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Petta Movie Review

Petta Movie Review

Release Date: Thursday 10th January 2019

Cast: Rajinikanth, Simran, Trisha, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Megha Akash, Sasikumar, Malvika Mohanan others


Kaali (Rajinikanth) comes to a Hill Station college as a hostel warden. He sets the ragging guys right, and tries to solve a young love lovers problem and also gets impressed by Mangala (Simran), a pranic healer. But he is not what he seems to be, he is hiding something.

And the twist is revealed, he has come to this college to save one person. Kaalis real name is Veera Petta.

What is his back story, why has he come to this hill station forms the rest of the drama.


Superstar Rajinikanth has been trying to reinvent himself to connect with the current generation of audiences but none of his movies have satisfied the fans and general audiences fully, while some have worked to some extent. He is consistently playing roles that suit his age.

Here again, he has played a role that he had done in his career in the past. The closest role is iconic Baasha. Like Baasha, this Kaali aka Petta is fiery but he is older now, his movements are not that swift.

Karthik Subbaraj has declared that he is die hard fan Rajinikanth in the title rolls itself. So, he has used basic thread of Baasha movie for this Petta.

Interestingly, other characters keep on asking him that you must have a backstory, you are not what you are, you are looking for revenge, etc. In Baasha, he hides as an auto driver, here he is Kaali, the hostel warden. The rest of the story is a bit of Baasha plus other Rajinikanth movies. 

The second half goes more in the style of Karthik Subbarajs trademark style and it is where the film suffers big time. The first half is highly entertaining, with Rajinikanth leading the show from the front.

We have not seen this stylish Rajinikanth in the recent times. His one man show in the first half doesnt provide a boring moment. The fight sequences using lights and dark and shade pattern and his comedy have worked in the first half.

Even the brief romantic sequence between Rajinikanth and Simran, the pranic healer is hilarious. He has looked quite stylish here.

However, what has worked in Baasha the revenge part has failed here. Director Karthik Subbaraju has missed the thread post interval, he drags on the movie. Only in the climax part he catches the pace and presents his trademark twist.

Also, the director has tried to give lot of elevation to Vijay Sethupathis character which has eaten lot of runtime further making it tiresome.

The Uttar Pradesh sequences and the chases are not engaging enough though the flashback of Petta is good in the second half.

Karthik Subbaraj mostly sticks to Rajinis formula. He also brings out the entertaining Rajinikanth back in many episodes.

For a Telugu audiences, the post interval portions dont appeal much and also there is hardly any new in terms of plot but Petta is better movie among his recent films and also we got to see old Rajinikanth in many sequences.

On the whole, Petta is a film for Rajini fans.


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