Written and directed by: Pa. Ranjith
Produced by: Kalaipuli S. Thanu
Starring: Rajinikanth, Winston Chao, Radhika Apte, Dhanshika, Kishore, Kalaiyarasan, John Vijay, Dinesh Ravi
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: G. Murali
Kabali (Rajinikanth), who has spent 25 years behind the bars, gets released. He was once a most dreaded don in Malaysia. Why he had to go to jail? Who caused him such a miserable fate? What the erstwhile don decides to do now? Can he go back to Malaysia and take revenge? Does he have a bigger cause? What is his connection with the poor labors in Malaysia? What happened to his wife?
Watch the movie to know the answers (we have deliberately avoided detailing the story just to avoid spoilers).
Kabali, in short is a gripping tale of a don and his mission towards the welfare of poor people. He is challenged by a few powerful anti social elements. Despite a severe setback the Don returns with more power and vigor. He takes them on in his inimitable style and emerges triumph against all odds.
Director Pa. Ranjith has taken up a difficult task of making a Rajini film with his own touch as a director. To be fair we must admit that he has almost struck the right balance between the huge stardom of Rajini and his story rooted in people’s plight.
The first half has come out powerful satisfying both Rajini fans and the general audiences. The first scene has the typical Rajini mass element. The way the story unfolds makes the movie enjoyable and gripping. The second half is relatively tame but the last fifteen minutes’ portion makes up for this.
Using the cast effectively is one of the major plus points of the movie. Everyone, including Radhika Apte, Dhanshika, Kishore, Kalaiyarasan, and John Vijay has been given sumptuous role and all of them prove their worth in well crafted characters.
Some of the scenes showing Rajini as a don have real mass appeal as one would expect in Rajini’s movies. The dialogues are powerful. The return of the don would give Goosebumps to Rajini fans.
On the flipside, the movie doesn’t quite satisfy both Rajini fans and the general audience though it strikes a balance between them.
The lagging of script and the lack of interesting twists in the second half dampen the impact upto some extent. The story has much more potential that what has been transpired on screen.
Rajini the star, rocks as always. The way he sits on the sofa, his walking, and challenging the rivals are just treat to watch. Rajini as an actor has impressed too.
His meeting with his wife is one such scene where we get to see the emotional acting prowess of Rajini. The man’s magical charisma hasn’t faded even a bit. In fact it grows with the time just like wine.
Radhika Apte looks amazingly credible in a deglamorised role. She emotes well and handles her role with conviction. Dhanshika’s role is a surprise. The girl makes the most of it.
Kishore, Dinesh and John Vijay have rendered powerful performances to make the movie more interesting.
The movie looks fabulously stunning and thanks to Murali’s camera work. He has captured the beauty and grandness of the city and its landscape. Santhosh Nayaranan’s songs are good while Neruppuda stands out with it mass appeal. The background score adds is exceptional.
Engaging first half and the climax
Acting by Rajini and others
A few mass appealing scenes
Neruppuda song and back ground score
Lagging in the second half
Lacking interesting twists in the second half
Underutilizing the potential of the story
Kabala may not have matched the huge expectations but it is not disappointing either. The mix of mass appeal and seriousness in the story is good if not exceptional.
Kabali: Something to cherish for everyone.