ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sans History, Sans Style

The recent Tamil film Kabali, starring the flamboyant and popular actor Rajinikanth, raised plenty of expectations but fell flat since it chose to ignore the history of its setting.

Kabali, the recent Tamil blockbuster film directed by Pa Ranjith and starring the style Mannan Rajinikanth, has failed to excite and energise audiences. Kabali, which revolves around the lives and gang rivalries of the Malaysian dons Kabaleeswaran (played by Rajinikanth) and Tony Lee (Winston Chao), premiered in over 3,200 screens across India on 22 July, the same day the state of Sarawak in Malaysia celebrates its independence day.

The Kingdom of Sarawak, located on the island of Borneo, was established in 1841 by James Brooke who was granted the landmass of Sarawak as a reward for helping the Sultanate of Brunei fight piracy and insurgency among the indigenous peoples. Sarawak’s identity as a sovereign country was first recognised by the United States in 1850 and then by the United Kingdom in 1863. Sarawak gained its independence from the British on 22 July 1963 and formed the Federation of Malaysia together with Singapore, North Borneo and the Federation of Malaya on 16 September 1963.

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