Tuesday July 23, 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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he also takes on Nana as only he can.
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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Bollywood Stars Want to Challenge Themselves with Fitness Goals

Purohit feels the definition of fitness has changed over the years

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Model Kareena Kapoor khan. Flickr

Bollywood actresses, including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sara Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, want to push themselves beyond good looks, says celebrity trainer Namrata Purohit.

Purohit, who has a long list of celebrity clients like Kareena, Sara, Janhvi Kapoor, Sonakshi and Malaika Arora, said that actors have started looking at fitness holistically.

“All of them (actors) are extremely dedicated. All of them look at fitness as a whole. They want to be strong. They want to challenge themselves further,” Purohit told IANS via a recorded response.

“They don’t want to limit themselves that ‘I am looking good but that’s it’. They want to push themselves beyond that… And it is extremely aspirational to see how they push themselves, even after hectic work schedule… They still try to make it to work out (sessions) for a healthy life,” added the fitness expert, who associated with AXN’s property “Next Top Model” for the campaign ‘You Have it in You’.

Malaika Arora
Malaika Arora is among the fittest bollywood actresses. 

Purohit feels the definition of fitness has changed over the years.

“People now look at fitness not just about the way you look but also about the way you feel… People now associate fitness with strength, balance and stability.

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“Before, it was only about the way you look. Usually people would call someone who is skinny as fit. That has changed. People have understood skinny is skinny and fit is fit.”

Purohit believes fitness and good diet go hand-in-hand. “Both are extremely important to live a healthy life. Food and fitness are important for all aspects. Exercise releases toxins which makes you feel good,” she said. (IANS)