Kaala is a 2018 Indian Tamil language political drama film written and directed by Pa. Ranjith and produced by Dhanush under his banner Wunderbar Films. Starring Rajinikanth in the lead role, the film was announced in 2016. The film was earlier scheduled to be released on 27 April 2018 but was postponed to June due to the standoff between Nadigar Sangam and Digital Service Providers on the increase of virtual print fee charges along with the 2018 Tamil Nadu protests for Kaveri water sharing issue which also led to the delay in release of other Tamil films. Kaala premiered in Malaysia on 6 June 2018, followed by a release in 1,800 theatres in India on 7 June 2018.
Synopsis: In Mumbai, the people who had migrated from Tirunelveli District,Tamil Nadu are living in the Dharavi slum. An union minister Haridev "Hari Dhadha" Abhayankar (Nana Patekar) previously a gangster who had carried out many attacks in Dharavi, tries to evict the people and seize their land. Over the years he becomes a minister and plans to clear the area to construct buildings using his construction company in the form of government scheme with the help of his supporter Vishnu Bhai (Sampath Raj). But, Karikaalan aka Kaala (Rajinikanth) the leader of Dharavi opposes it to protect the area and his people. His ex-lover Zareena (Huma Qureshi) returns as a construction executive hoping to improve the living standards of the Dharavi people without knowing the hidden intentions of Hari Dhadha. Hari Dhadha tries to kill Kaala many times and take control of the area, but fails as Kaala foils all his plans. In a turn of events, Hari Dhadha kills Kaala's wife Selvi (Easwari Rao) and older son Selvam (Dileepan). Kaala decides to take revenge on him and protect his people. Hari Dhadha threatens the people in Dharavi by creating a lot of problems, but Kaala encourages the people to protest against the government in order to give up the scheme. Hari Dhadha creates a curfew in Dharavi by using the help of police inspector Pankaj Patil (Pankaj Tripathi), who is his supporter. Along with some policemen and Hari Dhadha's right hand man Sunil (Ravi Kale), the inspector carries out sudden attacks. Kaala fights with Hari Dhadha's henchmen and the police. Kaala's younger son Lenin (Manikandan), his future daughter-in-law Charumathi "Puyal" Gaekwad (Anjali Patil) and his brother-in-law Vaaliyappan (Samuthirakani) also fight alongside him. Pankaj Patil gets arrested, after a video taken by a reporter (Ramesh Thilak) during the curfew provides evidence that the henchmen were brought into Dharavi to create problems with the police inspector's support. The police believe that Kaala is dead and inform the media. But, the people Dharavi refuse to believe the news. Hari Dhadha again enters Dharavi at a function for constructing a new building. Here, Hari Dhadha begin to hallucinate seeing Kaala among the crowd and begins to behave erratically. He is then killed by the people of Dharavi and the scheme is stopped by the government. With the success of Dharavi, many slums all around India start to follow Kaala's way of protest to protect their neighbourhood.
Directed by – Pa. Ranjith
Produced by – Dhanush
Written by – Pa. Ranjith, Aadhavan Dheetchanya, K. Makizhan (Dialogues)
Starring – Rajinikanth, Nana Patekar, Samuthirakani, Easwari Rao, Huma Qureshi
Music by – Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography – Murali G.
Edited by – A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company – Wunderbar Films
Distributed by – Lyca Productions
Review by Popular Radio personality RJ Gaurav.
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