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Kaala Movie Review: An Attempt to Humanize Thalaiva

Kaala
Written by Varsha Pillai

Kaala can be rightly called a collaboration between Pa Ranjith and Rajinikanth. We’re so used to seeing the superstar doing his fair share of slow motion action sequences and ‘whistle podu’ dialogues that we ended up missing a little out on the brilliant actor Rajinikanth is.

Kaala is that movie where we get to see Rajinikanth the actor, rather than Rajinikanth the phenomenon. The movie is a commentary on the socio-economic-political scenario of Dharavi and in turn also comments on issues that are socially relevant. The movie also is generously inspired by the Indian epic Ramayana and the classic 1973 crime movie, Godfather.

The plot of the movie revolves around Karikaalan aka Kaala (Rajinikanth) who leads a slum in Dharavi and has been living peacefully until a political party headed locally by Haridev (Nana Patekar) comes with a plan to renovate the slum.

For a change, the female characters have meatier roles and all the female characters excel in their roles. Be it Easwari Rao, Huma Qureshi and Anjali. Nana Patekar essays a villain that equals Karikaalan in all aspects.

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About the author

Varsha Pillai

She’s human. At least that’s what she’ll tell you. Dare you tell her that she has a good sense of humor and be prepared to be the lab rat for all her lame jokes for the rest of your life. Apart from that, she’s got a master’s degree in ‘Being a 4 a.m. friend’ and is currently pursuing her PhD in making instant noodles.

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