Rajinikanth's Kaala has created a great impact in the hearts of the audiences. The film, that has got a pan Indian release makes a statement about the current state of affairs in the nation. In fact, it highlights a lot of problems, probably so much that things even jumble up, but it is a film made with good intent.
I got to watch the film yesterday and no, I do not want to review the film here (that will be a long review that I will save up for later). In this article, I just wish to resolve one flaw in the film that has not left me even after I left the theatre. I am talking about the age dynamics in the film.
Well, to begin with, it had been extremely difficult for me to digest the fact that Huma Qureshi plays Rajinikanth's ex-girlfriend. Other than the visible signs that the two share it is definitely one of the laziest casting attempts ever made. What would have been the harm if an older actress was chosen for the role?
Well, while I just asked myself why for quite sometime after Zarina's entry I came to a resolution to be able to concentrate on the film.
Granddad Kaala, with all his grandchildren, might be around 50 years old. If you have had an early marriage, that is still prevalent in many parts of India, it is not really impossible. If we also exercise some willing suspension of disbelief and forget about their real life age, we might come to a resolution, with difficulty of course.
Just as I had made peace with this mental mathematics and stopped this self-disillusionment, there came a bigger shock. In one scene, Rajinikanth is shown celebrating his "satvi saalgira" or 60th anniversary!
Yes, this man, who has been humanized quite a lot but is yet able to beat the shit out of 10 people single-handedly with ease is an 80-year-old. Ok, for a little ease, let us consider that he is between 75-80.
And yeti could not make peace with myself or the film!
Have a solution to my utter disillusionment at the age dynamics in Kaala? Let me know in the comments section!