- Rajinikanth as Kabaleeshwaran
- Radhika Apte as Kumudhavalli
- Winston Chao
- Dinesh Ravi
- John Vijay
- Pa Ranjith : Director
- Kalaipuli S Thanu : Producer
- Santhosh Narayanan : Music Director
- Praveen KL : Editor
- G. Murali : Cinematographer
- V Creation : Production Company
Kabali’, meaning Lord Shiva.Rajinikanth’s will be seen playing the role of a don Kabaleeswaran in stylish look again with a beard and wearing a suit which suits him well in this film while Dhansika will be seen as a daughter in this flick.
The bar has been set high for Rajini, since he has already donated all his assets, built colleges, constructed dams, overthrew a Chief Minister and in general has given up his life for the masses.
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So, in this movie, the setting moves to Malaysia, where tamils are ill-treated and need a Messiah to save them. Enter the Superstar, who, like Nelson Mandela, spends several years in prison for his opposition to racism. When he comes out, he settles down to a regular life (think Baasha’s auto driver), until circumstances force him to become a gangster and rescue his daughter from the enemies. And of course, he becomes the leader of Tamils/Dalits in Malaysia and improves their conditions tremendously.
For a Rajini fan, this will all give him/her goosebumps. Slow motion walks, stylish poses, crisp dialogues are all there, and theatres will explode with applause each time Rajini does his carefully choreographed routine. There are flashback scenes where he looks “youth” that is sure to make his fans feel nostalgic. Director Ranjith has ensured that the larger than life image of Rajini has been preserved. In essence, it feels like a lifetime highlights of various Rajini movie scenes re-enacted.
For a casual cinema goer though, the whole shindig will feel thoroughly artificial and unbearable. The aged star with heavy makeup trying to act as a 30 year old is cringe-worthy. For someone who in real life has shied away from any responsibility, has acted without any consistency in politics, a person who has never stood up to his beliefs (he appreciated Jayalalitha getting out of prison for the case that he railed against her in ’96!), Rajinikanth again doing the act of the mass leader and people’s savior is laughable. The real life Rajini can do no right except to kindle talks about his entry into politics. But movie after movie, he does his act, and it is getting a bit long on the tooth.
Ranjith could have made a better film on the plight of the Malaysian tamils. May be that was his original plan.
The movie though, ends up as yet another commercial vehicle for the Superstar. Ranjith’s Dalit politics take a backseat here. Radhika Apte is apt in her role as is Dhansika. Watch out for a surprise cameo from someone you wouldn’t expect in a Rajini film. Neruppudaa is a surprising ear worm from Santosh Narayanan.
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Only sky is the limit when it comes to the expectations attached with this Rajini starrer. Such craze has never been witnessed for any film in India. We are expecting a good entertainer with a solid punch from Rajinikanth.
Kabali Movie Review: Analysis
As like other South Indian commercial drama, Kabali also has heavy dialogues, heightened background score, and forced songs. The story is larger than life but somehow it does hit the right nerve and you want Kabali to kick the asses of its opponents.
This film isn’t without flaws but isn’t replete with them as crucial ones have been avoided. A bunch of major logic lapses are present in the film but you can prefer to ignore those. Radhika Apte’s character was not built up well. The action sequences are well executed but they lacked originality. The chemistry between the characters is kept smooth however the intellectuals may not get attached to the film emotionally. Basically, the story boils down to only one thing and that is the fact that it is highly larger than life and finding its connect to reality would be a crime.
Kabali Review: Direction, Editing, Music
Ranjith is a talented director and this vehicle has enough to convey that. It was a pompous affair where the story was needless but the magnitude of the film scores. Though the director didn’t insist on improving the script at hand, he did his best in making an opulent film. By design, this film is full of glamour, masala and action. Ranjith captured the thrills well but the art of storytelling is something the director still needs to get a hang of.
The film’s music is spectacular. The Neruppa Da song is going to give you goosebumps as it has been used to introduce Rajini’s character. The film’s cinematography was commendably delivered. But the best part was the action that was sumptuously executed. The magnificence of the action scenes was breathtaking. But leave everything as the film mainly works due to the charm of Rajinikanth. And also brace yourself for a big surprise in the film.
Kabali Movie Review: Star Performances
♦ Rajinikanth is having a blast in the film. He rules the character from the first frame itself. Rajini’s voice truly enthralls the audience when he speaks as Kabali.
♦ The Taiwanese actor Winston Chao was par excellence. He has nailed the character brilliantly. Radhika Apte, in a short but significant role, is perfectly suited for her part.
♦ Rajini’s Charm
♦ Crispy Dialogues
♦ Well executed action
♦ Songs work well especially Neruppa Da
♦ Weak Plot
♦ Predictable Story & Climax
♦ Makeup department
Kabali Review: Last Word
If you like to watch a good vs evil story with full on action and Dhamakedaar dialogues, this is your film. For Rajini’s fans, this one is a treat as the weekend watch.