Cast: Rajinikanth, Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Anjali Patil, Pankaj Tripathi, Samuthirakani and Easwari Rao
Director: Pa. Ranjith
Producer: Wunderbar Films (Dhanush)
Rating 3/5 Stars
Rajinikanth and Kabali director’s second film together, Kaala is the director’s way of addressing the importance of land and the need to stand up for it when required. It is achieved via a straight-forward story of uprising and victory against all odds. And, we must say, that in spite of the lack of a layered plot that we have become accustomed to, Kaala works on many levels, and its simplicity is to be given credit.
The trailer has probably made the above obvious, and we believe that we can’t indulge into the plot without ruining the fun for you all, so, we are just going to jump to the performances right away. It goes without saying that its leading man, Rajinikanth is the lifeline here. The kind of relatability and charisma that our Thalaivaa here has brought to his Karikaalan is something that we hadn’t witnessed in a while. Rajini here has a worthy opponent in Nana Patekar, who has unarguably delivered his best performance till date as the antagonist of the film. An additional pleasing thing about this Rajinikanth-starrer are the scenes between the superstar and Huma Qureshi. They are pure gold!
All in all, Kaala, to us, is a fun-filled entertainer which not only makes us whistle on its terrifically choreographed fight sequences but speaks to us on a much deeper level. If you have been an ardent Rajinikanth fan, you will be pleased to know that the kind of mistakes Ranjith had committed in his previous Rajinikanth-starrer, Kabali, aren’t really repeated here. You will know what we are talking about when you see the film, if you haven’t already.