Kaala Movie Review

Ranjith has portrayed the stylish mass appeal of Superstar in this movie with a commercial touch which never bores the audience

Reviews 7-Jun-2018 6:20 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Pa Ranjith
Cast : Rajinikanth, Nana Patekar Huma Quershi, Eshwari Rao, Samuthrakani, Dileeban, Manikandan
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Camera : Murali
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Production : Wunderbar Films

Ranjith has clearly proved that human always had connection with land since he has born especially in 70s. And, that feeling of ownership with land becomes very strong when it gets attached to life, family, love which is then destroyed by political power of the practical world now.


The story begins with the 70s flashback riots which happened in Dharavi, in which natives of Tirunelveli owns the land and struggles to own their land by bearing all the hurdles which was created to impose power politically. ‘Kaala’ aka Karikaalan (RajiniKanth) is an old but stylish leading person of Dharavi where he solves all the people living in that area and take cares of his huge family with his beloved wife, sons, daughter-in-laws and grand kids just like ‘Karikaalan’ (Brave King of Chola Dynasty). He also has the support of huge respect of the people true neighbourhood friends who live there. Hari Dada (Nana Patekar) is a political leader where he wants to rule Dharavi in the improving the wellbeing of the people and plans to remove the slums in the name of developing the city. Serena (Huma Qureshi) is an activist who wanted to develop the lives and facilities for the people where she has born and brought up. She wanted to implement the developments with the help of politicians such that she realizes to be wrong in future. She has a flashback of love with Karikaalan which never happened to marriage. Yet, Selvi (Easwari rao) is a beloved wife of Kaala karikalan and a caring mother who believes her husband to be her entire life. Kaala and Hari Dada clash happens for the land whereas Kaala wants the land which has more emotions and struggle whereas Hari Dada wants to show his dignity and power. Who wins this battle? Whether a common man or a politician is the story!


Director has brought the practical consequences of life in which a common man won’t be easily handling any politically powerful person without the support of people. Kaala is a movie which proves there will always be more love and sentiments to the place where it was born and brought up. Selvi, Kaala’s wife who is very beloved and innocent never stops loving her husband even if his past love feelings comes back. Kaala’s support with the friends and neighborhood is very strong even though he is old which is one of the remarkable aspect to be noted in the movie with lots of sacrifices, betrayal and sufferings. The complete set and cinematography in Dharavi is very realistic such that it takes us completely to the place and situations taken placed in this movie. Santhosh Narayanan’s music is very energetic yet is carried along with story which portrays the complete feelings of the place and scenario.


RajiniKanth as Kaala has given a great mass commercial appeal just by playing a very strong role against the legendary actor Nana Patekar. Never the less, Nana Patekar also never failed to give a competing character to Rajinikanth. Easwari Rao, after a long time on screen, has proved the innocence of a caring wife through her performance. Huma Qureshi as a powerful activist and has also proved as if it was not her debut movie in Tamil. In brief, the movie has all the energetic and unexpected factors such as love, sentiments, power and music which become an entertaining aspect to watch the view more than once.

What Works:

1. RajiniKanth

2. Art Direction, Cinematography and Music

3. Catchy Dialogues

What Doesn't Works:

1. Lag in First Half

2. Flaws before the climax

Ranjith has portrayed the stylish mass appeal of Superstar in this movie with a commercial touch which never bores the audience. Also he explains that slum or being black is not ugly, it is just that it is a strong color and pride.

Ratings: 6/10

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