Symbolism in Kaala

By Balasubramani Muniyandi Published on Jun 07, 2018 04:38 PM IST

Chennai: Kaala starring Rajini, which released today, is certainly going to be the subject of discussion forĀ  the next few days. Quite typical of Pa Ranjith, there are enough on screen to understand what the movie tries to convey. News Today decodes a few such scenes.

* There is no Ranjith movie without Ambedkar's reference. In Kaala also we get to see the leader's portrait quite a few times. Apart from this we also get to witness a Buddha Viharam, Bhagat Singh's portrait, Kamarajar and Periyar statues. There are also pictures of Lenin, Karl Marx and Stalin.

* Taking an indirect dig at the Digital India and Swachh Bharat scheme, the antagonist Nana Patekar tries to achieve his motives through a scheme called 'Digital Dharavi' and 'Pure Mumbai'.

* The movie also hits out at Hindu beliefs. Raavanan, who is always shown in bad light is glorified in the movie. Rajini has a Raavana Kaaviyam book on his table in one of the scenes. Another reference from the epic is the name of Samuthirakani - Vaaliyappan. Vaali is a crucial character that comes in Ramayanam. Even during the climax scene verses from Ramayanam are read, however the visuals are contradicting to what is being read.

* Towards the climax, there is a shot in Chennai where a banner with the slogan 'Singara Chennai is no more a dream' is kept.

* The movie also throws light on how fringe elements enter a protest and indulge in violence.

* There are a few gestures which stresses on equality. In one scene Kaala's ex-lover Huma Qureshi is reluctant to fall in the feet of Nana Patekar. This is followed by another scene where she makes him handshake with her and says that this is how equality comes.

* Similarly, when Nana Patekar asks his granddaughter to fall in Rajini's feet and seek his blessings. Rajini prevents the little girl from doing so and asks her to just wish him by saying 'Vanakkam'.

* Ranjith has also tried to break the stereotype of white and black colours in the movie. When Nana Patekar clad in white clothes, comes to Rajini's house, people there talk among themselves about how a nice person he is. However, Eswari Rao, Rajini's wife, says that just because a person is wearing a white dress he cannot be a good man and adds that he has refused even to drink water from their house. On the contrary when Rajini dressed up in black visits Nana Patekar's house, he drinks the water that is offered to him.

* Though the movie dominantly has black and white colours, during the climax, blue and red colours, which are associated with the dalit movement and communism respectively are used.