Director Pa. Ranjith, basking in the success of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Tamil action drama Kabali, says he addresses caste inequalities in his films because he was affected by it and hence, shouldn’t be viewed as a Dalit filmmaker.
“I don’t want to be known as a Dalit filmmaker. I touch upon caste inequalities in my films because I’ve been affected by it. Even if I don’t belong to the oppressed community, I would have continued to speak about inequalities in the society,” Ranjith said, speaking on the sidelines of the film’s success meet.
In Kabali, Rajinikanth fights for the pay rights of Tamils in Malaysia, and there are subtle nods to B.R Ambedkar and professor-author Y.B Satyanarayana.
In the film, Rajinikanth is seen reading Satyanarayana’s book My Father Balaiah that talks about Telangana dalitmadiga experience. Ranjith said that every filmmaker should talk about the structural inequalities in the society. Speaking on the occasion, producer Kalaipuli S. Thanu said “Kabali” is a success all over.
“The film has done exceptionally well all over including the US,” he said.
According to verified collection data provided by producer Kalaipuli S Dhanu to IndianExpress.com, the Rajinikanth-starrer had earned nearly Rs 400 crore by Tuesday (July 26). Rs 200 crorehad been the box office collection and with the sale of music rights the film had an added earning of Rs. 200 crore.
The success of the film was predicted by the producer, since it had the face of the most loved star of Southern India, Rajinikanth. He had confidently predicted that the film would beat Bahubali and Sultan.
With IANS inputs