps Pazhani with the plans of bringing Komban to his place, but Muthiah sees this and goes for rescue. In the meantime, a fight ensues, and Muthiah hits at Ramasamy and his men. Now, Ramasamy is even more angered and wants to avenge both Komban and Muthiah.

A temple festival comes during which Muthiah is worshipped as the godman. Ramasamy and his men decide to use the festival to kill Komban and Muthiah. However, Komban retaliates and kills Ramasamy. He also saves Muthiah.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Studio Green announced that their next production would start from June 2014 with M. Muthaiah of Kutti Puli (2013) fame taking charge of the direction[6] and that the film would feature Karthi in a rural based role for the second time following his debut film Paruthiveeran (2007).[7] Yuvan Shankar Raja was initially reported to be composing the film's score and soundtrack,[6] but he was replaced with G. V. Prakash Kumar in July 2014.[8] Velraj handled the film's cinematography.[9][10] Praveen K. L. was selected to be the film's editor.[11] Sri Divya was first reported to be the female lead,[12] but the role went to Lakshmi Menon, who also was the maker's first choice, while Rajkiran was selected to play a pivotal role.[13] Stunt choreographer Super Subbarayan was cast for an antagonistic role.[13] Malayalam actor and former footballer I. M. Vijayan was chosen to portray another villain in the film.[14] Comedian Karunas and character artist Thambi Ramaiah were added to the cast as well.[2]

The team announced that the film would be a start-to-finish affair and the film's shoots would be wrapped up in 70 days' time.[15] Principal photography took place on 18 June 2014.[16] Karthi's father, actor Sivakumar attended the event.[17] Karthi was reported to have grown a handlebar moustache and beard for his character. He also put on weight for the role.[18] Most of the scenes were also shot at Mudukulathur.[19] 50% of the film was completed by early October 2014.[20]

SoundtrackEdit

Komban
Soundtrack album by
Released5 March 2015
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length22:56
Label
  • Green Audio
  • Divo
ProducerG. V. Prakash Kumar
G. V. Prakash Kumar chronology
Rajathanthiram
(2015)
Komban
(2015)
Idhu Enna Maayam
(2015)

G. V. Prakash Kumar composed the soundtrack album and background score for the film, the third time he collaborated with Karthi, after Aayirathil Oruvan (2010) and Saguni (2012).[21] Shreya Ghoshal recorded a song in the film.[22] The lyrics were written by Ra. Thanikodi and Mahalingam.

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kambikara Vetti"Ananthu, VM Mahalingam5:00
2."Appappa"Shreya Ghoshal, G. V. Prakash Kumar5:44
3."Karuppu Nerathazhagi"Velmurugan, Malavika Sundar4:31
4."Mella Valanjadhu"Madhu Balakrishnan4:21
5."Celebration" (Komban Theme)G. V. Prakash Kumar3:20
Total length:22.56

ReleaseEdit

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[23]

CriticismEdit

The movie was heavily criticized by K. Krishnasamy the leader of the dalit party Puthiya Tamilagam and many dalit political leaders for its glorification of caste and was accused of fomenting intercaste violence in the state of Tamilnadu.[24][25]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received Positive reviews from critics.[4]

M. Suganth of The Times of India gave 2.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, "The problem, though, is not the similarity of the characters or predictability of the plot, but the lack of real excitement in most of the scenes…The film hums along, moving from one scene to the next, without really making much of an impact in the viewer".[1] Gautaman Bhaskaran of The Hindustan Times rated 3 out of 5 and wrote, "Komban is an endless roll of flashing knives and gritting teeth…Komban is hardly worth the time or money".[26] Baradwaj Rangan of The Hindu wrote, "Komban: So dull...that's the real controversy".[27] Asokan Nirmalarajah on letterboxd agreed with Rangan's sentiment and rated the film 2.5 stars out of 5, claiming that "a tiring emphasis on fights over a proper care in characterisation and storytelling becomes the undoing of this handsome, if dull production".[28] Filmibeat rated the film 3 stars out of 5, writing, "Packed with all the elements required for a successful commercial entertainer, Komban delivers the goods."[29] Indiaglitz rated the film 3.25 stars out of 5, calling it "a raging bull".[30]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Karthi's 'Komban' - a start-to-finish affair". Behindwoods. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  3. ^ Prakash Upadhyaya. "Komban release date advanced". The International Business Times. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b Prakash Upadhyaya (4 April 2015). "Komban review roundup". The International Business Times. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
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  9. ^ T. Saravanan (31 July 2014). "Cinema cinema!". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  10. ^ Ramachandran, Mythily (16 July 2014). "Dhanush back with 'Velai Illa Pattadhaari'". Gulf News. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
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  12. ^ Subramanian, Anupama (27 May 2014). "Will Sri Divya be cast opposite Karthi in 'Komban'?". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  13. ^ a b Subramanian, Anupama (4 June 2014). "Super Subbarayan turns villain for Karthi in his next". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  14. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/I-M-Vijayan-is-the-villain-in-Komban/articleshow/45910136.cms
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  17. ^ "Sivakumar for 'Komban'". Chennaionline. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  18. ^ Karthik, Janani (25 June 2014). "Karthi sports handlebar moustache for 'Komban". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Karthi to do it in one stretch". Behindwoods. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  20. ^ "Karthi to resume Komban". Behindwoods. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  21. ^ "'Komban' gets his Music director". Indiaglitz. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  22. ^ "GV-Shreya Ghoshal reunite after 4 years". The Times of India. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  23. ^ "Ayudha Pooja 2015 Special Movies and Programs in Tamil Television Channels on October 21, 2015". Southupdates.in. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  24. ^ V.P, Nicy. "'Komban' Controversy: Judges Walk Out of Screening of Karthi Starrer Following Krishnaswamy's Protest". International Business Times, India Edition.
  25. ^ "Caste and Kollywood: Another Tamil movie under fire". m.indiatoday.in.
  26. ^ Gautaman Bhaskaran. "Same old Karthi in a show of sickle". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  27. ^ Baradwaj Rangan. "Film review of Karthi starrer Komban". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
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  29. ^ http://www.filmibeat.com/tamil/reviews/2015/komban-movie-review-an-emotional-family-drama-fabricated-effectively-178644.html
  30. ^ Komban Review

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