Kaala Movie Review: Vintage Rajinikanth is back

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After a big debacle of Kabali, Superstar Rajinikanth and Pa Ranjith have joined hands again for Kaala. The movie which was supposed to release long back is finally in theaters today. Here is what we felt after watching this most awaited film, Kaala.


Dharavi, the biggest slum in Asia is full of settlers from Tamilnadu. Karikalan alias Kaala (Rajinikanth) is the leader, and king of the slum. Kaala and his men safeguard the slum from land mafia. When Maharashtra Minister and Mumbai Don, Hari Das (Nana Patekar) gets into the scene, things get heated up as the confrontation between Kaala and Hari Das erupts. This leads to a war between the two. How Kaala faces the political power of Hari Das and strikes back after facing many struggles is the crust of the film, which has to be watched in theaters only.


Superstar Rajinikanth excels as Kaala. One can witness vintage Rajini in the whole film. Even in the 60s, Rajinikanth carries the whole film with grace, be it attitude, looks, chemistry with Huma Qureshi and Eshwari Rao or confrontation scenes with Nana Patekar, Rajini delivers one of his best performances. Rest of the cast – Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi, Eshwari Rao, Samudirakani have done remarkable performances. The characters were well written by the director.

Technical Department:

Santosh Narayan has never disappointed with his background music. The musician continues his magic with Kaala as well. The way he had elevated scenes is impeccable and could be placed beside Rajinikanth stardom. Cinematography by Murali G is commendable as the DOP brings the perfect slum look. Art direction by Ramalingam is also good. Editing by Sreekar Prasad could be a bit better. Pa Ranjith looks like learning from the mistakes of Kabali. The way he handled romantic scenes and confrontation scenes is remarkable. The director made Thalaivar political picture clear with Kaala, as the movie seems to be a boost up for Rajini in politics.

Plus Points:

– Rajinikanth performance as Kaala steals the whole show.
– Nana Patekar as Hari Das showcases villainism in an uber cool manner.
– Eshwari Rao and Huma Qureshi performances
– Music by Santosh Narayan
– Cinematography by Murali G
– Art direction by Ramalingam

Minus Points:

– Slow paced narration
– Flat story
– Few scenes in the second half

Analysis & Verdict:

Kaala is a serious take on the land mafia. With ample fun moments in the first half and enough emotional content in the second half, Kaala comes out as one of the best films in Thalaiva’s career. The film showcases Rajinikanth of coming days, in politics – a selfless leader. The slow narration, to which the Tamil audience is used to, may not go with the Telugu audience. On a whole, if you are fine with slow screenplay and narration, watching Kaala will be the best way to start off this weekend party.

Rating: 3.5/5

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