Movie Review : PETTA

Rocking Rajinism



Artists Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, M. Sasikumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bobby Simha
Music Anirudh Ravichander
Director Karthik Subbaraj

Review by : Vidya R

There is such a thing as Rajnified.  It’s a feeling of joy, celebration, punch dialogues and a kind of no-bs-Heroism that only “Thalaivar” can showcase on the big screen. We experienced this Rajni-Phenomenon in our childhood, teenage and college years.  Finally a director who handles Rajini the way fans dreamt about! Karthik Subburaj - Take a bow!  From the vintage Superstar title card, an intro in the middle of a fight, Petta Velan interval block and the trademark Karthik Subburaj climax twist - the man knows how we wanted a Rajini movie to be!  It is a visual treat for the 'Thalivar Fans' who are dying to see him with mass presence on screen.

Sun Pictures roped in huge star casts for Petta including Trisha, Simran, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sasi Kumar, Mahindran, Megha Akash for the prominent roles. All the supporting casts did their part well for this out and out Rajini flick. Trisha and Simran have bare minimum screen space with Rajini but they performed well to keep up their names. Rajinikanth as an actor will surprise you with his energy level and once again he proved age is just a number for the blockbuster hero.

After a decade we are witnessing vintage Rajini in the role which we love to see him the most on the big silver screen. No one could glorify Rajini better than Karthik Subburaj in the recent times. Being Rajini fan himself he gave his best craftsmanship to satisfy the huge fan base by adopting the top notch scenes and dialogues from the 90s blockbusters such as Baasha, Billa, Thalapathy and Annamalai. It is not just a film for the fan base but it is a genuine attempt for a action thriller for which Karthik Subburaj gave his full potential with his hallmark directorial touch. Unpredictable plot with twist and turns is  quite common in all Karthik Subburaj flicks and Petta have that surprise element in the climax portion. Avoid the spoilers to experience the wow factor in the end.

Thiru's Cinemography is impeccable for this commercial flick. Most of the scenes in the first half were shot inside the sets and warm tone blends well with the visuals. Also, Thiru helped Rajinikanth to look much younger and admirable with his special angles. All the stunt scenes are top class with Peter Hein's special treatment. Anirudh had the right mix of music composition to suit the action and mass sequences.   Background score with solid rock genre gives the 'goosebumps moment' for the action blocks. All the songs were perfectly placed in the right spot with right timing. Petta Parak, Marna Mass and Ullalla is the perfect song for all the Rajnikanth devotees. Editing by Vivek Harshan is crisp and engaging in the first half. Intro scene, interval block and the climax scenes are perfectly placed with the help of sneak cut from Vivek. Make up and costume artists who worked for Rajinikanth need a special mention. It is so good to see Rajini in winter clothing in first half and it is again treat to watch him with ethnic costume in the second half. The Handlebar moustache suits him perfectly for the Petta Velu role in the second half.

On the downside, one could complain the screen space for Vijay Sethupathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui but it is out and out film to celebrate Rajinism. Hence, the director could have compromised their screen space to keep it intact but with the little screen space Vijay Sethupathi shown his presence on screen with his top notch performance .Also, the 3hrs runtime may look little stretchy and slow paced in the second half but the surprise element in the climax will ease out the pressure.


Final Verdict Perfect Pongal Picture
Rating 3.5 / 5

Tags Pettai, Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, M. Sasikumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bobby Simha