Release date: January 10, 2019
chitrambhalare.in Rating: 2.75/5
Starring: Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, Megha Akash
Director: Karthik Subbaraj
Producers: Kalanidhi Maran
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematographer: S. Tirru
Editor: Vivek Harshan
South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth’s action flick, Petta is promoted quite decently all over. Amidst good expectations from the fans, the film is released today. Let’s check how it is.
Kaali(Rajinikanth) goes to a college and joins as a hostel warden and starts protecting a young love couple. At one point in time, searching Kaali a gang comes and plans an attack on him and this is when the actual identity of Kaali will be revealed. Who is Kaali? What is his actual identity? Why is he protecting the young couple? To know this, you have to catch the film in theaters near you.
One of the biggest pluses of the film is that you can see vintage Rajini’s style and mass mannerisms in the film. He looks super stylish as Kaali and satisfies masses with his performance as Petta. Rajini completely carried the film on his shoulders with his electrifying screen presence. You can watch him smoking a cigarette in his own style which is being missed in his recent films.
As expected, Vijay Sethupati rocked in his role with has negative shades with utmost perfection. His scenes with Rajini during the climax sequence have come out really well. Bollywood star actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui carries his role effectively and delivered a good output.
90’s beauty Simran and young starlet Megha Akash are okay in their roles. Two songs composed by Anirudh are good and shot lavishly.
The major drawback of the film is its age-old storyline. Hero hiding at a place by and revealing the identity at an appropriate time followed by a flashback is the film’s format which we have seen earlier in N number of films. Trisha’s character has nothing to do with the film and her presence in the flashback doesn’t bring any change in the story.
Except for Rajini’s stylish acts, the film offers nothing new to the audience and once after the twist is revealed at interval block the proceedings become predictable till the climax.
Director Karthik Subbaraj succeded in presenting Rajini in an entertaining role by picking an old storyline. His screenplay has good twists and turns but lacks a proper narration in the second half. Editing work is disappointing as a few unwanted scenes in the latter half can be easily chopped off. Cinematography by Tirru is brilliant as he captured the film beautifully with his lens. He ever showcased Rajini in an appealing manner. Music by Anirudh is good and his background score for a few crucial scenes elevates the film’s mood. Production values for this big budget film are superb.
All over, Petta is a typical revenge drama which has a few engaging moments. Rajini’s stylish acts and his mannerisms remind us of his vintage personality but lack of effective scenes and dragged narration makes it a below-average flick.