Release Date: June 07, 2018
Cast: Rajinikanth, Nana Patekar, Samuthirakani, Aruldoss, Easwari Rao, Huma Qureshi, Anjali Patil, Sayaji Shinde, Pankaj Tripathi, Sakshi Agarwal
Director: Pa. Ranjith
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 46 minutes
With Rajinikanth starting his political career, it is expected that his movies will now carry more powerful messages for the common masses. This is exactly what we see in Kaala, where the protagonist fights for the rights of the common people. Rajinikanth has mostly played larger than life roles in his movies and in that context, Kaala is not very different. The protagonist can be seen urging people to unite, since it is the only way the common man can take on the powerful forces that confront them. The message is broad and clear that Rajinikanth is here to stay and that people are his power, both in reel life and in the world of politics in real life.
Kaala is the story of Kaala (Rajinikanth), who is a gangster from Tirunelveli and has become the King of Dharavi. A number of Tamil migrants from Tirunelveli have settled in Dharavi and they work tirelessly to keep the city running. However, their existence is threatened when the local land mafia targets their land in Dharavi. The land mafia wants to destroy the slums and replace it with high rise buildings. However, the land mafia faces a tough task, as Kaala is not willing to support their plan. Kaala vows to fight the land mafia, which brings him in direct confrontation with a powerful politician Harinath Desai (Nana Patekar). Kaala has to make great sacrifices to fight for the rights of people and to protect their land from being usurped.
The movie has connotations that the color black is often associated with evil. However, the opposite may be true in real life, as Kaala comes across as a hero. On the other hand, corrupt politicians are shown wearing spotless white clothes. Both Rajinikanth and Nana Patekar have delivered good performances, which is a delight to watch. The confrontation between these seasoned actors is pure ‘paisa wasool’. The action sequences are engaging and they hint to the Rajinikanth of yesteryear. There’s romance as well and some humorous moments to keep the story balanced.
Kaala is a real treat for fans of Rajinikanth and Nana Patekar. If you are looking for some good entertainment, Kaala is just the thing you need.