Superstar Rajinikanth’s stylish action entertainer, Petta is carrying high expectations. Directed by young filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj, the film has hit the screens today. Let’s check how it is.
The film opens in a college at a hill station where Rajini (Kaali) is seen working as a hostel warden. He meets Simran here and there is an instant spark between them. The twist in the take arises when Kaali is being attacked by a gang. Who is that gang and why did they attack Rajini? Is there any flashback for Kaali? How are Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Trisha are interlinked with the story? To know this, you have to catch the film in theaters.
Director Karthik Subbaraj plays it safe by picking a regular revenge drama as his theme but projected Rajinikanth is a uber-stylish avatar. Though his storyline is ages old, Karthik succeeded in writing a decent screenplay with interesting twists and turns.
Coming to lead actors performance, Rajini is good is his role which has dual shades. While he carried his classy appearance in the hostel warden’s character, Rajini reminded us of Basha days in his massy Petta role. We can see his vintage style in the film whether it is cigarette smoking or mannerisms during serious scenes.
Vijay Sethupathi is okay in his given crucial role as so is the case with Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Simran and Trisha are decent in their limited screen presence. Other actors like Boddy Simha, Megha Akash and Naga of Pisachi fame did justice to their roles. The film slows down in the second half with a few dragged and unwanted scenes.
A few twists and turns
Ages old storyline
Overdose of Tamil nativity
All in all, Petta is a regular revenge drama with a few engaging moments here and there. Rajini’s style and screen presence will be a treat to watch for the fans but dragged narration and not so effective screenplay makes in a below -average fare at the box office.
Rating : 2.5/5