Starring: Rajnikanth, Winston Chao, Radhika Apte.
Dir by Pa. Ranjith.
Kabali is not really a movie, it is an advertising phenomenon. Once again, a film which could have done much, especially with Rajni and a director with promise, Ranjith, fails on many fronts. Part of this is perhaps a reaction to the extreme hype surrounding the film. Part is also due to the problems in the film itself, problems which have led to an outpouring of witty criticisms in Tamil from even devout fans. That really means something.
Kabali is yet another gangster film, except that it is situated in Malaysia. But there is more to it, since the issue of gangsterism in Malaysia is intimately related to Malaysians of Indian origin. But what does it mean to make an Indian film with a Tamil superhero speaking on behalf of Malaysian Tamils?
The fundamental problem in imposing a Tamil consciousness, from...