Kamboji or Kambhoji is a 2017 Indian Malayalam-language musical thriller film written and directed by Vinod Mankara. The film stars Vineeth and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy in the lead roles, and Sona Nair and Rachana Narayanankutty in supporting roles. The film’s score and soundtrack was composed by M. Jayachandran.
The story is based on a true incident that took place in Malabar regions in the 1970s. In a small village in Palakkad district of Kerala, Kunjunni (Vineeth), a Kathakali artiste and Uma Antharjanam (Lakshmi), a Mohiniyattam dancer unites and their passion towards their art blossoms into love, but a tragedy strikes in the form of a murder. Principal photography was held in Varikkassery Mana in Palakkad. Kamboji received five Kerala State Film Awards.
The film’s soundtrack album and background score are composed by M. Jayachandran. The lyrics for the songs were written by ONV Kurup, Vinod Mankara and Gopalakrishna Bharathi. The album was released on 5 September 2016 at Hycinth hotel in Trivandrum.
The album marks Jayachandran’s re-collaboration with Vinod Mankara after their successful film Karayilekku Oru Kadal Dooram (2010) for which the former won Kerala State Award for best music director. The film also marks the last works of acclaimed Malayalam poet ONV Kurup before his death. Kurup handed over his written lines to Mankara just three days before his death.
The soundtrack album has nine songs set to tune by Jayachandran and comprises popular singers like K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra, Bombay Jayashree among others who have recorded their voices.