Kaala and Rajinikanth through the eyes of a Dharavi resident

Written by Ashameera Aiyappan
| Chennai |
Published: June 8, 2018 2:26:27 pm

Anand Raj reveals that he was one of the first to register a fan club for Rajinikanth back in 1988.

Anand Raj was born in Dharavi and Asia’s second largest slum has been his home for fifty years. Kaala, he says, is Pa Ranjith’s fable constructed upon the core he has taken from real-life. “Karpanai than. Kadhai karu a eduthutu nalla panirukaru. (He has taken the core and handled it well).”

The problems that Kaala shows did exist several years back, he admits. But the situation improved gradually. “There are difficulties for people who live here illegally,” he says. There was no revolution but ‘paaka nala irunthuchu’ (it was good to watch), says Anand.

But when he watched Kaala for the first time on screen, it wasn’t Dharavi…

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