SUPERSTAR. Dot. What else should be said apart from that one word. That one word creates magic. It creates power. It shows the way and it shows how powerful the person will be who is having the title. Thats what the world is facing for past few weeks. Wherever you go, you cannot miss topics that involves Kabali. Right from the air to the chocolate he is everywhere. Ranjith who has proven to be a promising young director with two critically acclaimed super hit films joining with the superstar took the expectations to huge levels. Lets see how this happening combo has given us the film.
Kabali (Rajinikanth) is a Malaysian Tamil Don who gets released from jail after 25 years. He has lost his wife Kumudhavalli (Radhika Apte) when she was pregnant and does not know whether she is still alive or not. He has fought for the equal rights for the oppressed Tamils of Malaysia and has emerged as their leader and good don. He also runs a school to refine the Tamil youth’s who roam around as spoilt brats in Malaysia and make them as good citizens. Apart from this he has to eliminate the opposition gang mafia led by Tony Lee (Winston Chao) and his partner Veera (Kishore). Whether Kabali overcome all these forms the rest.
Known for his simple narration and armed with a slow-paced yet emotionally powerful screenplay, the two-film old director has not made many compromises for Rajinikanth. The film does not have a punch dialogue anywhere. The mass scenes are limited but effective. The film is more of emotion than action. The intent of the director to make present the film as realistic as possible is clearly visible throughout. Director needs to be complimented for making a film that has shown us the other less utilized but equally powerful facet of the SUPERSTAR. It is the belief in him and his script that has made Rajini to do a film that is unusual in his commercial route. Emotions seem to play a bigger role in this gangster movie. The spotlight is almost entirely on the love story, and neither the workers nor the gang wars or its leaders are given any additional importance.
Rajinikanth puts up a performance like never before. He looks dapper in well fitted suits and his styling is top class. The actor even at this age carries the film on his shoulder. It is the strong screen presence and sheer aura of the man that keeps us rooting for the film. He has really ‘ACTED’ in this film. Radhika Apte is brilliant and her pairing with Rajinikanth looks fresh and their chemistry has worked out well. When she was casted everyone was questioning her selection but she proved everyone with her acting. Dhansika and John Vijay have got their lifetime opportunity to play SUPERSTAR’s daughter and friend respectively. Winston Chao and Kishore have played well their parts. Dinesh, Rithvika, Kalaiarasan also got their chance to perform well.
Santhosh Narayanan’s already hit songs fit well into the narration and a few of them are aptly used as montages. His BGM’s fits the happenings very well. Murali’s cinematography is top-notch that he has shown Malaysia in a different angle. The stunt sequences and shoot-out scenes choreographed by Anbarivu, with Rajini putting his best foot forward, is sure to give adrenaline-rush to his fans. Though he had SUPERSTAR by his side, Ranjith never took that into his mind and still treated the film as his and made the actor to perform in his film. His choice and taste of portraying Tamils gets a standing ovation. Still some may feel that this is not the usual SUPERSTAR film but, come on, thinking the real age and his guts to show him as his age on screens, Ranjith proves why he is chosen by none other than SUPERSTAR just for his third film. Watch it for ‘Thalaivar Adhiradi at his real age’. Magizhchi..!! 🙂