Kaala: Movie Review

Release date: June 07, 2018

Rating: 3/5

Starring : Rajinikanth, Huma Qureshi, Nana Patekar, Easwari Rao

Director: Pa. Ranjith

Producers: Dhanush

Music Director: Santhosh Narayanan

Cinematographer: G. Murali Vardhan

Editors: Sreekar Prasad

Kaala is the long-awaited film of Rajinikanth in recent times. After a bit of delay, the film finally hit the screens today. Let's see if the film is at the height of its hype or not.


Kaala (Rajinikanth) is a Demigod in the Dharavi slum area of Mumbai. Many companies continue to try to evacuate the slum and build new age structures in this area, but Kaala and its group still prevent it from happening. But things get tough for Kaala with the entrance of Hari das (Nana Patekar). A huge war kick starts between the rich and the poor and the rest of the story is how Kaala comes out victorious in his mission and saves Dharavi and his people from being the sweet target of people like Hari Das.

Plus Points:

Rajinikanth is fierce as Kaala and plays his role according to his age. The usual Rajini swag is in full flow and no unnecessary heroism has been created as Rajini looks and plays his age gracefully. Rajinikanth's performance in all its confrontational scenes with Nana Patekar is first class. Every time they confront each other, things seem quite startling and interesting.

Nana Patekar gets a powerful role as Minister Maharashtrian. It is menacing in all its scenes and is a perfect choice to stand against the power of Rajinikanth. HUMA Qureshi gets a very interesting character and performs impressively. The romance between her and Rajinikanth was presented with a lot of class and dignity.

Eshwari, who plays Rajinikanth's wife in the film gives an extraordinary performance. His role was very well written and works in favor of the film. The last five minutes before the Bang interval is very good as two of India's biggest players clash in a thrilling way. The second half becomes too serious and runs on a decent note with good emotional scenes.

Minus Points:

One of the biggest drawbacks of the film is that the film is painfully slow in the first half. The first 40 minutes of the film is very slow and the presence of the heavy Tamil flavor can go against the public of the Office.

The story of the film is old age and has been tried in several Hindi movies in the past. Serious problems, mass episodes, and slow narration can get to those who come in waiting for Rajinikanth's entertainment. The lack of new episodes distracted the film a bit. The movie runs on a single thread and this can put you off a bit.

The first thing that comes to mind when you watch the movie is the scale of the movie. Many would be amazed to know that the film was shot in a set of specially erected Dharavi in Chennai. Not once in the movie, it seems wrong that the excellent Camerawork makes things seem realistic. He must be credited for his striking musical score which raises the procedure to another level. The dialogues are good, but the editing was mean that the film should be cropped sharply.

Coming to the director PA Rog, he made the film keeping the political aspirations of Rajinikanth in mind. He shows it as the Demigod of the masses who always help the poor. Although he managed to introduce Rajinikanth in a good way, his narrative as in all his films is a little slow and takes forever to pick up. He did not present anything new in the film and stuck to the dramatic part that will not be loved by the certain public Select.


Overall, Kaala is a serious revolutionary drama that works in parts. Rajinikanth and Nana Patekar lead from the front and make things interesting for the audience every time they appear on the screen. But the film is a little slow and takes its time to get into the main field. The film will be loved by only a section that love dramas mature and serious, but others need to go in well prepared for what is happening on their way. If you agree with that, then Rajinikanth will make sure that the film ends on a passable note.

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