One Line Review: 👍 Petta is Karthik Subbaraj’s way of explaining Rajinism to the new generation.
When a fan-boy gets to direct his favorite actor, the outcome will be something as crazy as Petta. Karthik has successfully inserted all the famous mannerisms of the Superstar of Indian Cinema into one single movie and, thereby Petta is a complete ‘Rajinified’ experience.
“Petta is less of a Karthik Subbaraj film, but it gives Rajini fans their Thalaivar in a way that they have been dying to see him, celebrating the Rajinisms.”~ Times Of India
Petta was one hell of an experience for me and the movie delivered what it promised to deliver – The Rajinikanth we all craved to watch. My rating for Petta is 8.5/10.
The movie starts with visuals of a fight between a group of people and a hostel warden inside a men’s hostel during the opening credits scene. The movie starts when Kaali comes to a college in Ooty to take up the job of hostel warden.
He notices that the reputation of the college has taken a hit due to the il 0behaviour and continuous ragging by the final year boys in the college.
Kaali slowly takes control over the situation and proves how he is the boss after his taking charge as the college hostel warden and makes sure to suppress the antics of seniors.
Micheal, who is the leader for these so-called senior boys gets all pumped due to Kaali’s stand against their actions.
Meanwhile, an NRI student named Anwar is in love with Anu, a girl studying in the same college. Kaali promises to help Anwar in talking about their relationship to Anu’s mother Mangalam and ends up falling in love with her.
At the same time, Jithu – a local goon of Uthar Pradesh is seen beating up lovers on valentine’s day expressing his stand against relationships and he is the son of a powerful politician there named Singaar Singh.
Amidst all these, Micheal’s father sends people to bash up Kaali a night and finds out that some other people too have come to beat up that warden at the same time.
The past of Kaali is revealed – his real name is Petta Velan. The rest of the story is about Petta’s past, who he really is, and a battle between Petta and Singaar Singh happening in the present.
Rajinikanth, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Boby Simha, Sasi Kumar… well, when the lineup of actors in a movie is this good the performances too peaks.
Undoubtedly Petta is all about Rajinikanth. Rajinikanth as Kaali/Petta is extremely stylish and dashing. His mannerisms are a treat to watch and the then 69-year-old actor proves why he is a superstar.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui delivered a fabulous performance as the cunning Singaar Singh aka Singaaram. Right from the announcement of the movie, everyone was excited to watch Vijay Sethupathi share the screen space with Rajinikanth and the duo is killer.
Petta was a kind of relief to Rajini fans as they got to see their favorite actor in all his glory after a series of average releases. Karthik Subbaraj who is a hardcore fan of Rajinikanth perfectly used the opportunity when he got to direct the actor.
Karthik Subbaraj brought back so many stylish mannerisms of Rajinikanth like spinning a gun, flicking his sunglasses, doing an action sequence of Nunchaku, and he even made the actor enact a smoking scene after 17 years since his movie Baba.
In short, you will get to see Rajinikanth do everything Rajinikanth is known to do with an edge of extra mass and class backed up by a strong and engaging plot.
Petta will boost you to whistle, clap, and dance if you are a Rajinikanth fan (even if you are not!) and makes you sit through the movie with all entertaining elements perfectly placed in it.
Must Watch 👍