Regional cinemas are making bigger waves than Bollywood and for the right reasons as well! Superstar Rajinikanth’s film ‘Kaala’ opens to cine-goers today, and the love for the film has sparked celebrations in many parts of India. Among stars, controversies, celebrations and fandom, here is all you need to know from the release of the much awaited crime thriller.
Superstar Rajinikanth makes a comeback to the cinema halls with Kaala, a gangster flick that is interestingly set in the backdrops of Mumbai’s Dharavi. The film follows the journey of Kaala (played by Rajinikanth) who runs away from his home as a child and moves to Mumbai, where he becomes a powerful don living in the slums of Dharavi. The wait is over for the millions of fans around the country who have been eagerly waiting for what they’ve termed ‘the most anticipated film yet’. Directed by PA Ranjith and produced by Dhanush, Kaala Stars Rajinikanth alongside Huma Qureshi, Easwari Rao, Nana Patekar, Pankaj Tripathi and Anjali Patil.
Following the release of the film, fans have honoured Rajinikanth’s return with custom celebrations that include Turmeric water, milk and floral arrangements. Although the film got off on a slow start with an unusually low pre-booking phase, the fans have come together in support of the film and the return of their hero – Rajinikanth. Fans in Chennai cheer the film on and had even set firecrackers since the break of dawn. They have stated “there is only one superstar and his name is Rajinikanth.”
Kaala has also received an intense amount of controversies in Karnataka. Rajinikanth’s comments on the Cauvery water issue followed up by another incident where he described the anti-sterlite protestors as ‘anti-social elements’ have not been taken well. Although the protestors demand to ban the film have been refused by the Supreme Court, chaos on the streets seem to be the order of the day in Bangalore.
Amidst the controversies behind the film, Kaala has also been well received by critics who claim –
“If you are in the mood to watch a hyper-stylised tale about the trials, triumphs and the indefatigable grit of Mumbai slum-dwellers living in Dharavi, then give this film a shot.” - Gulf news
“Thalaiva Rajini’s mass elevation within a stylish manner especially in Flyover fight, Interval block and Police Station scenes. Pro-Poor Theme with Rajini political aspiration dialogues honestly sticking to the core theme.” Telugu 360
Kaala has found a way forward amidst political tensions. The film has also broken a new record as it became the first Indian film to release in Saudi Arabia. Although questioned, Rajinikanth’s return to cinema has been nothing short of an epic comeback!