Thursday November 21, 2019

The Trailer of Rajinikanth’s new Film ‘Kaala’ Shows He Is Serious About Politics

Rajinikanth not only plays the hero of the farmers a la Aamir Khan in "Lagaan" without the dhoti, he also takes on Nana as only he can.

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Rajinikanth plays the hero of the farmers. Wikimedia

‘Kaala’ Rajinikanth, it seems, is the son of the soil. Dark (kaala) thoughts are vanquished as he seethes against those who toil to torment the farmer. He rages against the landlord played by Nana Patekar, who it is quite clear from the trailer’s first shot, is a formidable adversary for our hero. Rajinikanth not only plays the hero of the farmers a la Aamir Khan in “Lagaan” without the dhoti, he also takes on Nana as only he can.

Interestingly, Nana plays a nuanced, scholarly adversary. So we can safely assume that this time Rajinikanth’s herogiri won’t be offset by plain unalloyed evil. This is a more complex villain. Nana addresses the masses and refuses to be a snarling lip-curling villain. That he insisted on learning the Tamil language from scratch for this part is a measure of the actor’s diligent commitment to getting it right.

We can safely assume the confrontational episodes between Nana and Rajnikanth will give a centrifugal force to what otherwise looks like a film designed to exploit the plight of farmers by pinning their exploitation to a suave refined adversary.

“To you, land is power. To us, (the masses), it is life,” says Rajinikanth to Nana.

Dark (kaala) thoughts are vanquished as he seethes against those who toil to torment the farmer.

‘Kaala’ Rajinikanth, it seems, is the son of the soil. Wikimedia

Why do I feel Nana would still get more applause than the hero in every state barring Tamil Nadu? Is the tenor of the trailer to blame for this unintentional leaning towards the wrong side?

At one point, Nana’s Maharashtrian character refers to Rajinikanth as ‘Raavan’. This is a subversive reading of the Ramayan popular in the south wherein Raavan is interpreted as a scholar and a nobleman who was destroyed by his passion for Sita.

Speaking of Rajini’s women, there is Easwari Rao as Rajinikanth’s “cutely bucolic” wife. They seem to share the same “cute” relationship that Rajinikanth and Radhika Apte did in his last film. Rajini is shown as an indulgent husband. But he is also shown to be courting another woman, played by Huma Qureshi (who of course speaks in a voice far removed from her own).

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When you are the ‘Maharaja of The Masses’, you are entitled to your little side attractions. And you can be called “kaala” even if it sounds as racial as Roseanne Barr’s tweet that prompted her show on the ABC channel to be cancelled.

Rajinikanth can get away with anything. He is the hero that Indian cinema deserves. (IANS)

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Rapper Badshah has Newfound Respect for Actors, Filmmakers After Acting Debut

"Khandaani Shafakhana" will be aired on Sony MAX on November 22

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Badshah. Flickr

Rapper Badshah made his acting debut this year and he says now he has newfound respect for filmmakers and actors.

Although the film “Khandaani Shafakhana”, which marked his debut as an actor, failed to create fireworks at the box office, his experience of working on it will “always be one of the biggest learning experiences of my life”.

“I was lucky to be part of a tremendous team who were more of friends and made me feel very comfortable with what I was doing. It was amazing to be among such hardworking people as Sonakshi (Sinha). Playing Gabru was both, difficult and easy for me because I had seen so many Punjabi pop stars while growing up and I already had a character lay out in mind,” he said.

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Collaboration helps to broaden horizon, says rapper Badshah. Flickr

“It was while executing it in front of the camera, with his own nuances and then the complete transition in the last courtroom scene, was the challenge,” he added.

His co-star Sonakshi had played a “very important role” in helping him decide and go ahead with the film.

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“She read the script first and had recommended my name. When I spoke to her, she made me go for it. I did not have to prepare much for the role. I had a certain image of Gabru in my mind from the moment I heard the script and I was just going with the flow. I definitely have a lot of newfound respect for filmmakers and actors after this experience. I think the whole process was a lot of fun,” said Badshah.

“Khandaani Shafakhana” will be aired on Sony MAX on November 22. (IANS)