Petta movie review and rating
Last few years its been unkind of Rajini fan. After Endhiran, at the turn of decade, Superstar did and of course, Pa Ranjith’s Kabali and Kaala, brought an excellent actor in him
Karthik Subbaraj, a self-confessed, die-hard fan, understand well about this. That’s the reason how Petta works. Basic plot is a reinvention of the Superstar’s biggest hit-Baashha. Karthik Subbaraj introduces minor variations into this template and keeps the movie from turning predictable. Kaali (Rajinikanth) joins in a college as a hostel warden and set things in order in his own ways, playing a Cupid to a young couple (Megha Akash and Sanath), romancing with the girl’s mother (Simran) and putting the rowdy boys headed by Michael (Bobby simha) at their places but there is more than to meet the eye. Soon, Kaali has taken to the level best by Singhar Singh (Nawazuddin Siddique), a right-wing politician, and his violent son, Jithu (Vijay Sethupathi) in Uttar Pradesh.
This approach does excellent to the movie which feels a hits compilation of Rajnikanth but its not a complaint. In his fact that its a biggest plus. Thus references to Rajini’s previous movies are whistle worth. If Sasikumar’s Mallik is said to be a throwback to Muslim friend at Baashha, a student whom Kaali has to protect so called Anwar, name of the friend in Baashha.
Movie doesn’t have its issues which are mostly narrative. For one its overlong. Plot takes a while to get going, College scenes become an overkill mainly because most of the characters are secondary characters. Anirudh’s song arent really necessary though Ilamai Thirumbudhe is a lovely throwback to the Rajini of yore.
Liveonindia rating: 3.5/5