Kabali (2016)

Tamil 2 hrs 32 mins Action, Drama
66 %
Total Reviews: 63
Sahi: 41 Nahi: 22

Review Summary: Kabali is exciting cinema. Rajni fans will not be disappointed!

Average Critic Rating: (2.83)
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Release Date:
Est. Budget: 90.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 190.0 CR

Plot: Kabali is an upcoming 2016 Indian Tamil-language gangster-drama film written and directed by Pa. Ranjith. The film stars Rajinikanth as the title character, whilst Taiwanese actor Winston Chao, Radhika Apte, Dhansika, Dinesh Ravi, Kalaiyarasan, and John Vijay star in other pivotal roles. Principal photography for the film began on 21... Read more

Kabali - Movie Reviews

Kabali left me bewildered and exhausted
Film Companion
Despite the political sincerity, this film nothing new to say or offer
Rediff
Wish we could say the same about the film. But that shouldn't make any difference to the army of Rajini fans out there.
Kabali has nothing new to say or offer, besides Rajinikanth playing his age
Rediff
Rajni still commands the screen, but the film is a bloated mess
Rajeev Masand
Kabali is a Rajinikanth vehicle fuelled by his indomitable image as the man of the masses
SKJ Bollywood News
An unsatifying clash between the impulses of star and director
The Hindu
Rajnikanth's Nayagan
India Today
Go with less expectations and enjoy
Studio Flicks
Kabali ends up as a below average outing with not much entertainment going its way. All those who are hellbent on watching this film, our suggestion is to keep their expectations in check other wise they can get disappointed big time.
Telugu123
Despite the political sincerity, this film doesn'€™t really have much to say that is new or much to offer
Sen City
A fresh, rocking album that would be well-liked by all the old and young fans of the superstar
Filmfare
Though heavily hyped this film is just an average outing
Tharai Ticketu
A great honour to Thalaivar for making the show mesmerising and Radhika Apte was fantastic.
Tech Facts Live
The story, perhaps, needed a tighter screenplay, but watch it for 'Thalaivar athiradi'. Nothing more, nothing less!
Times of India
This is really not a Rajini film, it is a Ranjith is film, and that is perhaps Kabali's strength and weakness
The Times of India
'Kabali' doesn't need anything but Rajinikanth on screen for it to work
The Kathmandu Post
Vintage Rajini stands tall in quixotic don saga
New Indian Express
Watching a Rajnikanth film in Mumbai's Aurora Theatre can only be compared to watching a Salman Khan film in Bandra’s Gaiety-Galaxy, but multiplied 100 times over
It is strongly recommended family entertainer and a must watch movie of the year. Don’t miss it…!
The Media Times
Being superstar’s movie, the director must have worked much more on script to deliver a good content. Rajnikanth is seen in a totally different way who is not much furious. He is seen as a subtle Don. The movie is purely for Rajni’s die-hard fans and must watch for people who want to have a look at the new Rajnikanth.
TeluguMirchi
अगर रजनीकांत के डाय हार्ट फैन हैं तो देखें 'कबाली'
Bhaskar
If not for the hype and stunning trailer, which promised an all-out Rajini masala entertainer, Kabali would have been far more enjoyable,
Rediff
KABALI, Superstar Rajinikanth's Best Film in Years
Screen Anarchy
Well safe to say that Santosh Narayan has come up with an album that will be remembered for a very long time
Bollywood Life
A gripping two hours and thurty minutes!
Tamil Glitz
செட்டில் எடுக்கப்பட்ட காட்சிகளும் மிகவும் தத்ரூபமாக தெரிகிறது. ரஜினிக்கு அமைத்த மாஸ் காட்சிகளில் எல்லாம் இவரது கேமரா அழகாக வேலை செய்திருக்கிறது. மொத்தத்தில் ‘கபாலி’ ரசிகர்களுக்கு மகிழ்ச்சி
Maaliamar
In spite of the shortcomings '€œKabali'€ rises well with commendable performances
Cinema Glitz
To sum up, Kabaali js a visual narrative of a gangster who has ideals for the people.
Chitramala
Rajinikanth'€™s characteristic swag and arresting screen presence hold attention as the film meanders along
This is definitely not Rajini movie. Watch with open mind. Get ready to face some slow screenplay. However the director has added all commercial elements in second half of the movie. The first 15 minutes and last 20 minutes
apherald
A decent drama sans super stardom
Filmi Beat
This is a mass gangster entertainer and may be considered as an above average movie.can see once for Rajinikanth’s different style of action.Must see film for Rajini fans.
Business Of Tollywood
Kabali does not live up to its hype. In spite of Rajni’s smashing persona, the film fails to make an impact
Koi Moi
An engaging watch!
Tamil Star
The story of Kabali is simple and nothing you haven't seen before, but what drives it is Rajnikanth
First Post
While for most audiences this will be the major grouse, die-hard fans are going to love every moment. This one is a feast for them, others will find it enjoyable but lagging at certain moments.
Indian Express
The story is like just another good vs. bad film, the film lacks innovation and efforts to make it better
Reporter Times
Even Rajani couldn't save Kabali!First half is a big mess and the second half drags with a lengthy sequence of scenes where Kabali goes in search of his wife. Climax is unexciting. All in all Kabali is a boring gangster drama that fails to impress. It is yet another disappointment from our beloved superstar.
Gulte
This is an attempt that Rajini hasn'€™t tried before
BookMyShow
Kabali is not as bad as many bad films we have this Summer. But then what the Teaser promised and what the fans expected from the film is totally different from what is actually present in the film. And that will lead to a big disappointment. A clear case of false promotion.
NowRunning
Mixed bag of flaky emotions
Only Kollywood
On the whole, Kabali will be Rajinikanth's rockstrong reply to all his failures in the BO. "Kabali Da"
Cineulagam
If you wish to see the actor Rajinikanth more than the superstar Rajinikanth and are awed by known Bollywood cliches then Kabali is a fair deal
Glam Sham
Watch the film if you want to know why there is so much craze over Rajinikanth
Bollywood Life
Santosh Narayanan doesn't go all the way in Kabali, but he does make sure that the ride is worthwhile
Only Kollywood
Just For Rajinikanth.Hardcore Rajini Fans in Telugu states will also be disheartened seeing Kabali thus passing it with 2.5 stars. Surely, the movie is going to open for mixed talk. Box Office wise, Monday will be the day of litmus test.
Cinejosh
Kabali is really not a typical Rajini film
The Times of India
A soundtrack that is a winsome marriage between composer Santhosh Narayanan'€™s trademark musical style and the Rajni brand of heroics
Music Aloud
Kabali is total paisa vasool for Rajinikanth fans!
India.Com
Kabali is not a regular Rajinikanth’s Mass Film. This is director Pa.Ranjith’s style with Rajinikanth in it. It’s a paisa-vasool entertainer for fans and other can watch it once for Rajinikanth.
Tollywoodandhra
Finally someone has used the mystical ease with which Rajinikanth keeps millions of eyes glued at him to intelligent use indeed
iFlickz
Rajinikanth in a different dimension, but Kabali might not work for everyone. Theatres which are known to reverberate for Rajinikanth, seem a lot more silent for Kabali.
Behind Woods
Ridiculous yet thoroughly entertaining
The Citizen Times
A usual style by Santosh Narayanan, but when you think from Rajnikanth fan perspective, it is definitely a different dimension of Thalaivar
Studio Flicks
Good mix of style and substance
Movie Crow
This is one for those who would love to see Rajni in a matured role that prognosticates his abilities on screen - what the star is capable of at this stage of his career in a well-presented story
PipingHotViews
Weapon of mass attraction
Business Standard
To be happy seeing the Superstar in this new avatar where he absolutely kicks ass transporting us to his 'raw-actor' days or feel frustrated thinking about the innumerable ways the movie could have been scripted and staged better... the choice is yours!
NDTV
Boring To The Core
Great Andhra
Rajinikanth sheds heroism in this painfully slow emotional drama
Hindustan Times
None of this matters when you have Superstar Rajnikanth brandishing a gun and straightening his suit jacket in a way that somehow seems special
Business of Cinema
Rajinikanth's performance is the only saving grace
International Business Times