The upcoming film Kumki directed by Prabhu Solomon marks the debut as hero of Vikram Prabhu, son of actor Prabhu and grandson of the late and legendary Sivaji Ganesan. The soft-spoken Vikram has Mollywood’s Lakshmi Menon debuting opposite him as heroine in Tamil films. This is Solomon’s latest directorial venture after his super-hit Mynaa which released last year and ran successfully.
Vikram plays a mahout in the film. During the making of the film, Vikram has become a trained mahout that he can now independently bathe an elephant and take care of its needs on his own. Considering Solomon’s penchant for off-beat themes and his knowledge in the nuances of film-making, Kumki has already become one of the most awaited films in recent times.
The film’s climax remains to be shot, it is learnt. The film, which is based on the lives of tuskers and the need to preserve them, has a tinge of romance in its script. The film’ shooting has taken place mostly in thick jungles in and around Kerala. For the lengthy climax sequence, Solomon has erected a huge set amid the dense jungles in Munnar costing as many as Rs.60 lakhs.
Though the set is ready, the crew hasn’t started to shoot. Queried about the delay, Solomon says that as per the script, the set ought to look rugged, old and worn-out. “If the place looks new, it won’t serve the purpose. Had we attempted to create an old, worn-out set, it wouldn’t have had the perfection we are looking for. As such, we are waiting for the erected set to become old and worn-out in a natural way,” says Solomon.