Cast: Rajinikanth, Radhika Apte, Dhansika
Music: Santosh Narayan
Producer: S. Thanu
Director: Pa. Ranjith
Release date: July 22nd 2016
Kabali, the most awaited silver screen sensation which has left millions of Rajini fans and movie lovers in frenzy over the past few months has finally hit the screens worldwide today
Kabali (Rajinikanth) gets released from a prison in Malaysian capital city Kuala Lumpur. Distinguishing this freedom from last 25 years in jail, Kabali heading one of the local gangs in city meets his gang members to analyze the effect of their opposition in ruthless criminal Mafia Gang 43 framed by Tony Woo from China supported by an Indian (Kishore). While Kabali gang fights against drugs, woman trafficking, prostitution and other crimes along with uplifting the Indians living standards in Malaysia, his rivals always pose a problem. Gangster Kabali also has a personal rivalry with Tony Woo for killing his wife Kundana Valli (Radhika Apte) and daughter Yogi (Dhansika). As Kabali begins the mission with dual pronged strategy to eliminate Tony Woo on one side and bring peace in Kuala Lumpur on other side, shocking twist comes before in the form of his wife and daughter being still alive. How Kabali balances both is rest of the action.
Performance: A different Rajinikanth is seen here. He is absolutely terrific in an ageing role. His smile, his expressions, his walk all is superb. In the post interval scenes, when he goes down to find his wife, we get to see some great acting from him. For the fans who expect some catchy dialogues, there aren’t many to enjoy but they relish his acting and mannerisms. The film is completely Rajinikanth’s movie. He is the soul. Radhika Apte is elegant as always and complements Rajinikanth well. Dhansika as Kabali’s daughter doesn’t look convincing and Winston Chao, the antagonist simply fails to match up to Kabali’s persona.
Director Ranjith succeeds in showcasing the film in a realistic way without giving in to the temptations of playing it to the galleries which might not go well with regular fans. Certain scenes that exploit Rajini’s emotions and character showcase Ranjith’s brilliance as a writer and director. However, Ranjith falters in narrating an intense story to all sections of the audience and makes the film very slow.
Music composer Santosh Narayan’s Nippu Ra theme song is an instant ear worm. His background score stands out from the rest of the technical aspects. Murali’s realistic cinematography which gives a refreshing outlook for the director’s vision deserves endless praise. Editing is bad as many scenes during the first half could have been easily trimmed. We can’t complain much about the lavish production values of producer Kalaipuli S Thanu which are pretty decent.
Verdict: Kabali is another disappointment from Rajinikanth.