Returning from prison, aged gangster Kabali confronts those who had destroyed his life. While doing so, he learns about what had happened to his family when he was gone.


Pa. Ranjith


Pa. Ranjith
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajinikanth ... Kabali
Winston Chao ... Tony Lee
Radhika Apte ... Kumudhavalli
Dhansika ... Yogi
Kalaiyarasan ... Kumaran
Dinesh ... Jeeva
John Vijay ... Ameer Bhai
Kishore Kumar G. ... Veerasekaran
Riythvika ... Meena
Mime Gopi ... Loga
Hari Krishnan Hari Krishnan ... Tiger (as Hari)
Nassar ... Tamilnesan (as Nasser)
Uday Mahesh Uday Mahesh ... Durai
Gajaraj ... Marthandam
Vinoth Vinoth ... Tamilmaaran


Kabaleeswaran, a revolutionary who fights for the betterment of his race in a foreign land, is falsely implicated and thrown behind bars. When he returns after his prison term, he starts a search for his wife and ends up confronting those who were the reason behind his miseries. What follows is a tale of revenge, emotion, drama, jealousy, treason, loyalty, love and payback. Written by PipingHotViews

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


In this film, Rajinikanth sports his natural full-white beard on-screen for the first time. See more »


In the flashback scene,Tamilmaran comes to apologise to Kabali while he is eating with family, the scene is set at the backdrop of Merdeka Square, the scene is supposed to have happened 25 years back but modern buildings which was not yet constructed in KL can be seen.

Also in various other scenes, various cars which were not released in early 90's can be still be seen,. See more »


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Alternate Versions

In the version released in Malaysia, a lot of violent scenes amounting to 5 minutes were cut to obtain a P13 rating, plus the ending too was changed as per the instructions of the Malaysian censor board, to avoid unlawful behavior. While the original one is an open ending as to whether Kabali died or not, the Malaysian one shows a caption "Finally Kabali surrendered to the police." See more »


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User Reviews

Watch it only for Rajinikanth without any expectation.
23 July 2016 | by dheeraj_contactsSee all my reviews

Yes, Rajinikanth is back with his unique style n mannerism if you are a Rajini fan you'll love his screen presence. There are a few goosebumps moments in the movie other than that do not expect too much you'll be definitely disappointed. Story feels going kinda off track many times. Screenplay ????? this comes in mind coz its very slow and drags a lot. Whole movie stands one one pillar that's Rajini he reminds you of the charm of Superstar what we all know him as. Radhika Apte has done complete justice to her role and her presence is remembered even after the movie. All other cast has done their best Kishore, Dhansika exceptionally good. Other than Rajini the track Neruppu Da gives some feel good moments throughout the movie, 2 songs are highlight and bgm is pretty good Santosh Narayan has executed the job well. Some scenes you'll feel were not necessary, Pa.Ranjith is talented but less experienced and you can clearly feel it, a lot lot more could have been done. After all you have a powerhouse called Rajinikanth and could have utilized a lot lot more.

Final word do watch it once without expecting you'll love Rajini Sir his screen presence his epic style dialogues. Thalaivar is Back in style.

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Release Date:

22 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La venganza de Kabali See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,157,621, 24 July 2016

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Atmos (RCA Sound Recording)| Dolby (Dolby Atmos)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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