Kaala (2018) – Movie Review

Kaala is a Tamil-language action drama film written and directed by Pa. Ranjith and produced by Dhanush. The film stars Rajinikanth (Super Star) in the lead role. It is the 2nd time when Pa. Ranjith is working in collaboration with Rajinikanth after Kabali (2016).

The film revolves around the people who had migrated from Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu are living in the Dharavi slum. The film follows Karikaalan/Kaala (Rajinikanth), a family man, the leader of oppressed people of Dharavi, serving justice to his people by exercising criminal methods. Haridev “Hari Dada” Abhayankar (Nana Patekar), the union minister, previously a gangster who had carried out many attacks in Dharavi, tries to evict the people and seize their land. Over the years Hari Dada becomes a minister and plans to clear the area of Dharavi to construct buildings using his construction company in the form of government scheme with the help of his supporter Vishnu Bhai (Sampath Raj). Now, Kaala, must stand and oppose it to protect the area and his people.

Having Rajinikanth and Nana Patekar in one movie is enough reason to watch this film. The film is filled with many exciting moments, especially the confrontation scenes between Rajni and Nana are mind-blowing, and when these two charismatic characters come face to face, it’s just a total blast. The story of the film is completely new, but still, there are some similarities like any other south Indian film, like family dynamics, super cool action sequences, and of course revenge stories. Along with the lead characters, Easwari Rao as Kaala’s wife Selvi also steals the show.

The only thing which may hamper the film is its almost three hours of runtime, which could have been made half an hour shorter. The film is grounded, darker and funny at the same time. The film also talks about the revolutions of oppressed people against the cynical government, politicians, and builders. The artistic representation of the significant moments in the film is applauding. Watching it in a movie theatre full of fans whistling and shouting is just another level experience.

Verdict : Rajinikanth is in his full form, a great watch on this weekend. Do not miss this epic face-off of Rajni & Nana at any cost.

Rating : 4/5

Check out trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSnMt6h6zk0

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