We certainly have seen many movies during the past which couldn’t measure up to the vaulting buzz around their release, and Kabali makes it to the list as well. What Kabali lacks is pace and mass, an unwanted trait in many Rajinikanth movies of late.
Movie director Pa Ranjith seems to be damaged by the pressure of handling superstar Rajinikanth and fails to find the right balance between his filming style and Rajinikanth’s larger-than-life screen persona. Therefore the film is enjoyable in parts but assessments your patience at many points and falls just short of a great cinematic experience.
The story has twists in the form of betrayals and unexpected reunions. These are so common in the film that the ‘unpredictabe’ plot twists soon becomes predictable.
Nevertheless, Kabali has enough ‘goosebump’ occasions too. The scene where Rajinikanth is doing pull-ups on a cross bar, screening his fitness before he’s released from jail after serving a long term fuels the imagination and teases us with what is to come. Following signalling his arrival in fashion by flooring his old foe inside his den, Kabali is shown heartbroken by the loss of his beloved wife Kumudavalli, played by Radhika Adroit.
The first half the movie shows the growth of Kabali from being a leader of Tamil personnel settled in Malaysia into a feared don. Any time the ganglords who are involved in drug and flesh trade decide to eliminate the ‘good don’ Kabali, the ageing don has to overcome all his emotional baggage to get ready for another gang conflict. But before that, this individual will find those who are dearest to him or her and find a psychological closure.
That done, Kabali returns to his lawn to find his trustworthy lieutenants being killed by his enemies. Then there is war, like the war Mario Puzo described in the epic Godfather, except what Micheal Corleone did stealthily, the Malasian Tamil don achieves in a flamboyant blood bath. The climax shot results in a question about whether there is anything more to be performed in Kabali’s life.
Pa Ranjith needs to be credited for giving ample scope to Rajinikanth to reinvent themselves and this phenomenal acting professional never ceases to impress us. He manages to keep his facial expression, gestures and his signature style intact, even at the age of sixty five. The actor exhibits how he is a course apart along with his expressions, especially during his scenes with Radhika Apte Kumudavalli and during the song, Mayanadhi.
Radhika Apte is sophisticated as always and complements Rajinikanth well. Dhansika as Kabali’s daughter doesn’t look convincing and Winston Chao, the antagonist simply fails to match up to Kabali’s persona. Santhosh Narayanan’s backdrop score adds to the intensity of the movie while songs go easily with the situations.
The MOVIE has dramatic screenplay and lagging screenplay and Kabali is an unconventional Rajinikanth film, which deals with to incorporate the actor’s mass appeal with a nuanced character. And we get to see Rajini play his age finally!
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