Rating: Â Â 3/5
Run Time – 2 hours 30 mins
Plot – An aged Malaysian don (Rajini) gets released from jail after serving a sentence of more than 25 years. He has to reunite with his loved ones and make peace with his life. But rival gangsters from the notorious ’43’ gang are obstacles in his path and he has to contend with their ploys to thwart him and his gang members.
– Among the large ensemble cast, the young female trio of Dhansika, Radhika Apte and Riythvika grab whatever scope they have and deliver. Dhansika’s makeover is a stunner, particularly and Radhika Apte shines big time in the emotional reunion scene in the 2nd half
– Credits must be given to Director Ranjith for bringing out the actor Rajinikanth in Kabali.
– There are some good highlight scenes for the audience such as Superstar Rajini’s introduction scene out of jail, the fight that follows and the aforementioned family reunion scene in the 2nd half.
– A big pat on the back of stylist Anu Vardhan who has given the Superstar some really dashing suits which he sports all through the film. Rajini rocks in the scenes when he sports the white beard and his inborn style, swag, gait and screen presence are a delight in the initial part of the film when you just can’t get enough of him.
– Composer Santhosh Narayanan has used the haunting ‘Vaanam Parthen’ tune to good effect in the background score. ‘Maya Nadhi’ is a nicely filmed reunion number while ‘Ulagam Oruvanukka’ has its peppy moments. On the whole, a good enough job from SaNa with the re-recording which suits the film’s flow.
– The action and drama in the climax give a really mixed feeling for the leaving audience. There is no connect and this is bad news for the film’s box-office prospects in the long run.
– The male support actors like Kalaiyarasan, Dinesh, John Vijay, Nasser, Harikrishnan, Kishore and co. don’t make much of a mark. The lead villain Winston Chao isn’t menacing, one bit.
– Rajini’s age clearly shows in the portions when he is with just the mustache. In the second half, he appears pretty tired and hardcore Rajini fans will feel disappointed at the limited scope for him in majority of this half, save some action moments and underwhelming heroism. He is more like a senior character actor in most of the scenes in this part while Dhansika takes the lead.
– Editor Praveen KL and Ranjith could have done some sprucing up as there are quite a few low-key moments in the overall affair which runs for 150 minutes.
Final Word – Kabali is a different attempt on the whole. Kabali is neither a racy Rajini mass masala nor an Madras-level Ranjith film.It’s Somewhere in between.
Kabali was screened yesterday in the U.S which had Rajinikanth attending.
Here is the Feedback from critics and Audience
it is being said that the movie is a complete entertainment package. “#Kabali USA Review: Movie is a Paisa Vasool for #Thalaivar Fans.. Lot of Goose bump moments.. Theater ‘ll explode several time with applause. [sic],” industry tracker Ramesh tweetedÂ about the early response from the U.S.
Kabali – The Review – by Balaji Srinivasan
Thanks to bay area cine industry friends, I got to watch a preview show of Kabali. I went in with no expectations and came out with mixed feelings. Kabali is paisa vasool for Rajinikanth fans while others can have equal fun mocking the aged superstar go through his paces.
The bar has been set high for Rajini, since he has already donated all his assets, built colleges, constructed dams, overthrew a Chief Minister and in general has given up his life for the masses. So, in this movie, the setting moves to Malaysia, where tamils are ill-treated and need a Messiah to save them. Enter the Superstar, who, like Nelson Mandela, spends several years in prison for his opposition to racism. When he comes out, he settles down to a regular life (think Baashaâ€™s auto driver), until circumstances force him to become a gangster and rescue his daughter from the enemies. And of course, he becomes the leader of Tamils/Dalits in Malaysia and improves their conditions tremendously.
For a Rajini fan, this will all give him/her goosebumps. Slow motion walks, stylish poses, crisp dialogues are all there, and theatres will explode with applause each time Rajini does his carefully choreographed routine. There are flashback scenes where he looks â€œyouthâ€ that is sure to make his fans feel nostalgic. Director Ranjith has ensured that the larger than life image of Rajini has been preserved. In essence, it feels like a lifetime highlights of various Rajini movie scenes re-enacted.
For a casual cinema goer though, the whole shindig will feel thoroughly artificial and unbearable. The aged star with heavy makeup trying to act as a 30 year old is cringe-worthy. For someone who in real life has shied away from any responsibility, has acted without any consistency in politics, a person who has never stood up to his beliefs (he appreciated Jayalalitha getting out of prison for the case that he railed against her in â€™96!), Rajinikanth again doing the act of the mass leader and peopleâ€™s savior is laughable. The real life Rajini can do no right except to kindle talks about his entry into politics. But movie after movie, he does his act, and it is getting a bit long on the tooth.
Ranjith could have made a better film on the plight of the Malaysian tamils. May be that was his original plan. The movie though, ends up as yet another commercial vehicle for the Superstar. Ranjithâ€™s Dalit politics take a backseat here. Radhika Apte is apt in her role as is Dhansika. Watch out for a surprise cameo from someone you wouldnâ€™t expect in a Rajini film. Neruppudaa is a surprising ear worm from Santosh Narayanan.
Kabali – The Emperorâ€™s New Clothes.
These are the reviews been shared in social media’s.
“Kabali” is being released worldwide on July 22. Special shows of the film would be held in some countries a day before its official release. The Tamil film is set to make a record-breaking collection as the advance booking has got fantastic response in key centres.
Â Rating- 2.75/5