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‘Kabali’ film is a response to the 2012 Dharmapuri caste riots, says Dalit scholar Stalin Rajangam

The new book by Dalit intellectual Stalin Rajangam is a one-of- its-kind analysis of caste portrayal in Tamil films since the late 1970s. Tamil Cinema Punaivil Iyangum Samoogam (Tamil Cinema Society Operating in Illusion) provides fascinating insights into how the political assertion of intermediate caste groups has played out on the big screen. The debate over the […]

Rajinikanth’s Kabali day 3 box office collections: Movie earns Rs 200 crore worldwide in 3 days

If Salman Khan is Sultan, Rajinikanth is the box office Emperor as the Kabali day 3 box office collections have proved. The film earned over Rs 100 crore at the Indian box office within three days and backed it up with a solid performance abroad as well. “By early estimates, #Kabali has crossed ₹ 200 Cr gross @ WW […]

Film review: Take Rajinikanth out of ‘Kabali’ and what is left?

Pa Ranjith sealed his reputation as a stylish and thoughtful filmmaker with Madras (2014), in which a long-running feud between political parties over a wall became a nifty metaphor for Tamil Nadu politics. The Malaysia-set Kabali, starring Rajiatnikanth as the eponymous don, opens with the promise of similar messaging tucked into a regulation gang-war drama. After being in […]