After Mynaa, it's Kumki for Prabhu Solomon
Prabhu Solomon has titled his next film Kumki, which means training elephants, and the film is about the friendship between an elephant and a mahout. There is also a story of young love intertwined in the plot.Prabhu Solomon said the film was a tribute to elephants as 2011 happens to be the year of the elephant. "Every day you read in the papers that elephants enter villages. It set me thinking: why do they leave their homes and enter man's territory? It is only because man has encroached into their homes. Their routes are destroyed by deforestation. We are actually a problem to the animals and not vice versa."
Image: Prabhu Solomon
Prabhu's son Vikram Prabhu to make his debut in Kumki
Sivaji Ganesan's grandson and Prabhu's son, Vikram Prabhu is the mahout in the film. Vikram has studied film technology at the New York Film Academy in the US.
On selecting him as the hero, Prabu Solomon said, "I searched for my hero for almost six months. I happened to see his photo unexpectedly and I felt he fit the role perfectly. He will grow a beard to look like a mahout. He has been training in gymnastics and also went to Ottappalam to be trained as a mahout. In the film, he will be with an elephant most of the time."
Image: Vikram Prabhu
UTV Motion Pictures to produce Kumki
UTV Motion Pictures announced a three film deal with Lingusamy who has directed Aanandham, Run, Sandakozhi, Bheema and Paiyya. UTV will co-produce, market and distribute three films - Vettai, Vazhakku Enn 18/9 and Kumki, in association with Thirupathy Brothers Film Media.
The first movie, Vazhakku Enn 18/9, is written and directed by Balaji Sakthivel who made sensitive films like Kadhal and Kalloori. It will be released in September 2011.
Next is the action packed entertainer Vettai, releasing in November 2011. Directed by Lingusamy himself, the film stars Madhavan, Arya, Sameera Reddy, Ashutosh Rana and Amala Paul. Yuvan Shankar Raja composes the music and Nirav Shah is the director of photography.By January/February 2012, Prabu Solomon's Kumki will be ready. With this, UTV Motion Pictures will have six releases lined up in Tamil, beginning with Deivathirumagal releasing on July 15, followed by Cheran and Prasanna starrer Muran, three films with the Thirupathy Brothers and finally Mysskin's Mugamoodi starring Jiiva, to be released in April/May 2012.