After making Mynaa in 2010, director Prabhu Solomon hasn’t had any releases in the year 2011. The director, who has made films like Laadam and Lee, takes his own time in finalizing his script, selecting the appropriate actors and actresses and in location suitable places where he wants to shoot his film.
Mynaa was one of the biggest hits in the year and catapulted a little known Amala Paul and debutant Vidharth to star status. The film had some amazing musical numbers too, besides a superbly-scripted plot which was liked by the audience cutting across the rural and urban barriers. Moving ahead, Solomon is about to complete the shooting of his upcoming film Kumki.
It is learnt that Gumki, which marks the debut as hero of Vikram Prabhu (son of actor Prabhu), is about elephants and the mahouts. Solomon, who takes up film-making as a challenge, shot Mynaa in Theni’s forest areas without much help except for a few assistants and a couple of camera-persons. The film ultimately turned out to be one of the highest-grossing films in that year.
Mynaa was remade as Shylu in Kannada and is said to be going great guns all over the State. Popular Kannada hero Ganesh and Malayalam heroine Bhama have played the roles essayed by Vidharth and Amala (respectively) in the Tamil version. Thanks to the film’s success, Bhama is now said to be getting many Tamil film offers as well. Ram, who made actress Anjali’s debut film Katradhu Tamizh, recently called Bhama for ‘screen-testing’ to consider her for his upcoming film.
Solomon denies she considered Bhama to play a role in Kumki. “I haven’t yet watched Shylu and as such, I don’t even know who she is. I’ about to complete Kumki with only 5% of the film’s shoot remaining to be canned. I’m presently concentrating hard on this,” says Solomon.