Verdict: The Emperor is back with a Bang!
Right from the day the movie was announced, there were humongous expectations for Kabali. This being director Pa. Ranjith’s third directorial venture after Attakathi and Madras, fans could not wait to see how he would showcase their demi-god on the big screen. After the recent relative commercial failures of Lingaa and Kochadaiiyaan, fans have been waiting with bated breath to see their legend repeat the magic of Robo. Another interesting aspect of this project is that it is being produced by Kalaipuli S.Thanu, who has joined hands with Rajini after 35 years. With this crazy combination and expectations sky-rocketing, have they been able to do justice to the fans?
The movie starts with Kabaleeshwaran (Rajinikanth) returning from jail in Malaysia after 25 long years. He grows up to be a savior of Indians in Malaysia and rises to the pinnacle of the underworld empire through good deeds. After his return from exile, there are several questions, related to his family, that keep haunting him. Will he able to meet his family again? What he does to return to power and save the local Indians from the clutches of the drug mafia forms the rest of story.
Rajinikanth as Kabaleeshwaran aka Kabali is full of energy. His screen presence is magical and mesmerizing. He enacted both the shades of his character to perfection. There is no star in India who enjoys the mass following and the kind of openings his movies generate, even at this age. Radhika Apte as Kumudhavalli is another surprise package. She has done full justice to her role and the emotions between her and Rajini are the major highlight of this movie. Dhansika as Yogi is another important character in Kabali and has been played to perfection. John Vijay as Ameer is Kabali’s close associate and the role seems to be tailor-made for him. Dinesh Ravi as Jeeva has done a terrific job and his role is awesome throughout the movie. Winston Chao as Tony Lee played the main antagonist role and looked apt for his character.
On the technical front, Pa. Ranjith has to be applauded for the guts to showcase Rajini in a new dimension. The screenplay needs special appreciation. Storytelling was completely new and first-of-its-kind for a Thalaiva movie. The end title cards were experimental and showed the capabilities of Pa. Ranjith.
Music and background score by Santhosh Narayanan is fabulous. It raises the bar and pitch in all important scenes elevating Kabali. Cinematography by G. Murali is topnotch. Every frame looked rich.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
We don't need to tell anyone why they should watch a Rajini movie. This is an attempt that Rajini hasn't tried before. If his earlier flicks were completely dedicated to the mass audience, this one has both mass and class elements. Just go for it!
– By Ajay Mudunuri