The project ‘Kaala’ evoked great amount of interest among the die-hard fans of Superstar Rajinikanth and other movie buffs right from the beginning – for, they were sure that this was going to be ‘another’ Rajini film with the star playing to the gallery, with his successfully signature style histrionics.
With Pa Ranjith, who won appreciation from all quarters for his previous Rajni film Kaabali, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Kollywood was waiting to witness an all-new Rajini, nay, in fact, the old Rajini, which many people felt they have been missing in his previous outings (for ex Lingaa)
Once again our very own Thailava Rajni has made a come back with more than enough reasons for his millions of fans to cheer? Let’s find out.
In Mumbai, the people who had migrated from Tamil Nadu are living in the Dharavi slum. An union minister Haridev “Hari Dhadha” Abhayankar (Nana Patekar) previously a gangster who had carried out many attacks in Dharavi, tries to evacuate the people and grab their land. Over the years he has become a minister and plans to clear the area to construct buildings using his construction company in the form of government scheme with the help of his supporter Vishnu Bhai (Sampath Raj). But, Karikaalan aka Kaala (Rajinikanth) the leader of Dharavi opposes it to protect the area and his people. His ex-lover Zareena (Huma Qureshi) returns as a construction executive hoping to improve the living standards of the Dharavi people without knowing the hidden intentions of Hari Dhadha. Hari Dhadha tries to kill Kaala many times and take control of the area, but fails as Kaala prevents all his plans. Inreturn, Hari Dada kills Kaala’s wife Selvi (Easwari Rao) and older son Selvam (Dileepan). Kaala decides to take revenge on him and protect his people.
As Ranjith isn’t a run-of-the-mill director, and is considered as someone whose screenplay and dialogues have hidden meanings, comparisons with his previous films are but in order. In Kaala, one shouldn’t expect the freshness in script and making style which his Kabali and Madras offered. The setting of this film is the expansive Dharavi slum, which has been recreated in Chennai and whose complexity cinematographer Murali often catches with couple of top-angle drone shots that’s used multiple times.
The scene that introduces Kaala’s happy family, Rajinikanth radiates the effortless style of a family head. He will remind you of an average old man, and is yet irresistibly magnetic. He’s a don and yet, is frightened to death of his wife. These small touches are beautiful.
So is the relationship he shares with his wife, Selvi played by Eswari Rao is more impressive and has great simplicity.
The animated flashback sequence where Kaala establishes an old conflict, a battle in which Hari dada(Nana Patekar) had killed Kaala’s father. Hari dada comes back as a stronger nemesis and thinks of Kaala as Raavana, and assures his granddaughter that much as written by Valmiki, he will also have to kill Kaala.
Haridada’s character is well conceived as he plays the character who is totally opposite of Kaala, in standing for ‘purity, his clothes are white, his mansion’s white, its interiors white, including its curtains and furniture. The Chemistry between Rajni and Nana Patekar is a must watch.
For a change, in few instances Kaala didn’t seem to be a Rajni film at all..few action sequences looked unrealistic and Rajni didn’t look that larger in Life he used to look in his previous films. He looked thin and scrawny…picking a fight with 10 people at one go seemed unbelievable. Rajini sir did put his best foot forward is sure to give adrenaline-rush to his fans, and are, in fact, among the things that work in favour of the film, in addition to an emotional scene.
The songs by Santhosh Narayanan are soothing to watch on screen, too
The climax works so beautifully because the only freedom for the oppressed is through unity and through awareness — not by just one leader.
Rajni Kanth is at his best and the make up man and costume designer must be given all the credit. And the spark, spirit and driving force in Rajni Kanth are at his superlative degree and nothing waned even a little with his age.
Huma Qureshi looted the hearts and senses with her spellbound beauty. She is beautiful in traditional attires. Huma beautifully makes her presence felt and makes an impressive debut opposite Rajnikanth.
Our very own Nana Patekar is to be lauded. His image definitely strides up with this film. He is given a typical facial look with projected teeth. His strong presence and traditional Marathi costume aptly suited his body language. ( Few sequences Nana overpowered Rajni)
Anjali Patil , Manikandan, Eswari Rao and others have justified their roles.
Overall, Kaala is a film with grand extravaganza that appeals for mass film lovers, Rajni fans and the ones who are habituated to watch routine masala flicks.
According to me it is the best Rajni film after Enthiran. The result is obvious!
A Must Watch.