It’s almost the dawn time and the world is celebrating the realms of ‘Kabali’. Pretty long expectations and everyone had been hooked up to witness a much bigger grand show and it all arrives in style with usual fanfare and celebrations. Let us see how far the film gratifies our expectations in this vivid analysis.
To make it simple, our earnest request to all movie goers or the ones who have already booked the tickets, please unlearn what was feed upon you. To be precise, don’t ever go by the words of Kalaipuli S Thanu, who has been involved in over-hyping the movie with a different dimension of action and ‘Mass’ power of Rajinikanth.
Released after 25 years of imprisonment Kabali (Rajinikanth) is back in Malaysia and is deeply hurt by the loss of his pregnant wife (Radhika Apte), who was brutally murdered in front of his years. He is deeply hurt by the hallucinations of his deceased wife appearing now and then. Meanwhile, a topmost gunwoman (Dhansika) is hired by Gang 43 bigwig (Kishore), who works for a topmost mafia lord (Winston Chao). The buried past of lost joys and blind hopes of future haunt Kabali and the confrontations with the gang take its rise.
Maybe, this is the first of kind synopsis that you would be coming across as many would have just cited it’s a film about ageing don coming back to retaliate the baddies in power of Malaysian drug system. Kabali is an out and out emotional movie that brings out the matchless performance of Rajinikanth. This time, Rajinikanth has made it clear that there is no need to enthrall audiences with his extra-voguish walks and punch dialogues, but offer a high volatile performance.
We just don’t want to refer his erstwhile classical movies, but this is something unconventional from Rajinikanth that you would surely enjoy if watched refraining from the over hypes. Radhika Apte is simply at her best and she keeps you so much emotional bounded with her role.
What a performance by Dhansika? Her first time appearance on the screen might not be so much of higher acclaims, but watch out for her emotional act before intermission that leave theatres moistened up in tears and Goosebumps. Attakathi Dinesh offers humour with his body language. Kalaiyarasan does his best. John Vijay gets a meaty role and he has done a fabulous job. Riythwika might not have a substantial role, but gets her acting more proficient.
Background score by Santhosh Narayanan is magnificent and cinematography is beyond excellence. For the first time, we happen to see Malaysia in a much different dimension. Thanks to cinematographer Murali. Finally but not the least, the master under spotlights is Editor Praveen who offers stunning cuts in transition.
Getting on with the flip side of the film, there is nothing as such. Too many sub-plots involving lots of characters might hamper the screenplay in few places. Moreover, for a reigning don like Rajinikanth, we don’t see anyone more powerful besides him except John Vijay. Ranjith has crafted a strong characterization for every actor and he could have shown some importance to Tamilian group issues little more very well emphasized.
Overall, don’t go to theatres to watch ‘Kabali’ as a mass film treat and if you’ve have the ability to forget the usual image of ‘Rajinikanth’ and embrace the avatar called ‘Kabali’ and his world, you will definitely like this film.
Verdict: Emotional drama with spellbinding performance of Rajinikanth.