Cast: Karthi, Lakshmi Menon, Raj Kiran, Kovai Sarala
Rating: 3 stars
Karthi's Komban is a movie mired in fire and brimstone rhetoric up until its eventual release.
Directed by Muthaiah, the film did a good job while exposing opportunistic politicians with ugly delusions. Delusional in the sense as to correlate communal violence to the contents of a piece of art! And this is probably before they've even viewed the said film.
The forces of censorship have spread its vicious roots in K-town, and Komban has been a grave warning to those who prefer free expression. Keep that premise in mind before viewing the film.
In Komban, Kombaya Pandian (Karthi) seems to have donned the role of a moral crusader: apparently, a butcher who doesn't smoke, booze, or do karaoke is somehow more virtuous than others.
While it is true that he is honest and respectful, something about him exudes an air of superiority. Komban falls in love with Pazhani (Lakshmi Menon.) There's a catch though: Komban doesn't seem to like her father, Muthaiah (Raj Kiran), even if the father might find the marriage to be agreeable enough. On the other hand, murderers are out for blood and want a piece of both Komban and Muthaiah. The eventual climax and ending seemed anti-climactic; the details for which you'd want to watch the film yourself.
Karthi does a pretty good job with his amazing screen presence in spearheading the film. He has the looks and feels demanded by his character of high moral standing. Veteran Raj Kiran as the dad has usual scores and Lakshmi Menon as the lover got rather tedious at times.
Kovai Sarala and Karunas do their part well. Thambi Ramaiah as Komban’s uncle Rajakili is adequate. Ace stunt master Super Subbarayan makes his debut as a villain in this film.
Cinematography by Velraj had the scenic location of Ramanathapuram ready to capture itself, and music by GV Prakash was interesting enough. Too much of blood and gore makes one cringe.