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Kabali (U)

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Duration

2 hrs 32 mins

61  Audience Reviews

311 Ratings

Release Date

22 Jul 2016
Critics Reviews Audience Reviews Updated: August 08, 2016 03:12 PM IST

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Rajinikanth spends many number of years of his life in jail, sacrificing his married life and the happiness of seeing his daughter grow.

Why was he locked up in a Malaysian jail for such a long period of time is shown in the flashback. The rest of the film deals with what Rajini does to get back his lost life and how he achieves his prime task, for which he was jailed all these while.

Rajinikanth steals the show from the very beginning till the end. Kabali might not have the usual Rajinism one expects from a Rajini-starrer, but his acting skills come to the fore and the star actor has absolutely nailed it.

Stand out performances are delivered by Radhika Apte and Riythvika. Kudos to director Pa Ranjith for etching out strong female characters and all of them have done justice to their characters, including Dhansika.

While the first half is pacy with sharp cuts by editor Praveen KL, the second half delves into the emotional side of things as Kabali gets a bit melodramatic.

You might be disappointed if you go into the cinema hall keeping in mind the recent hype and hoopla around Kabali. However, this is definitely Rajinikanth's best in the recent times.


Rajinikanth spends many number of years of his life in jail, sacrificing his married life and the happiness of seeing his daughter grow.

Why was he locked up in a Malaysian jail for such a long period of time is shown in the flashback. The rest of the film deals with what Rajini does to get back his lost life and how he achieves his prime task, for which he was jailed all these while.

Rajinikanth steals the show from the very beginning till the end. Kabali might not have the usual Rajinism one expects from a Rajini-starrer, but his acting skills come to the fore and the star actor has absolutely nailed it.

Stand out performances are delivered by Radhika Apte and Riythvika. Kudos to director Pa Ranjith for etching out strong female characters and all of them have done justice to their characters, including Dhansika.

While the first half is pacy with sharp cuts by editor Praveen KL, the second half delves into the emotional side of things as Kabali gets a bit melodramatic.

You might be disappointed if you go into the cinema hall keeping in mind the recent hype and hoopla around Kabali. However, this is definitely Rajinikanth's best in the recent times.

The film is more of Ranjith’s film than Superstar Rajini’s film. Slow screenplay gets to you sometimes, however the director took ample care and included all the elements that will make Superstar fans go frenzy. Photography by G Murali and music by Santhosh Narayanan elevates the feel of the movie. A definite watch for Rajini fans.

Kabali is head and shoulders above the Superstar's last two outings - Lingaa and Kochadaiiyaan - but it's far from being a shoo in for when they make a blu-ray disc of Rajinikanth's greatest hits.

Rajni's performance as Malaysian welfare-oriented don Kabaleeswaran is one of the major factors that make the film watchable. And while his dubbing leaves a little to be desired, the dialogues are crisp, deep even, his clothes are mighty fine and he infuses a certain old world violent charm on you, whether he's walking, driving or kicking some Asian gangster types' behind.

Verdict:

Overall, it's an enjoyable watch, provided you've got a certain degree of patience and some undying love for Thalaivar.

A middle age man Kabaleeswaram played by Rajinikanth is living happily with his wife (played by Radhika Apte) and daughter in the fast running life of Malaysia. Everything goes fine, until something disastrous happens making his life go upside down. He loses everything he has – his family, his job, the peace in his life.

Rajinikanth’s charisma, his power packed dialogue delivery, amazing action sequences completes this thrilling don saga. ‘Kabali’ will keep you bound to your seat till the end. In fact, none of the viewers will go disappointed after watching Rajinikanth’s performance as a sixty-something don. On the other hand, Radhika Apte’s performance as Rajinikanth’s wife is commendable. This new pair has brought freshness in the cliché romance on the silver screen. They gave their best performance during the scene when Radhika meets Thalaivar after a long time. This scene will surely send down a chill down your nerves.

Verdict:

Overall, ‘Kabali’ stands strong on the expectation of the audience, despite being slow with its pace at some points. A complete entertainment package, this Rajinikanth starrer is a paisa-vasool movie in every sense

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