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The love between a mahout and an elephant.



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Cast overview:
Vikram Prabhu ...
Lakshmi Menon ...
Thambi Ramayya ...
Bomman's Uncle
Ashwin Raja
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Bomman (Vikram Prabhu) a mahout and his pet elephant Manickam make a living out of performing in temples and film shootings. He is assisted by his uncle (Thambi Ramaiah) a drunkard and wastrel. Due to certain circumstances, they find themselves in a remote village protecting the villagers from a wild heard of elephants. Bomman knows that Manickam is not a trained Kumki elephant who can take on or stop the attack of the wild elephants. However he does not care as by then he has fallen madly in love with the village chieftain's daughter Alli (Lakshmi Menon). Meanwhile the villagers treat him like their saviour, as the wait begins for the wild elephant on rampage. Written by Karthik

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14 December 2012 (India)  »

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INR 60,000,000 (estimated)

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Music Director D. Imman took 8 months to compose the songs of this film. See more »


Ayayayoo Aananthamey
Written by Yugabharathi
Composed by D. Imman
Performed by Haricharan
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A journey of love .....with a elephant
27 December 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Following the success of Mynaa veteran Director Prabu Solomon comes back with a beautiful story set on the backdrop of the forests of Karnataka, Kerala and proves us once again as a unique nature loving director. The story is not just about the relationship between a mahout and his pet elephant. It unwinds to a very beautiful slow paced, emotional love story with a serious background. This movie takes us through the lives of the farmers in a village named Aadhi kaadu where their threat is a wild elephant named "Komban" which is causing havoc for so many years. So they decide to bring up another elephant to tame the wild one and send that back to the forests. These kinds of elephants are known as "kumki". Bomman (Vikram Prabu) enters with his crew (Kothali and Undiyal) and his beloved showcase elephant Manikam as a replacement take charge of this situation for two days. But he becomes a love stuck mahout when he saw Alli (Lakshmi Menon). So he decides to dare his life and fight against Komban for his love. So did he succeed in this dangerous mission? Is what the rest of the story progressing in a slow pace yet visually enchanting because of the hilly environment and the apt music. Coming to the performances this movie marks the debut for both Vikram Prabhu and Lakshmi Menon (though her first on screen release was Sundarapandiyan). Vikram Prabhu could not have imagined a perfect launch pad than this movie and he has played it well especially his expressions and looks in his eyes when he becomes love stuck with Alli. Lakshmi Menon after her praise for her acting in Sundarapandiyan gives us a brilliant performance as an innocent village girl (it's been buzzed that she is just 15 and doing her class ten!) and delivers us such a matured acting with her cute expressions specially when she accepts Vikram's love. National award winner Thambi Ramaiah as (Kothali) is the one who talks more in the movie than the lead roles and with Undiyal (Ashwin) he creates good humour on screen. The songs and BGM were so apt for the serene and situations of the movie and was brilliantly composed by D.Imman and definitely "Ayyayo anandhame", "Onnum Puriyala" and "sollitaley " are strong contenders for this year's top five songs. Hats off to the cinematographer Sukumar for making us glued to our seats by presenting something so dreamy in front on screen. On the down side I have to say about the VFX of the elephant action scenes where not up to the mark when compared to Life of Pi, Naan E. Could have been definitely better . Get inside for a Parbhu Solomon flavour movie like Mynaa this will also be 'a journey of love on an elephant'. Verdict: To get the full essence of enjoyment watch it only in theatres.

-Reviewed by Sivakumar Balachandran (

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