Rajinikanth is definitely the biggest superstar of this country. Whenever a Rajini Film releases, the audience rushes to the theatres expecting a full packed Rajini Masala. Especially in South India, the feeling of being ‘Rajinified’ still exists. But for the last decade, we were not able to see that Thalaiva-Style. The mannerism and heroism we loved were missing. Finally, the wait is over! The Most hyped, Multistar project of recent times, Petta, is on the theatres nearby.
Petta can be reviewed from two views;- As a Rajini fan as well as a Karthik Subbaraj Follower. While the first category satisfies you, the latter one may disappoint you. Yes, Rajini is presented in the way fans dreamt about. Action, dance, jokes, fights, style, mannerism- an electrifying ball of positive energy can be seen in Rajini, nearly after a decade. For that, Karthik Subbaraj, Take a bow. In front of his style, the age just looks like a number. The Fanboy inside Karthik Subbaraj really made use of his idol very well. Thank you!
But apart from the Rajini show, there is nothing much in the film. When you hear the name Karthik Subbaraj, you may expect more. Especially when you do works like Pizza and Jigarthanda in the past, the audience will come to theatres, expecting something big. Cast including Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Trisha, Simran, Bobby Simha, Sasikumar etc will add more fuel to the burning expectations. But Nothing happened.
An Ordinary Story told in a cliche style (except climax). An Easily Predictable story doesn’t offer much excitement or thrill. In front of Rajini, the Big Cast just looks like a shadow. Their roles can be easily done by other non-popular actors which might help the producer to cut the expense. The main problem lies in the narrative side. It takes a while to get going. The length might really disturb the patience of the audience. Karthik Subbaraj has written a screenplay that does justice only to the Superstar’s stature.
Rajini plays as a hostel warden. The storyline revolves around his life, who has an unforgettable past. The first half stands as a build-up to the second half. Second half reveals the past and the revenge. The story goes in the usual style. His inimitable style, swag, and mannerisms make first half comparatively better one. Only Rajini can pull off a hostel warden that way. In the second half, easily predictable, cliche situations may make the audience bore. A flashback of Rajini’s life is shown in the second half.
Singaar Singh and Jithu, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sethupathi arrive by the end of the first half. Who they are and how they are related to Rajini’s character is told in the second half. When those two plays the role of antagonists, the audience expects something extra. But this point will definitely make the film down. Nawazuddin Siddiqui manages to do a satisfactory job. Coming to Vijay Sethupathi, he is not at all threatening. Above all, the few scenes will not encourage the fans of Vijay Sethupathi to rush to the theatres. He just looked like a doll in front of thalaivar. Coming to the female leads, both Simran and Trisha had very limited space. Actors like Sasikumar and Bobby Simha were also not up to their level.
Cinematographer Thirunavukkarasu’s lovely frames are the major highlight of the movie. The lighting and landscape of the hill station where the college is located are beautifully captured. The Fights were also good to watch. The bgm of Anirudh made it more energetic. Anirudh’s music really helped to portray Rajini in a more stylish way. But a few songs were not so good.
Overall, Thalaivar we all love is given in loads. Besides an ordinary storyline, Petta is filled with lines that made it clear that the Superstar is still – the only one. Petta is a celebration of the man, the Superstar, Rajinikanth. There is nothing in the movie, except the Rajini-Show. Book your tickets, only if you want to get ‘Rajinified’.