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Written and Direction: PA Ranjith
Behind the Screens:
PA Ranjith has delivered a big disaster to Superstar Rajinikanth with Kabali. But the Superstar surprised everyone by giving a second chance with Kaala. The movie is carrying a poor buzz due to uninteresting promotional material. Let us see how the movie fares with the audience.
Karikalan Kaala (Rajinikanth) is the leader of Dharavi Slum in Mumbai. Hari Dada (Nana Patekar) is a Politician who wants to get the Slum at any cost with his money and Power. Kaala blocks him everytime and Hari Dada takes revenge by eliminating Kaala’s family. What happens next in the story and how Dharavi is saved forms the rest.
Rajinikanth’s Style and Mannerisms are the major highlights of any of his movies. But then, the director failed to utilize the Superstar in the film. There are no proper dialogues as well for him in the film. Rajinikanth’s mark is visible here and there but is disappointing as a whole. Nana Patekar has got a significant role. Their confrontation scenes are a treat to watch but there are very few of them. Eshwari Rao and Huma Qureshi are okay. Rest of them are mostly Tamil faces.
PA Ranjith has failed to make use of the Second Chance given by Rajinikanth. The story is not suitable to Rajinikanth and further failed to utilize the strengths of the Superstar. Santosh Narayanan has followed the same Kabali Pattern for this film as well. We get the Kabali feel in Background Score at many places. The Set of Dharavi is amazing. Camera work is impressive and the Action Sequence before the Interval Bang is interesting. Production Values are okay. Editing is also fine.
Kaala is all about the right of the Poor on the land they are living. Rajinikanth is portrayed as their Super Hero and the director tried to stuff Romance, Heroism, dialogues in this Social issue. But he failed to do it properly. The romantic track looked odd and except for the sequence between Rajini and Nana before the interval, nothing excites fans. The screenplay and narration lacks pace. Even though, there is a good scope for emotions in the Second Half, the director failed to make use of that. With that, audience do not connect to the film at any point. Moreover, the film is stuffed with too much of Tamil nativity. Finally, Kaala ends up as another disappointment but slightly better than Kabali.
Kaala: Slightly Better Than Kabali
Cast: Rajinikanth, Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi, Eeshwari Rao and Others
Writing and Direction: PA Ranjith
DOP: Murali G
Music: Santosh Narayanan
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Banner: Wunderbar Films