I am back. I am back as the same youth I left 25 years. This is a famous dialogue from Kabali by Rajanikanth.Perhaps it holds the best for the movie as Ranjith which has played a big part in the curiosity levels of the audience. This combo is something new and fresh. And hence what is it going to offer to the viewer, is the standard thought in many minds.
Produced by Kalaipuli S Tahnu in a grand budget, kabali is a entertaining and mass engaging stuff with enough in it to give goosebumps of you are an ardent fan of Rajanikanth.
Kabali is about an aged, reformed gangster Kabaleeswaran who had fought for the oppressed in Malaysia and returns from his jail stay after twenty-five years. What life has in store for him after this, is the turf in which Ranjith has played his shots, the scene of action being predominantly Malaysia.
Kabali has a purpose to serve in his life. Apart from the fancy costumes, guns and other style elements you find in gangster films, this film shows an emotional side of a gangster. He is strong and normal with friends and family but could be feeble when he is betrayed or when he lets emotions rule over him.After coming out of prison, he treads a path that strikingly teaches the baddies a lesson. Ranjith has played very well with such emotions.
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 “youth” that is sure to make his fans feel nostalgic.
The hard work that has gone into the flashback segments in terms of physical appearance is praiseworthy. But there are times when the younger Rajinikanth looks a little out of place.
Radhika Apte as Rajini’s wife Kumudavalli, did her best. The actress known for her subtle nuances holds her fort in this Rajini film too. Dhansika is effective in her action avatar. Kishore, Kalaiayarasan, John Vijay, Rhythvika, Dinesh and all the other supporting characters have managed to provide the right kind of foil for this superstar film.
On the technical side, Santhosh Narayanan’s score is a major plus to the film with the songs not being an unwanted
protraction. Murali’s camera captures the Superstar in his stylish best and Malaysia in its right feel.Editor Praveen has ensured that the product is at its cohesive best. Anu Vardhan’s costumes for Rajini are suave and classy,especially his suits. Ramalingam’s set designs and Anbariv’s action sequences reveal that the team has worked in unison with the director’s vision. However in the climax scene, the art department could have worked a little better.
The pace of the film is a little slow. It is not a film for people who are used to cliched mass hero films. Ranjith is known for his pro oppressed class ideologies, and he does not fail to showcase them in his films. There are some
interesting tropes in Kabali too and a few sharp dialogues.
That said, the teaser of the film gave a super massy expectation for the film but when the film’s core is not that, it
might give room for a little disappointment. And in a gangster film such as this, the antagonists should have been more powerful which would have made the protagonist much stronger. Sadly, despite having many villains, this did not come through.
One should say the screenplay could have been tighter. Usually, when a new director works with a big star like Rajinikanth, they tend to adjust the flow of the film for the hero’s stardom but Ranjith has extracted what he
wanted for his script without compromising much.
Verdict: Kabali Review
Kabali is more of a Ranjith film than Rajini’s.It is a movie that deserves a engaging watch.With a super screen presence of Rajanikant and effective handling of the theme by Director, Kabli ends up as one of the best films from Superstar’s hut.