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« on: June 07, 2018, 09:38:58 PM »
Kaala Review

Star Cast : Rajinikanth, Nana Patekar, Eshwari Rao, Huma Qureshi
Director : Pa Ranjith

There is nothing original,  surprising or remotely unpredictable in Kaala.  The film is filled with plethora of social messages and political propaganda to set the grand stage for Rajinikanth’s political entry.

Kaala (Rajinikanth) is the leader for people in Dharavi, Mumbai. They trust, love and are eager to obey his every command. Kaala is the most influential personality in Dharavi and decides who should win in the election. He has a beautiful family comprising his innocent wife Selvi (Eshwari Rao), four sons and grandchildren. Kaala has a subtle nostalgic romantic angle with his ex-lover Zareena (Huma Qureshi). His life goes well till the arrival of a selfish politician Hari (Nana Patekar) who wants to grab Dharavi in the name of purifying the slums. The rest of the film is all about the battle between the black yet honest Kaala and white yet evil Hari.

The first half of Kaala works mainly because of the strong characterization of Rajinikanth along with his powerful performance and screen presence. Superstar looks aged but owns the screen and his energy level is unparallel at the age of 67! The way Ranjith projects Kaala's relationship with Eswari Rao and Huma Qureshi has a cute, classy touch. Both the actresses have done their roles with ease. Nana Patekar is largely wasted while the supporting cast of Samuthirakani, Dhilipan, Anjali Patil and Manikandan have forgettable roles.

What works against Kaala is the political propaganda which overshadows everything. The message is preachy and the subtlety of Pa Ranjith's presentation in films like Attakathi and Madras is missing.The long climax is unimpressive and tedious. Another major drawback of this Rajinikanth film are the songs and BGM. It is Santhosh Narayan's worst album ever and there is not even one song which impress.

Technically, Murali's cinematography beautifully captured the slums of Dharavi and the art direction is top class. Overall, Kaala is an average political propaganda film which is watchable only for Rajinikanth and a few high moments.


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