Kaala - black politics and Rajinikanth’s politics I Movie Review I Rating 3/5
Rajinikanth movies offer a vibrant package for audience. His fans get excited with his screen presence, actions and mannerisms. Some emotional scenes of family, jokes and the energy are enough for a Rajini movie to be a box office hit. But unfortunately, his new release Kaala fails to meet the expectations of the audience.
Though the movie has many exciting sequences, director Pa Ranjith could not utilise it properly to entertain the audience. It is also disappointing that Kaala, the most awaiting movie of Thalaivar after his political entry, does not even have a good story.
Kaala portrays the story of gang war that is a common subject. While his Kabali narrates the story of gang war in Malayasia, Kaala portrays gang war in Mumbai. His audience are puzzled whether his next movie will be based on gang war in Chennai.
In the movie, Kaala aka Karikalan is the son of Venkaya who migrates from Tirunelveli and became a powerful don at Dharavi in Mumbai. For enemies, he is like the epic character Ravana. The story develops when the antagonist Haridev Abhayanker vows for a quick demolition of slums like Dharavi in Mumbai. Though the movie has all elements to satisfy Rajini fans, it fails to meet the expectations of the audience.
Great technicians like cinematographer G Murali, music director Santhosh Narayanan and editor Sreekar Prasad are associated with the movie. But the director turns out to be an utter failure in making a good film with such experts.
Huma Qureshi, who plays the role of Zarina who is Kaala’s ex-lover, is also part of slum demolition drive. The Bollywood actor's character irks the audience as something awkward in the story. Meanwhile, Eshawari Rao who played the role of Kaala’s wife and Nana Patekar, the villain, really deserves a clap for their great performance. Samudrakani, who seen as Kaala’s friend in the movie, also made one of his best performances in the movie.
Kaala is Rajinikanth's first film that has been released after he announced his political entry. Hence, political observers were also eagerly waiting to watch the movie.
It is assumed that the movie was selected as part of Rajnikanth’s political agenda to proclaim that he will be with the working class and slum dwellers.
In the battle between black and white, Rajinikanth opts to be with black that represent the Dravidians. With this movie, Rajnikanth tries to please the vote bank in Tamil Nadu.
At the same time, Rajinikanth visits Tuticorin and says that anti-social elements were responsible for the violence. He also said that the protests will turn Tamil Nadu into cemetery. Hence the mass protest portrayed in the movie became contradictory with his statements in Tuticorin.
Even though we say movies and politics are separate fields, Tamil Nadu politics keeps a clear link with movies and stars. Movies make actors to become political leaders who stands for the poor. Thus, Kaala is a clear declaration of Rajinikanth’s politics which targets the voters.