Petta (2019)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 52 mins

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Though he works as a hostel warden, there is more to Kaali than meets the eye. Things take an interesting turn when he crosses paths with a group of dreaded gangsters, revealing his past and his enmity with a powerful politician.

Cast: Rajinikanth, Simran Bagga, Trisha Krishnan

Crew: Karthik Subbaraj (Director), S Tirru (Director of Photography), Anirudh Ravichander (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 10 Jan 2019 (India), 10 Jan 2019 (Malaysia), 10 Jan 2019 (New Zealand), 10 Jan 2019 (Singapore), 10 Jan 2019 (Ukraine), 10 Jan 2019 (United Arab Emirates), 10 Jan 2019 (United Kingdom), 09 Jan 2019 (United States), 10 Jan 2019 (Russia)

Tamil Name: பேட்ட

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Based on 32 ratings
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Did you know? This is the first film to feature Rajnikanth and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles, though Trisha has been active in the industry for 16 years. Read More
*SPOILER*  Outstanding Film

Getting Rajinified Completely

We are shown a well lit sun light dipped church with perfectly saturated tones giving us a feel of imminent danger. In the next sequence a mercenary is talking to someone (must be his boss) and more people alight from a vehicle, enter the church and hear sounds of smashing and thrashing of people falling on the ground with a loud thud and for a moment they believe that their assigned task is almost complete, but a closer look brings them back to reality, it’s their target that is hammering their colleagues beating them black and blue. The camera is now focusing a few candles in the foreground and a silhouette emerges from the background with a resounding score and the candles go off, a sign of deference to the star. Amidst all this we see the title card on and off....nice. After a few interesting camera cum stunt sequences our star is hit from behind and he falls down but we all know that he will rise strongly. The boss is on the line again and that's where the camera looks behind to see a man with a sardonic smile a half blooded face ready to prance. He hits his prey with candelabra smashing him to the ground and looks at us saying "Naan veelven endru ninaithayo".

Petta is a film inspired from, dedicated to and performed by Rajinikanth a larger than life star of the south. He is back with a punch and is totally spirited in this outing. The whole movie has references from the actor's cinema oeuvre, a feast to all the self confessed Rajinikanth fans out there. Maestro Ilayaraja's music is used perfectly to suit the example, where at the start we here "Vantha naal muthal, intha naal varai" giving us a hint of all the allusions that will ensue. The first half has various subplots, a mess contract problem, a love angle between Anwar and Anu, a not-so-formidable villain in Bobby Simha and an apparently cute love portion between Rajinikanth and Simran. A hostel warden in a reputed college, Kaali (the name, an appellation given to many of Rajinikanth's characters) finds ways to solve the problems that crop up and does so in a stylish way. The second half is where the actual story picks up and the director in Karthik Subbaraj enters. So far it was a fanboy who worshipped his star in his Petta of style and swagger. The allusions throughout the film are like what more does a fan need starting from swinging the gates open as in Apoorva Raagangal to the final “Raman andaalum Ravanan aanadalum” sequence. The cigarette toss too makes a stylish return. The lighting scheme used pays homage to Thalapthy. A watch sales and service store is named after Muthu. The nunchaku bits alluding to Paayum Puli. All of this is exquisite but the Subbarajesque story and screenplay will be missed a bit by his fans. Certain characters appear for a brief moment and disappear playing their roles right but making us feel that they could have stayed a bit more.

What is interesting is the twist in the climax. The story till that portion is well spun making us believe that Jithu is actually the son of Kaali. The twist in fact is revealed by narrating a famous portion from Ramayana, an ode to the epic. The antagonist in Singhaar and Jithu are well written and executed to the dot. Vijay Sethupathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui played their roles perfectly and the former is more than a believable North Indian than the latter. Anirudh's music is a big big plus to the movie with the songs and BGMs hitting the right notes at the right time. Petta is all about Rajinikanth and the fanboy director complementing each other with an entertaining and twisting story filled with fanboy moments for the audiences uplifted by a resounding music and a resplendent camera work.

-Kausika Raajan V


Super Star @rajinikanth the one and only evergreen style king back with his trademark 90's style, humour and charisma.

My review about Petta :

Super Star @rajinikanth the one and only evergreen style king back with his trademark 90's style, humour and charisma.

Enna oru Introduction scene "Naan Vezhveen endru Nenaithayoo".

Each and every frame in the first half, A complete Rajinism steals as one man show with his mass class pose,dance, andha nadakura style with fantastic BGM by @anirudhofficial summa theateraa adhuradhu illa for "Pakka dhana pora indha Kali oda aatatha" , "Enemee dhaan pakka pora oru sirapana tharamana sambavatha", "Evanukavadhu pulla kutti sentiments irundhaa apudeyee odi poidu mavanee kola kaandula irukkan kolama Vida matten." Really Marana Mass Thalaiva..

Ayoo Chinna vayasula irundhu Rajini veri ooruna oruthara aaladhan indha madhiri thalaivara theraiela kaatta mudiyum hats off you @karthiksubbaraj sir for showing super star so stylish and cute.

What a Interval block Appah "PettaParak"..

The entire second half is complete @karthiksubbaraj touch with twists and surprises with few scenes of super star style moments which gets applause. @Nawazuddin_S has acted well and tremendous response in the theatre by the audience for his acting especially showing his other face suddenly in one scene, @VijaySethuOffl introduction scene semma mass with Githu BGM given best with his acting.

You need to watch till the end wait for the end title card "A film by Karthi Subbaraj" . It is double Dammakka Super dance treat with a big surprise twist in the climax a really @karthiksubbaraj touch.

Downside is little bit dragging and boring scenes which could have trimmed it for more engaging. This could be a draw back in the B and C theatres.

Overall it is a must watch for only one world’s stylish king and it is sure block buster hit.

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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
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Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Playback Singer: Anirudh Ravichander

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Dhanush
Playback Singer: Anirudh Ravichander

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Playback Singer: Anirudh Ravichander

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Ku Karthik
Playback Singer: Anthony Daasan

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Vivek
Playback Singer: Inno Genga, Nakash Aziz

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander

Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Playback Singer: Sartaz Khan Barna
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Petta (Hindi)
Dubbed into: Petta (Telugu)
Petta has become the third highest-grossing Tamil movie ever in the USA after it hit the $2 million mark and crossed the Enthiran's total of $2.4 million.

With the $2.4 million running total for Petta, Rajinikanth has become the only south Indian actor to have four $2 million grossers.

This is the first film to feature Rajnikanth and Simran in the lead roles though Simran has been active in the industry for 26 years.

This is the first film to feature Rajnikanth and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles, though Trisha has been active in the industry for 16 years.
Filming End Date:
19 Oct 2018
Petta shooting wrapped up two weeks in advance
20 Oct 2018, by Only Kollywood Source
Vijay Sethupathi wraps up his portions for Petta
02 Oct 2018, by Only Kollywood Source
Petta will hit screens for Pongal 2019: Bobby Simha
23 Sep 2018, by Only Kollywood Source
Trisha joins Karthik Subbaraj-Rajinikanth film
20 Aug 2018, by Indian Express Source