Kabali (Tamil) - Review

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Sure, Rajinikanth hasn't lost his swag. But, equally surely it can be used in better films.



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Kabali was always going to be 100% about Rajinikanth's super stardom. It was going to be about his action, his style, his persona. The character Kabali would be designed to suit that purpose. Unfortunately, it doesn't blend well at all with this attempt at “gang war with a heart”.

I shudder as I say that maybe a star vehicle like this is better off without a story rather than having botched attempts at drama and emotion under the garb of action. It makes just every thing seem forced - even the action, even the supposedly “cool” lines.

In fact, even Kabali's catchphrase is outright lame. It all boils down to Rajinikanth's delivery to make it as stylish as he possibly could. And yet it doesn't work. Other than that then, he plays his suave best. One scene in which he is overwhelmed by emotion stands out giving you a glimpse of what the actor can do despite the star in him.

The rest of the film is only to serve the over-arching purpose called “Rajinikanth”. In that too, Radhika Apte tries to hold her ground. You can tell she is trying to blend into the genre but can't help herself every once in a while. The other members of the cast overdo everything with shrills. It becomes repetitive and annoying.

In its own way it is a boon that the focus is never too far away from Rajinikanth. At least the target audience is happy. Though I must say I heard a couple of them restless for the interval. The second half had enough emotional mumbo-jumbo for even me to hope that the next double-crossing was around the corner.

I was looking forward to the audience hooting at Rajinikanth's swag to keep me smiling for 2.5 hours. But, that didn't quite happen after the first five minutes of his expectedly stylish entry. I wonder why.

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*It is cosmic intervention that this movie is the 1212th one in the wogma database. Or maybe it is just the Rajini force.

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

Parental guidance: - Violence: Lots of fist and gun fights. Very bloody. - Language: Clean. A couple of abusive words silenced out. - Nudity & Sexual content: None - Concept: Gang wars

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 1
  • Story: 1
  • Lead Actors: 2
  • Character Artists: 1
  • Dialogues: 1
  • Screenplay: 0.5
  • Music Director: 0.5
  • Lyrics: 1

Kabali - Movie Details

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Rajnikanth has disappointed in the last few outings (Lingaa, Kochadiyaan).

Hoping to be positively surprised this time around.


@Fan I surely hope so!

Pankaj Patil:

Indeed the Rajni effect...coz 12-12 is also his Date of Birth !!

ehinome okojie:

Robot 2 is coming.


Yet another mediocre movie breaking box office records only thanks to its star power. Choosing star power over content is an unfortunate fact of the Indian audience, both urban and mass alike. That's the precise reason why an above average film like Sultan sees over 3 crore footfalls while an equally above average film like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag sees just 1.3 cr footfalls.

Abhishek Sagar:

Awesome Movie by mr. rajnikant, he is called god of south cinema for a reason. amazing acting and style.

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