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‘Manickam was fond of Lakshmi Menon’

DC | Anupama Subramanian | 19th Dec 2012

One of the highlights of the recently released Kumki was its vibrant and exotic cinematography by Sugumar who catapulted to dizzy heights with director Prabhu Solomon’s earlier film Mynaa. Critically acclaimed for its visual splendour, Sugumar is a happy man these days.  Kumki, which is about a mahout (Vikram Prabhu), an elephant (Manickam) and his romance with a tribal girl (Lakshmi Menon), was shot entirely in the virgin rough terrains near Theni.   

Having worked with the elephant for about 55 days Sugumar tells DC that he would call it a ‘wild experience’ to work in a film like Kumki and attributes all credits to Solomon. Disclosing a secret he said, “Manickam really turned musth (wild) towards the end of our filming. Solomon and I were apprehensive of going near him but we still had few more portions to complete. To our surprise whenever Lakshmi Menon went near him, despite his ailment, Manickam would get hyper, raise both his legs and bless her with his tusk. On the other hand, for Jr. Prabhu, he would simply raise one of his legs. Later we found out that tuskers are basically friendly with females,” he shares.

Sugumar is currently busy with three films including Jayam Ravi- Amala Paul film Nimirndhu Nil, the Kannada remake of Porali etc. With Kumki all set to enter Bollywood soon, the lens man would make his mark in B’town as well.

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