Kabaleeswaran aka Kabali (Rajinikanth) is a man who lives life with a purpose. He never allows anyone around him go into wrong path. His wife Kundhanavalli (Radhika Apte) helps him out in all endeavors. He becomes gangster with the ideals of Seetharamaraju (Nassar) and ends up in jail. He is released after 30 years after a deep thinking by the authorities. He finds that Kuala Lumpur has gone against his ideals while he is away in jail and he start to sort out all the problems.His family is destroyed by Tony (Winston Chao) with him being in jail. Kabaali goes on revenge on Tony for all the problems he created to people and him. How Kabaali do this forms the rest of the story.
Cast and Performance
Superstar Rajinikanth is terrific as Kabaali. He pulled of his role with a lot of intensity and style. When he is doing a gangster based movie, one will definitely expect his mannerisms and style to be same as Baasha, but he surpassed this and made it a delight with his Kabaali swag. Radhika Apte is perfect for her role and complements Rajinikanth well in all the scenes. The Malaysian villain, Winston Chao is a great finding and stands up as a perfect villain against Rajinikanth. Tamil actor, Dinesh as Jeeva is good and performed well. Dhansika as sniper is well. Rithvika as Meena, a drug addict did well in her portions. Kalairasan is role. John Vijay is perfect. Nassar as Seetharamaraju is good.
Other actors from Tamil industry performed well to the extent of their roles.
Story by Pa Ranjith is simple and good. Dialogues by him and Sahithi together are okay. Screenplay is slow.
Songs composed by Santosh Narayan ranges from good to average. He has given his best for the background music and is definitely one of the highlights of the movie and one of the best in his career. Cinematography by G Murali, who works with Pa Ranjith regularly completely complemented the vision and sensibilities of Pa Ranjith and did a very fine job. Editor Praveen did his job well despite some still to be made cuts. Stunts and action sequences are very well choreographed and etched. Production values of V creations are super rich.
- Superstar Rajinikanth
- Cinematography by G Murali
- Background score by Santosh Narayan
- Slow pace of the movie
Kabaali starts with the intro of gangsters and their own interests with a voice over. It then goes into jail where Kabaali is captivated in. Introduction of Rajinikanth is done so simple yet in pure Pa Ranjith’s style with a book named “My father is Ballaiah”. Director Pa Ranjith narrated the story with each and every detailing from the first frame itself. Generally audience expect a very racy movie from Rajinikanth, but, this movie is an exception to that which is purely made with the sensibilities of Pa Ranjith. Director Pa Ranjith sticked to his story and does not deviate even to show the heroism of Rajinikanth. It is more Pa Ranjith film than Superstar Rajinikanth’s film. To sum up, Kabaali js a visual narrative of a gangster who has ideals for the people.