Kaala Movie Review

Rating: 3/5

Critic Rating: (3/5)

Movie Name Kaala
Movie Rating 3/5
Movie Cast Rajinikanth, Huma Qureshi, Eeswari Rao, Nana Patekar
Director Pa. Ranjith
Music Director Santhosh Narayanan
Production Company Wunderbar Films
Release Date June 7, 2018

There are some star actors/heroes who require no introduction. Their fans cherish the presence of them on screen, irrespective of the result of film. They enjoy just him and his antics. Superstar Rajinikanth, who is now touted as one of India’s biggest film stars is a phenomenal actor who has a very huge number of followers/fans. His last film Kabali, which was released amidst a very huge expectations failed to entertain audience and was a flop considering his star image. He is now coming again with the same director Pa. Ranjith who delivered a theme based movie in the name of Kabali. He seems to have taken care of Rajini elements in this outing as Kaala as promised by them in the promotions. Dhanush, another star hero and also son in law of Rajini has produced this movie. Let’s see how it works on audience.


Rajinikanth in Kaala
Rajinikanth in Kaala

Karikaalan aka Kaala (Rajinikanth) is a son of Dharavi’s leader Veeraiah who got killed himself for the betterment of the people of Dharavi. Kaala too follow his father’s footsteps and he too becomes the king of Dharavi. People in Dharavi obey his rules and follow him blindly. Kaala takes final call about the happenings of Dharavi and this irks the politicians and builders who try to evacuate Dharavi slums and build lavish apartments and villas and also small homes for Dharavi people. They try their level best to get hold of Dharavi and to get upper hand over Kaala. How Kaala serve the interests of people and save Dharavi from the selfish politicians who are trying to cash the boom around Dharavi?

Cast and performance

Superstar Rajinikanth as Karikaalan aka Kaala has done fantastic work as an actor. He is as usually best in his style and body language and has given vera level goosebumps to his audience. Nana Patekar is terrific in his role as a selfish politician who wants to cash and grow on people and their sufferings. He has given his best for the role. Huma Qureshi is good as Zareena, the love of Kaala in his younger days. Eswari Rao as Swarna, wife of Kaala is superb. She has got best opportunity and shines in the role. Samuthirakani as friend of Kaala is nice. Sampath as Hari Dadha’s man is fine. Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil and some other Hindi actors shine in their limited roles. All other actors has given performance according to their roles.

Writing Department

Kaala Telugu Review
Kaala Telugu Review

Story of Kaala is simple and has a theme about slums of India. Screenplay is well written with mass elements to satisfy hardcore fans and audience alike. Dialogues just seemed like translation of the original which are funny sometimes.

Technical Departments

Songs composed by Santosh Narayan are okay. May be the tunes are spoiled by translated lyrics. Background score he composed works well. Cinematography by Murali is nice and editing is fine. Art department has done a great work. Productions values are apt.


Brand Rajinikanth
Mass elements
Background score by Santosh Narayan
Cinematography by Murali


Slow pace
Funny dubbing voices


Kaala is a battle between the oppressed sections of people in slums and politicians aka oppressors who take the people of granted. In this movie, writer and director Pa. Ranjith has taken Dharavi as an example and run the story in his way including Rajini style of mass elements. Pa Ranjith seems to have known the mistake he has done with Kabali and the result is Kaala which has blockbuster content packaged into it. The actors he had chosen for the roles has done fantastic work. There is a scene in the second half of the movie which plays a mirror role to reflect the ideology or theme of Kaala, character and the movie. When oppressors resort to the damage of self respect of people, people resort to revolts and movements to get their rights heard and their existence noticed. On the whole, Kaala is a blockbuster from the brand Rajini.

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