Man of ‘Magizhchi’
The story starts in a Malaysian jail, and higher officials decide to release Kabali (Rajinikanth), who has spent quarter century in prison, after fighting for the rights of Tamils there.
Kabali does a lot of good things from inside the prison itself and this earns him enormous goodwill among the Tamil people there.
As he gets released, he is saddened to see the plight of Tamils, who are being misused for illegal activities for a gang called 43, headed by Tony Lee (Winston Chao).
Even as he takes all steps to end the menace, he also finds that his wife Kumudhavalli (Radhika Apte) and daughter, whome he thinks are no more, are alive.
When he meet them after a long time, more and more hurdles crop up before him. Does he overcome or not is the rest of ‘Kabali’
Rajinikanth is back and this time with more style and power. The one-man army elevates the mood of the movie. We just can’t take our eyes off him, as he wows us scene after scene with his stunning performance and looks.
Ranjith, who has understood the magic of the Superstar, provides us enough moments to relish. At the same time, the ‘Madras’ director has left his stamp all over, and drives his message– the need to uplift the oppressed communities.
While some messages are open, certain things are hidden in a smart way (like the ‘My Father Baliah’ book read by Rajini in jail). Radhika Apte has bagged a meaty role and handles it with aplomb. Dhanshika is explosive.
Santhosh Narayanan’s songs (most of the songs are montages) and background score are very good, while Murali’s cinematography has captured the rich locations of Malaysia in a beautiful manner. Praveen’s editing is razor sharp.
On the whole, Kabali is a complete treat to Rajini fans. At the same time, it also is a Ranjith film (watch out the open ended climax). Watch it, feel it, enjoy it and think about it.