Review: Petta
  Banner: Sun Pictures

Producers: Kalanithi Maran

Director: Karthik Subbaraj

Music: Anirudh Ravichander

Cast: Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi,Simran,Trisha, Sasikumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bobby Simha,Yogi Babu, J.Mahendran,Guru Somasundaram, Sananth Reddy, Malavika Mohanan, Megha Akash, Ramadoss,Vivek Prasanna and others

Rating: 2.5/5.0


Kaali (Rajinikanth) surprises all by joining St Woods Engineering College as a hostel warden with huge influence. He tries to set tight the things in order by bringing discipline among the students and controlling ragging much to the anger of seniors and higher authorities.

When he tries to help young students in love, it results in clashes and leads to deadly attack on the hostel. Kaali quickly realizes that the deadly attack has wider and even bigger dangerous and ulterior motives.

To find out more about the secret behind the deadly attack and what connection Kaali has with powerful politician Singar Singh (Nawazuddin Siddique) in Uttar Pradesh and what role Saroja (Trishaa) and Mangala (Simran) got to play, enjoy Petta on screen.


Rajinikanth surprised all with his powerful and energetic performance. He stunned all by showing his power as vintage Rajini of the younger generation. He looked extremely young in his looks and the energy he showed on screen be it his mannerims, dialogues, expressions and emotions made electrifying impression on one and all.

His powerful dialogues, stunning dance movements, breathtaking stunts made many wonder whether Rajini is over 60 years or they are watching Rajini of the Baasha and Narasimha. Rajini carried the film on his shoulders as one man army, singing, dancing, romancing, fighting, emoting and what not.

Simran too looked young and attracted with her looks and performance. Trisha got very limited role and Mega Akash attracted with her looks. Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddique showed her talent as villain in the limited role he got.

Others like Bobby Simha,Yogi Babu performed according to their roles.


Anirudh Ravichander's came with foot tapping tunes for all the songs. All the songs drove masses and fans crazy with Rajini's dances and are shot well. He elevated the scenes with his powerful background score making a lasting impression.

Tirru captured the natural and exotic locations in a realistic and beautiful manner using his cinematography experience. He took the film to another level beautifying the film's final output.

Editing of Vivek Harshan is OK but could have been better as there are many drags in the film which slowed the pace of the film.

Karthik Subbaraj could have added few more twists and turns to create even powerful impact on screen. Production values are good.

Plus Points

Rajinikanth's looks and mannerisms

Music, BGM


Minus Points

Story, Screenplay, Direction

Slow pace

Tamil flavor

Lack of twists and turns



Kartik Subbaraj who got the golden opportunity to direct Super Star Rajinikanth made full use of it. For long not only Rajini's fans but movie lovers got disappointed as they didnot get to watch Rajini's star power akin to Baasha,Narasimha and Arunachalam.

They dreamed of watching the same in Lingaa, Kabali and Kaala but got extremely disappointed and disheartened. But Karthik Subbaraj fulfilled their dreams showing Rajinikanth in a vintage manner showing his star power on screen.

Though he came with a routine and predictable story and narration too has got nothing much to talk about, he made up for all the short comings by elevating the heroism of Rajinikanth to another level, bringing back memories of Baasha, Narasimha and Arunachalam.

Rajini danced, romanced, entertained, and fought much to the delight of fans driving them crazy. However in the process, Karthik Subbaraj lost the plot as he failed to concentrate on story, screenplay and direction. First half turned average with the narration and scenes bringing back memories of old hits of many of Rajini's and Chiranjeevi's hit films.

First half ends on an interesting note and when many expected at least few twists and turns, they are in for a disappoint.  Second half turned even more routine and after a point, Rajini's mannerisms too started irritating movie lovers. Except for Rajini's mannersims which are elevated to the optimum compared to his previous entertainers in the recent past, the film has nothing to rave about. Had Karthik Subbaraj concentrated little bit on story, screenplay and direction, Petta would have turned even more powerful but at present it turned out to be just an average and routine entertainer.

Final Talk

Petta elevates Rajni's super star power but fails to take off.

Gallery, Pre-Release Function Stills

Tags: Petta Movie Review, Petta Movie, Telugu Movie Review, Kollywood, Super Star Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, Sasikumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bobby Simha

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