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Kaala (2018)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 6 June 2018 (USA)
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Kaala is about the life of Nellai / Tirunelveli based Tamils who live in large number in Mumbai.


Pa. Ranjith


Shivgopal Krishna (hindi dialogue), Maginan (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rajinikanth ... Karikaalan
Nana Patekar ... Haridev Abhayankar
Easwari Rao ... Selvi
Huma Qureshi ... Zareena
Samuthirakani ... Vaaliyappa
Anjali Patil ... Puyal Charumathi Gaekwad
Dileepan Dileepan ... Selvam
Manikandan Manikandan ... Lenin
Mithun Rajakumar Mithun Rajakumar ... Kaala's Grandson
Aravind Akash Aravind Akash ... Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Sayaji Shinde ... Minister
Sampath Raj ... Vishnu Bhai
Ramesh Thilak ... Press Reporter
Nithish Nithish ... Kathiravan


The people who had migrated from Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu live in Dharavi slum in Mumbai. The Union Minister Haridev Abhayankar alias Hari Dada (Nana Patekar), previously a gangster, tries to evict people and seize the land of Dharavi. He comes up with a plan of promising furnished homes to people through a Government scheme with the help of Vishnu Bhai (Sampath Raj). But Karikaalan alias Kaala (Rajinikanth), the leader of Dharavi, stands in his way to protect the area. Zareena, ex-girlfriend of Kaala, returns from Africa as the head of an NGO to improve the living standards in Dharavi. Hari Dada's failed attempts to kill Kaala in order to take control over the area leads to the death of Kaala's wife (Easwari Rao) and elder son Selvam (Dileepan). Kaala encourages people of Dharavi to protest in spite of Hari Dada constantly creating problems for them. Written by Nagaraju (https://www.telugumovieanalysis.xyz/)

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Also Known As:

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Karikaalan: Land belonged to someone else before us, and it will belong to someone else after we're gone. You can't take even the dirt on your grave with you. So why act in such a way?
Haridev Abhayankar: What you have said, I know very well. But even if all I can get is the dirt on my grave, I will be very happy. Is there a problem?
Karikaalan: There is a problem! To me, land is life. To you, land is only power!
Haridev Abhayankar: And power is my life.
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For the UK release, cuts to violence were made in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


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Better than Kabaali !
7 June 2018 | by DhyaneshRSee all my reviews

I will start off by stating this. I have tried my best to reveal any kind of spoilers and I may have to leave out parts due to this. Also, I don't consider myself to be an established film critique. The following is just my personal opinions and observations as a Tamil movie enthusiast and also as someone who follows the Kollywood undercurrents closely.

Kaala is a Pa.Ranjith's movie more than a Superstar Rajinikanth's movie.

First off, thanks to Ranjith for not casting any of his usual supporting actors like Kalaiarasan, Riythvika or Attakathi dinesh. Despite their stellar on-screen performances, their presence in Kabaali's crew left a cliqueish feel(in real-life) among the movie watchers and had a negative effect to be honest. It is so fresh to see new faces(atleast new to Ranjith's cast) in the movie. The cast couldn't have been better for this story.

Now coming to the story and screenplay, the movie, as usual, has strong undertones of the director's political idealogies, infact very similar to madras and Kabaali. The downtrodden versus the establishment/power-structure. I will say that the screenplay is very engaging until the last 20 minutes. Rajnikanth's casting can be classified as 'never on screen before'. Unlike most Rajni's movies, screentime is shared among supporting actors(kinda like Madras if I may say so) and all the supporting actors have played their roles to perfection. Special mention to Easwari Rao, Dileepan(Vathikutchi fame!), Samuthirakani and Nana Patekhar. The movie keeps the audience absorbed for the most part. Most of the emotion is conveyed and gets through to the audience(thanks to Santosh Narayan's magical music). Without giving away any spoilers, I was able to understand whatever the director was trying to say until the last 20-30 minutes after which it kind of gets into a grey area. I felt there were unnecessary analogies drawn to Mahabaratham and Ramayanam and to be honest we got restless towards the end. Too much hype and build-up to nothing but oblivion at the end.Imagine waiting for Deepavali all year long then lighting a flower pot on Deepavali and running back to safety to enjoy the fireworks only to find that this particular one is a no-show. That's exactly how I felt towards the end of the movie.

Rajini's acting has been amazing and his portrayal of the character 'Kaala' is impeccable. The other notable aspect of the story is the full-blown, direct and vehement attack on the country's PM and his party. There are no stones left unturned and there is even a dig at an elected representative named H.Jara(!). I'm waiting for the possible political debate this movie is going to stir-up especially due to the current scenario and recent incidents in TN.

The actors have done their part perfectly and put in a one hundred percent. One can't ask for a better music and BGM. Ranjith has definitely amped up his screenplay game compared to Kabaali. The screenplay is beautifully woven for most parts and except for the last few minutes the movie is so engaging. He seems to have lost something towards the end of the movie which I can't put a finger on too. Maybe there is no proper closure ? Also what's with the rebel dancer/rap/hip-hop youngsters in all your movies, Ranjith? This movie may not be a milestone in Rajni's box-office blockbusters but I believe it is definitely going to be a milestone movie in his political career.

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