Release date: June 07, 2018
Starring: Rajinikanth, Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Samuthirakani, Eashwari Rao
Director: Pa. Ranjith
Music Director: Santhosh Narayanan
Production Company: Wunderbar Films
Cinematographer: G. Murali Vardhan
Editors: Sreekar Prasad
Super Star Rajinikanth is back again with super form in an exciting movie titled Kaala. The actor plays the role of Karikaalan in the film. Rajinikanth teamed up with the director PA Rajith for the second time for this mass-action entertainer.
A gangster from Tirunelveli, who is the King of Dharavi, fights for keeping the land safe from mighty politicians and the land mafia.
Superstar’s performance is flawless in the movie. Undoubtedly, he is a crowd puller, and it was proved again with this movie. The major highlight of the film is his performance. His stylish body language, charm, dialogue delivery and everything is so perfect.
The introduction scene has been the best. Huma Qureshi has played a decent role in the film. The scenes between Rajini and Huma have come out well. Nana Patekar is a great performer, and he played his part effortlessly. The fight between Rajini and Nana is shown well in the movie. Eshwari Rao, Manikandan, ‘Vathikuchi’ Dileepan, Anjali Patil, Samuthirakani, and others are excellent in their roles.
Background score by Santhosh Narayanan works in bits and pieces, as it helps the proceedings at places, while it is loud and jarring at most parts. None of the songs are appealing even with the visuals that have the Superstar himself in it, barring Nikkal which passes the muster. Murali G’s cinematography is the only lifting feature of the movie, as it captures the essence of Dharavi, presenting the stunningly made sets as if it is real Dharavi. Editing by Sreekar Prasad could have been sharp, as the movie drags pointlessly at numerous places. Director Pa Ranjith, who had started his career well, directing commercially profitable ventures like Madras and Attakathi, later got a huge opportunity to direct Superstar Rajnikanth himself in Kabali.
On the whole, Kaala is a serious revolutionary drama which works in parts. Rajini and Nana Patekar lead from the front and make things interesting for the audience whenever they appear on screen. But the film is a bit slow and takes its own time to enter the main plot. The film will be liked by only a section who likes mature and serious dramas but the others need to go in well prepared to what’s coming in their way. If you are okay with this, then Rajini will make sure that the film ends up on a passable note.