Movie Review: Kaala – Lacks Sheen

Movie Review: Kaala – Lacks Sheen

Superstar Rajnikanth’s much awaited outing Kaala has finally hit the screens today. Directed by Pa. Ranjith, Kaala is the second time coming for the actor-director duo. Kabali, their first film couldn’t do wonders at the box office, thanks to the confusing and uninteresting plot. Does “Kaala” have the power to win it’s fight at the theaters ?

Rajnikanth plays Kaala aka Karikaala, who opposes a cruel plan of a politician named Hari Dada (Nana Patekar). The politician is hell bent on converting Dharavi slum in Mumbai into a sparkling residential project but Kaala proves to be a hindrance. Dada hatches a ploy to eliminate Kaala, whilst Kaala strives to protect the slum area from Dada’s evil hands. Who will win the battle of the masses? This forms the crux of the story.

Rajnikanth is stylish in his black robes throughout the movie. He shows his panache for the evergreen mannerisms and his scenes with Nana Patekar score brownie points. However, the director has once again failed to utilize the full potential of the star. Though Rajnikanth wins in his vintage look, there could have been much more magic and elevation added to his character. Director Pa. Ranjith seems to have once again missed a golden chance to depict Rajnikanth in a better way.

Nana Patekar’s act is one of the very few highlights of the movie. His dialogue delivery and sequences with Rajnikanth steal the show. Huma Qureshi is decent and her role adds value. Artists like Sayaji Shinde, Samuthrikani and others are passable.

Music by Santosh Narayanan is plain average. Though he scores well in the Background music department, he falters with the songs. You wouldn’t take home any of the songs once the film is over. Cinematography by Murali is very good and he embeds well with the art work done for the film. Editing by Sreekar Prasad is okay as there could have been a few scenes cut at the table.

There is definitely a political angle immersed in the movie which fits perfectly with the entry of Rajnikanth into politics. Police station episode and a rain fight scene will be loved by the public but the positives are very few. Sluggish episodes in the second half add boredom to the viewing experience. Apart from few engaging scenes, Kaala doesn’t pump up the required elements.

Rating: 2/5

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