Tamil cinema is classified as regional cinema and obviously, its appeal is limited to the Tamil diaspora around the world. Yet, there are some films which have a universal appeal that is a success. Normally a regional language film may find it difficult to compete with a film which has the greater global appeal like films from Hollywood or Mumbai.
However, the success of Kabali which stars Tamil superstar Rajnikanth has broken the hoodoo of competition with Hollywood and Mumbai and has grossed more than any Hindi film. This includes the 3 famous Hindi Muslim stars the Khans of the Hindi screen. Imean Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan. There is no doubt that by beating the 3 khans films in gross collection Rajnikant with his film Kabali has proved that art has no barriers and a good film will bring in money
The film Kabali is a run of the mill tale that has been filmed umpteen times on the Indian screen. the tale concerns a man who is wronged and takes up cudgels against the mafia. the film is shot is Malaysia and has the Taiwanese star Raymond Chow playing a villain in it. Rajnikanth is 63 but he carries the film with aplomb and all credit to him. One learns that he hasearned over 50 crores personally and one can only feel happy for him.
The film has been dubbed in Hindi, English and other Indian languages and had a release in over 500 theaters worldwide. It opened with a ban and continued blasting all the way to over 300 crores.The success of the film augers well for Indian cinema and no one can say that Indian films lag behind Hollywood. The dubbed version of this film in Hindi had a greater draw in the UAE than any Hollywood film. The film till date has earned over a 100 crores from outside India. Rajnikant has now proved that a Tamil star can also enthrall the Indian masses like Dilip Kumar of yore.
The film is, however, a trifle too long and it could do with some editing to reduce its length by at least 30 minutes.But I suppose Indians when they enter the cinema want a longer film, even if it has some inane scenes.
The success of this film of Rajnikanth follows close on the heals of the success of another Tamil film Bahubali and all this is a good omen for the future.