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Kaala
Kaala Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPa. Ranjith
Produced byDhanush
Written byPa. Ranjith
Aadhavan Dheetchanya
Makizhnan B. M.
(Dialogues)
Starring
Music bySanthosh Narayanan
CinematographyMurali G.
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Production
company
Distributed byLyca Productions
Release date
  • 6 June 2018 (2018-06-06) (Malaysia)[1]
  • 7 June 2018 (2018-06-07) (India)
Running time
159 minutes[2]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Budget140 crore[3]
Box officeest. 150.40–159.56 crore[4][5]

Kaala is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language sociopolitical action drama film written and directed by Pa. Ranjith and produced by Dhanush. Starring Rajinikanth in the lead role,[6][7][8][9] 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.[10][11] Kaala premiered in Malaysia on 6 June 2018,[1] followed by a release in 1,800 theatres in India on 7 June 2018.[12] The film was also dubbed into Telugu and released as Kaala and in Hindi as Kaala Karikalan.[13][14]

Kaala is the first Indian film ever to be released in Saudi Arabia, following the country lifting its ban on public theatres in December 2017.[15][16][17]

Plot

In Mumbai, the people who had migrated from Tamil Nadu are living in the slum of Dharavi. Union Minister Haridev "Hari Dhadha" Abhayankar (Nana Patekar) 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 with the help of his supporter Vishnu Bhai (Sampath Raj). Karikaalan (Rajinikanth), living in Dharavi, opposes it to protect the area and his people. His ex-lover Zareena (Huma Qureshi) returns to Dharavi as a representative non-governmental organization that hopes to improve Dharavi's living standards. Hari Dhadha’s assassination attempt on Kaala kills Kaala’s wife Selvi (Easwari Rao) and elder son Selvam (Dileepan). Kaala decides to take revenge on him and encourages the people to protest against the government. Hari Dhadha creates a curfew in Dharavi with the help of his supporter Inspector Pankaj Patil (Pankaj Tripathi). Kaala fights with Hari Dhadha's henchmen and the police. Kaala's younger son Lenin (Manikandan), daughter-in-law Charumathi "Puyal" (Anjali Patil), and brother-in-law Vaaliyappan (Samuthirakani) fight alongside him. Pankaj gets arrested after a video taken by a reporter Praveen (Ramesh Thilak) provides evidence that the henchmen were brought into Dharavi to create problems with the police's support. The police believes Kaala is dead and informs the media, but the people of Dharavi deny the news of his death. Hari Dhadha enters Dharavi at a function for constructing a new building. Here, Kaala reappears amongst the crowd. Hari Dhadha is killed by the people of Dharavi in a stampede, and the government stops the scheme. With Dharavi's success, many slums start to follow Kaala's way of protest to protect their neighbourhood, irrespective of illegal land occupation.

Cast

Production

Development

Following the commercial success of director Pa. Ranjith's gangster romantic drama Kabali (2016) starring Rajinikanth, actor-producer Dhanush announced that he had signed the duo to work on a new film for his production house, Wunderbar Films during late August 2016.[18] Refuting reports that the film would be a sequel to Kabali, Dhanush announced that production would begin during mid-2017 following the completion of Rajinikanth's work for Shankar's science fiction film 2.0 (2018). In early May 2017, the producers received an open letter from Sundar Shekar Mishra, the foster son of gangster Haji Mastan, threatening that the makers should not depict his father in negative light and if they did, they would face consequences.[19] In reply, Ranjith denied the film was a biopic of Haji Mastan and clarified that the film was based on fictional events, while revealing that Rajinikanth would play a man from Tirunelveli who escapes to Mumbai as a child and goes on to become a powerful don living in Dharavi slums.[20] The title of the film, Kaala was announced in late May 2017, with promotional posters carrying the film's first look released in Tamil, English, Hindi and Telugu.[21][22][23][24][25]

Casting and crew

Following the announcement of the film, Wunderbar Films sought to cast Vidya Balan in a leading role, but the actress turned down the offer.[26] Actress Huma Qureshi was later added to the cast in early May 2017 to feature in a role opposite Rajinikanth.[27][28] Marathi actress Anjali Patil also announced that she would be playing an important role in the film through a post on her official Twitter account.[29] Several members of the technical crew of Kabali were retained for Kaala, with A. Sreekar Prasad replacing Praveen K. L. as the film's editor during its pre-production stage.[30] Bollywood actor Nana Patekar has been signed to play a politician who is the antagonist.[31][32][33] As said earlier, Huma Qureshi is not paired with Rajinikanth; Easwari Rao is doing that role.[32] Dileepan of Vathikuchi fame is playing as one of the sons of Rajnikanth and Huma Qureshi is playing Zareena, Rajnikanth's ex-girlfriend.[34][35]

Filming

Shooting of this film started on 28 May 2017 at Mumbai and the lead actor Rajinikanth participated in this first schedule.[36][37][38][39][40] Due to heavy rains in Mumbai, the team had taken a break and erected a set at Chennai with Mumbai as its backdrop.

Anand Mahindra, chairman and managing director of Mahindra Group, was interested in the jeep which was used in the first look poster of this movie. He tweeted that he would love to acquire that jeep for his company's auto museum.[41][42]

Legal issues

K. Rajashekaran of GSR Vinmeen Creations filed a case claiming the title of this film against Pa Ranjith, Rajnikanth and Dhanush. His allegation was that he had registered the title Kaarikalan with the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce.[43][44] In response, Wunderbar Films filed a counter-affidavit saying the story was written by Pa Ranjith and the title Kaala is registered by M/s Mini Studio, a sister concern of Wunderbar Films, with Tamil Film Producers Council on 24 May 2017.[45]

Soundtrack

Kaala (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released9 May 2018
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LanguageTamil
Telugu
Hindi
LabelWunderbar Studios
Divo
ProducerSanthosh Narayanan
Dhanush
Santhosh Narayanan chronology
Server Sundaram
(2017)
Kaala (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2018)
Mercury
(2018)

Tamil tracklist

Track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Singer(s)Length
1."Semma Weightu"Arunraja Kamaraj, DopeadeliczHariharasudhan, Santhosh Narayanan04:57
2."Thanga Sela"Arunraja KamarajShankar Mahadevan, Pradeep Kumar and Ananthu04:54
3."Katravai Patravai"Kabilan, Arunraja Kamaraj and Roshan JamrockYogi B, Arunraja Kamaraj, Roshan Jamrock and Rajinikanth (Voice Over)03:45
4."Kannamma"Uma DeviPradeep Kumar and Dhee05:14
5."Kannamma (Acapella)"Uma DeviAnanthu02:55
6."Urimayai Meetpom"ArivuVijay Prakash, Ananthu06:44
7."Poraaduvom"Dopeadelicz, LoganDopeadelicz03:35
8."Theruvilakku"Dopeadelicz, LoganDopeadelicz and Muthamil02:51
9."Nikkal Nikkal"Dopeadelicz, LoganDopeadelicz, Vivek and Arunraja Kamaraj02:44
Telugu tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Yama Greattu"Pranav Changanty, DopeadeliczHariharasudhan and Santhosh Narayanan04:57
2."Chittamma"VanamaliPradeep Kumar, Shweta Mohan 
3."Raaye Naa Range Leela"VanamaliShankar Mahadevan, Ananthu and Pradeep Kumar 
4."Nikkal Nikkal"Pranav Changanty and DopeadeliczPranav Changanty and Dopeadelicz 
5."Poradathaam"Pranav Changanty and DopeadeliczPranav Changanty and Dopeadelicz 
6."Nele Maa Hakku"ChandraboseVijay Prakash, Ananthu 
7."Maa Veedhula"Pranav Changanty and DopeadeliczVijaynarain, Pranav Changanty and Dopeadelicz 
8."Onti Thala Raavana"Vanamali, Sreeramakrishna and Roshan JamrockRoshan Jamrock and Arunraja Kamaraj 
Hindi tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Bahut Bhaari Hai"DopeadeliczRohit Fernandes, Santhosh Narayanan04:57
2."Sajna"Varun GroverAnanthu, Shweta Mohan 
3."Sone Ki Tu Ek Murat"KumaarShankar Mahadevan, Ananthu, Pradeep Kumar 
4."Nikkal Nikkal"DopeadeliczDopeadelicz, Arunraja Kamaraj 
5."Inqulab Ke Liye"DopeadeliczDopeadelicz 
6."Dharti Pe Haq Hai"Rakesh Kumar TripathiVijay Prakash, Ananthu 
7."Sadkon Ke Deepak"DopeadeliczVijaynarain and Dopeadelicz 
8."Ik Sar Waale Raavana"Varun Grover and Roshan JamrockRoshan Jamrock, Arunraja Kamaraj 

Critical reception

The Times of India rated the film 3.5 out of 5 and stated that Ranjith owes to his excellent technical crew for "helping him visualise and deliver this 51% Rajini-49% Ranjith movie".[46] The Indian Express rated the movie 3.5 out of 5 and said that,''Ranjith stays true to his objective. The traces of what we saw in Kabali have been fleshed out and beautifully embellished.''.[47] NDTV rated the movie 3 out of 5 stars and stated that Kaala is out and out a director's film with a strong political core. Rajinikanth, in a toned-down avatar, is a bonus.'.[48] Meanwhile, The Hindu criticized the movie for its political elements and rated the film 2 out of 5, stating "an underwhelming film made for Rajinikanth, the politician. It’s difficult to think of Kaala as a film that was written for a star who claims to have had no political ambitions at the time. Now that he has become a politician, it’s Rajni the superstar that we long to see".[49] The Hindustan Times gave its ratings as 4 out of 5 for the movie, stating "Rajinikanth lends his voice to Pa Ranjith’s political viewpoint".[50]

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