Kabali Movie Review: Rajini’s Swag is Intact, But the Film Needed More than That

In a scene from Pa.Ranjith’s Kabali we see an ageing gangster attend a graduation ceremony at a rehabilitation centre which is close to his heart. Kabaleeshwaran (Rajinikanth) is recently out of jail after 25 years and is still trying to find out some answers. The students ask him various questions, on his past life-how he became a gangster, how he landed up in jail, about his marriage etc. One of them, Meena (Riythvika) even asks as to how did Kumudhavalli (Radhika Apte) fall in love with a dark looking guy like him and pat comes the reply that it’s all about the power of black colour. Now this seemingly simple dialogue is what makes it fun to watch a Rajini film, the fans love it and even the others will certainly smile on hearing this. Cut to another scene, this time in a 5 star hotel room in Chennai where Kabali and his daughter Yogi (Dhansika) are startled to hear the doorbell ring quite a few times, only to realise that the person at the door is none other than their local support provider.Continue reading “Kabali Movie Review: Rajini’s Swag is Intact, But the Film Needed More than That”

Kabali: A Quick Review

 

Kabali Poster 10It is confirmed now that this is Kalyug: Tarzan is a family man, Superman is emotional, Batman spends more time with his girlfriend and Rajinikant has become old!!! I always thought age can never catch up with Rajini, only Rajini can catch up with age (my original :P). But Pa. Ranjith (director of Kabali) has proved me wrong. For our consolation, he has given us Radhika Apte as Kabali’s wife and Dhansika in one of her hottest roles.

Kabali (Rajini) is the ‘Robinhood Don’ of the Tamils in Malaysia as he takes over from his godfather (Naseer) and fights Tony (Winston Chao). But unlike Marlon Brando who plots and kills slyly, Kabali believes in style- driving over his opponents or shooting them on a billiards table. After all, his wife has been killed and he is looking for vendetta after being released from prison.Continue reading “Kabali: A Quick Review”

Thirudan Police Movie Review: Fun Cop, Funnier Villain

Blending two differing genres into a new storytelling twist, or what I like to call a ‘cocktail’ genre is something which has not been explored in South Indian cinema. A movie of this ‘cocktail’ genre typically impresses with the twist. By the twist, I don’t mean the usual plot twist that we have become so accustomed to. Its the art of telling a story, with a fresh perspective or in a hitherto overlooked angle. Regardless of whether or not such cocktail works receive uniform critical acclaim, they are—at the very least—fun for the masses, refreshing for the audience who are expecting the usual and most often go on to become crowd favorites. This week’s new release ‘Thirudan Police’ directed by newcomer Caarthick Raju falls under this category.Continue reading “Thirudan Police Movie Review: Fun Cop, Funnier Villain”

Mouna Guru Movie Review: The Power of Silence

What would your expectation be from a film whose writer-director is unknown, whose hero is just 2 films old and his claim to fame is his family lineage, whose supporting cast is again comprised largely of unknown names, whose technical crew comprises of some well known people but not formidable enough to bring in the crowd purely by themselves? Well in all probability the answer to this would be zero or minimal expectation only and that’s what happened in my case as well with the Tamil film Mouna Guru, that’s just been released last friday ( 16th December ).Continue reading “Mouna Guru Movie Review: The Power of Silence”