Director: M Muthaiah
Cast: Karthi, Lakshmi Menon, Rajkiran, Kovai Sarala
Sometimes I wonder how a film like Komban with its violent imagery gets an U/A tag, while movies even vaguely talking about sex are frowned upon by the Central Board of Film Certification. And the banned list of cuss words appears to be getting longer.
Beyond the mindless murder and mayhem in Komban (directed by M Muthaiah of Kutti Puli fame) that turn just about every frame into flaming red, the work has little to offer. The movie (yawn!) takes us back to the Shakespearean era of two feuding families, hamlets in this case. The reason for this animosity--which is really between Komban (played by Karthi) and the villainous patriarch of the adjoining hamlet -- is never very clear.
Although Komban woos and marries Lakshmi (Lakshmi Menon) from the rival community despite the initial hesitation harboured by her father (Rajkiran), the young man, notoriously known for his frayed temper, has problems accepting the old man. At one point, Komban even beats his father-in-law and leaves him bleeding.If the plot is threadbare with the helmer using most of the 136-minute run time in exhibiting sickle fights, fisticuffs and wresting in all their sadistic splendour, Karthi fails to show that he has even a modicum of range. I have seen him in his first work, Paruthiveeran, and I have also seen him in Madras, but there is very little versatility in him.
However, Rajkiran and Menon seem splendid as the father-daughter duo, tortured and helpless in the face of Komban's hotheadedness that gets him into dangerously tricky spots ever so often. There is also a streak of arrogance in him that not just angers his mother (Kovai Sarala), but also humiliates and hurts her.
In this endless roll of flashing knives and gritting teeth, the film tries in vain to lighten the mood with a touch of romance (between Komban and Lakshmi) and a few songs. But for a couple of interesting and hitherto unseen religious rituals (one, when the Rajkiran character goes into the forest at night with a burning stick of fire in an imaginary hunt), Komban is hardly worth the time or money.