Kabali: Lets You Down!
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Pa. Ranjith’s Kabali does injustice to the superstar and his fans worldwide by making a mediocre film. It won’t be fair to blame the makers only; I would like to say that the Superstar himself has done injustice to his fans by signing this film. The long queues, whistles and the dance we see both inside and outside the movie halls are not for the greatness of the movie but sheer love for Rajnikanth. But, then we have seen stars and superstars fade and wane away by the passing of time if they don’t exhibit discretion in choosing good films.
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Kabali is about the rise of a Tamilian worker on the soil of Malaysia against the atrocities and wage discrimination meted upon Indians by the industrialist in Malaysia. A minor protest turns out to be a major strike and the outcome is the rise of a messiah called “Kableeshwaran aka Kabali’ the voice of Tamilians in Mayasia. His rise and influence among the workers soon becomes a threat for the powerful and the mighty. People at the upper echelons of the government have sleepless nights. Soon Kabali becomes the blue-eyed boy of Tamilnesan gangster played by the veteran actor Nassar. The don’s decision to announce Kabali as his heir brews trouble for Kabali and his family. Soon a young Kabali find himself behind the bars for rioting, killing and other serious offences for twenty-five years. Kabali is shattered and heartbroken after losing his wife and unborn child in the gang war.
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After twenty five years of confinement and unaware about the new dynamics happening in the underworld, Kabali walks out of the four walls of his jail in style with his dear friend Ameer and other lieutenants waiting outside for his welcome. What follows is predictable – Revenge, flashback, conspiracy, encounters, gang war, family reunion and claiming back Kabali’s empire and supremacy.
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But then in this near to three hours movie the fireworks without any reasons makes you bored, lost and utterly disappointed because you come to know that Kabali fails to live up to its hype. Talented actors like Radhika Apte and Nassar has nothing substantial to do. The villains are involved most of the time in buffoonery. Unfortunately, the movie Kabali reduces a larger than life superstar into a caricature.
Nevertheless, if you are a die-hard Rajni fan you can go and watch Kabali otherwise wait and hope for his next project to be good.
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 1.5/5
Cast: Rajnikanth (Kabaleeshwaran), Radhika Apte (Kumudhavalli), Winston Chao, Dhansika, Dinesh Ravi (Jeeva), Kishore, Kalaiyarasan, John Vijay, Riythvika (Meena), Rosyam Nor
Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Pa. Ranjith
Producer: Kalaipuli S. Thanu
Written by: Pa. Ranjith
Music by: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: G. Murali
Edited by: Praveen K.L.
Production Company: V. Creations
Distributor: Gemini Film Circuit
Release Date: 22nd July, 2016
Duration: 152 Minutes
Language: Tamil (Dubbed in Hindi)