Verdict - Kaala is both a Rajinikanth and Pa Ranjith show and that is the most satisfying thing about this affair.
Kabali let us down in more ways than one and I’m open to debate with anyone with whoever thinks otherwise. Pa Ranjith gave us hope teaming up with Thala for he is one of the trusted few to let his story talk. What turned out to be was an over the top heroic displaying of Rajinikanth replicating the countless rendering of the same. Kaala’s announcement hence made us skeptical. I wasn’t very sure of what Ranjith was going to with Rajini this time. Will it be a redemption? Will he go with the flow and follow box office?
What Ranjith does here is something really special. With this trademark style of treating a film, he has left Kaala to be a product of his own imaginations coupled with the Rajini mania in ample doses. It makes him a hero but also humanizes him. Humanizing Rajinikanth for me is one of the biggest victories of this film. The story as it suggests is about a man representing Tamil migrants to Mumbai’s Dharavi slum. The messiah that he is, later gets challenged by the avaricious intentions of land mafias. What follows is an exciting narration of conflict and a battle between good vs bad.
While Rajini’s chemistry Easwari Rao who plays his wife is endearing, the Huma Qureshi track just somehow leaves you unconvinced. The film finds its pace in progression and absorbs you in its story by the half way mark. The post interval scenes including the climax are a real belter. While Rajini carries the film for the most part in the first half, I have no qualms in stating the load is shared once Nana Patekar joins in. The veteran actor is at his absolute best and just spices up proceedings to the highest. The confrontational scenes between him and the superstar are just pure gold. Now that is the joy we would have been starved of had Rajini not been humanized.
Rajinikanth and Nana Patekar together rocked this one and we couldn't be happier. Kaala is a must watch