Kabali Tamil gangster-drama film written and directed by Pa. Ranjith. The film stars Rajinikanth as the title character, whilst Taiwanese actor Winston Chao, Radhika Apte, Dhansika, Dinesh Ravi, Kalaiyarasan, and John Vijay star in other pivotal roles. Produced by Kalaipuli S. Thanu. Music by Santhosh Narayanan. Cinematography G. Murali.
Gangster Kabali (Rajinikanth) is released from Malaysia jail after 25 years. He hunts for his rivals. Shoot-outs happen. He also supports a foundation Free Life that rehabilitates drug addicts and gangsters. The kids at this foundation’s school ask him to narrate his story. In a flashback, the story of his rise as gangster, how he married Kumuthavalli (Radhika Apte) and the incident that put him in jail is told. In a sudden development, he meets his daughter (Dhansika). Later a drug lord tells him that his wife is also alive. He and his daughter now head to India to search Kumuthavalli.
Rajanikanth nailed it with his look, styling and performance. He is absolutely flawless and supremely stylish in the don character. Radhika Apte is aptly cast as Rajni’s wife. John Vijay has done a good supporting role. Winston Chao is the perfect antagonist. He is ruthless. Kishore also adds spices as baddie. Dhanshika, Dinesh, Kalaiarasan have done justice to their roles. Director Pa. Ranjith had a saleable premise and most of all got the nod from the superstar. He should have put in excessive effort to make it a memorable film. Santosh Narayan’s background score is impressive. Cinematography is an asset. Editing could have been crisp. Art department did a fine job. Dialogues are a huge drawback.
Rating – 3/5