Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Favorite Rajni Performances - II

Kaali - Mullum Malarum


To director Mahendran goes the credit for giving Rajnikanth one of his best and most memorable roles. Kaali, the winch operator in Mullum Malarum, is a role tailor-made for Rajni. It is a complicated character whose affection for his only sister is matched only by his ego and arrogance and the role fits Rajni like a glove.

Rajni always shines in characters displaying affection, whether directed at his mother, father, brother or sister. I've noticed that his otherwise-rough face softens amazingly in such roles. He is terrific here as he attends to Shobha's every need(the whole marudhaani sequence is awesome) and his tender conversations with her are very sweet. We see another side of him in his meetings with Sarathbabu and his irritation and dislike are brought out in every action. For a combination of both those sides, see how well he displays his pride when Shobha runs back to him in the climax. And for an actor never considered a good dancer, his uninhibited dancing for Raman Aandaalum... is a treat to watch.

9 Comments:

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Bart said...

The climax sequence peaks all his performances.. I thought this would be No. 1. Now I will have to wait and see :)

 
At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with Bart. This would have been my number one pick too. But you have pretty much summed everything that every fan should take pride about Thalaivar's performance in the movie.

 
At 8:55 PM, Blogger narayanan said...

Sri Raghavendra, 6-60, Kai Kodukkum Kai. which one is it ?

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous ram said...

enakku, even more than the climax, the scene i love to watch repeatedly is the one where he apologizes to shoba at nite for having been rude to her earlier in the day...its a lovely, soft scene between bro and sis...

How I wish Shoba were alive today to wish Kaali :-)

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb,
don't tell me it is 6 to 60 or engeyo ketta kural at no 1.

my choice would be "thambikku enda ooru" only Rajni could have pulled of such a stupid movie to enjoyable heights!!

 
At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BB waiting for your numero uno... Is it Iyampettai aruvadainambi Kaliyaperumal Indiran?? Please post it fast... Its very late in CST zone :)

 
At 12:27 AM, Blogger spk's blog said...

i like this dialog in this movie

"romba ketavan sir intha kalli"

 
At 5:57 AM, Anonymous ratnavinnakota said...

well. my comment does not have any thing to do with rajni scenes . i happened to chance on ur blog and liked it very much.
just a very genuine doubt.why isnt there any mention of arunachalam in ur reviews?
i for one though cant call myself a rajni fan liked it much better than either muthu or padayappa .
could it be my pedestrian taste?

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger ranganathan said...

as said by spk,

'rendu kaiyum rendu kaalum illenna kooda pozhachikuvan sir intha kaali...

ketta paiyan sir...!'

dialogue delivery of 'ketta paiyan sir' is ultimate!

how u missed it man!

 

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