Rajinikanth is becoming young to younger nowadays. He has got versatile characterizations in his movies from the early days to present and probably in the near future. You would undoubtedly be surprised to watch his actions even if he is of 68+ years age. He is one of them who are dominating the Indian film industry.
Petta (2019), the awesome creation of Karthik Subbaraj and Kalanithi Maran’s production has been affecting the Rajni lovers from its release date. Rajinikanth leads the role of a warden of a boys hostel in this film. It’s been quite a different character played by him. His earlier movies in various positions and plots were too significant such as sci-fi series of Robot, animation movie Kochadaiyaan, Kaala, Kabali, etc. Petta inherits the quality acting, fighting, dancing, etc. of the same actor of these movies.
Kaali or Petta, both are the names of Rajini in this Petta movie. He joins as a cheerful, friendly but rugged warden in a boy’s hostel temporarily. This movie is one kind of reinvention of his film Baasha (1995). But the plot of Petta is more eventful with colors of life. Here Kaali tries to re-balance the lost beauty of a well-disciplined hostel. He cleans out the young gang of bad boys from the hostel. He helps to figure out the success of love of a young couple. Through different events, he meets the dominant politician of Uttar Pradesh, Singhar Singh (Nawazudding Siddiqui) alongside his son Jithu (Vijay Sethupathi). They are just against the love of this young couple Anwar (Sananth) and Megha Akash.
Later on, we come to know he has a hidden past. Also, he has appeared in this hostel for a specific purpose.
Then we go to the flashback of a young hero, Petta Velan from Northern India. He is so badass that everyone can quickly get afraid of him. He doesn’t remain silent if he had seen any wrongdoing. His wife Trisha Krishnan plays very well in this movie. Singhar Singh kills Maalik, the father of Anwar. Malik was none less than a brother to Petta. He was in love with Poongodi. She becomes pregnant before she marries him. After knowing to this matter, Petta and his lovely wife Saro (Trisha) try to manage the girl’s father Rajapandi to get these lovers married. Rajapandi and Petta both have past enmity, which is still young. Rajapandi somehow agrees to get them married and give all of his property to her. But his two sons Devaraam and Singhar, oppose to this thought. They both kill their father.
On the other hand, Petta becomes more violent to know about the murder. He kills Devaaram on the funeral of Rajapandi. Singhar flees from the village and returns with a secret mission to kill them all.
Then we will see how Singhar blasts bomb to kill Maalik, Saro, China (son of Petta). He remains unknown to the matter that Poongodi was still alive to give birth to a boy (Anwar). This becomes the inevitable reason to take revenge on the present wild politician and his son.
Jithu remains well-determined and fully prepared to kill Petta by any means. He finds Petta through a procession. He is about to kill Petta, but Petta falsifies one thing. He tells Jithu that he is the lost son of Petta named Chinna. Singhar couldn’t kill Chinna. Then soon, his anger turns into love, respect to Petta. He tries to know the guarantee of this new identity from Singhar. Singhar ignores as he knew it’s nothing but a trick of someone. He sends men to kill Jithu. Somehow, Petta saves him and both together go to finish Singhar. Jithu kills him with his own hand.
Then the twist of the plot comes. Petta surprises Jithu telling a tale of Rama and Vali. Jithu now understands that he is not the son of Petta. Instead, he is the murderer of his parent. He also now knows that Chinna was already dead in that bomb blast, 20 years ago.
In the last scene, it appears to us that it’s an open drama type movie. Petta points a gun at Jithu. Then the audience hears the sound of the gunshot. Then everything becomes invisible on-screen. It turns into black. We can still think he shot Jithu and killed him.
After all, Petta is just a full power-packed movie. It has all the things you would wish to watch in an action movie. The romance of Anwar, Petta are an example of this. Romance, action, thriller, revenge – what more do you want???
Petta 2019 Tamil Movie Reviews
Directed by: Karthik Subbaraj
Produced by: Kalanithi Maran
Written by: Karthik Subbaraj
Music by: Anirudh Ravichander
Edited by: Vivek Harshan
Production company: Sun Pictures
Distributed by: Sun Pictures
Release date: 10 January 2019
Running time: 172 minutes
Box office: approx. ₹250 crores