Petta is a flick by a Rajnikanth fan, of Rajinikanth, for Rajinikanth fans! And that’s how one should view it. Petta is a step back in time to the classic Rajinikanth of the nineties with punch dialogues, trademark poses and bucket loads of swagger and attitude. It gives Rajani fans the Thalaivar in a way that they were dying to see him.
It’s been more than a decade since we saw Rajinikanth in a Mass role and Karthik Subbaraj who is a self-confessed Rajini Fan has written the character ‘kaali’ aka ‘Petta’ to recreate the perfect storm that is SuperStar Rajinikanth. So it’s better you go to the theatre expecting a Fun-Stylish Rajini Flick like Baasha or Sivaji rather than expecting something like Karthik’s Iraivi or Jigarthanda. Thirunavukarasu’s (Thiru) lighting and cinematography are beautifully done. Peter Hein’s action sequences work well and the various locations to are pleasing along with Anirudh’s Massive Tracks and BGM’s which are top Notch.
The Supporting Cast including Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Others did well but it is a Rajinikanth movie with all the frames filled with him and it does mean that the other characters have a little back story and even less time in front of the camera. The lack of a build-up or real motivation for Petta makes some of these scenes just a bit too predictable. This movie is a balancing act between whether to focus on the superstar or make the movie more smarter and crispier, eventually, the superstar wins as Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta is the director’s tribute to the star, as a fan, and this reflects in the film.