OVERVIEW: Kaali (Rajinikanth) comes to a Hill Station college as a hostel warden. He sets the ragging guys right, and tries to solve a young love lover’s problem and also gets impressed by Mangala (Simran), a pranic healer. But he is not what he seems to be, he is hiding something. And the twist is revealed, he has come to this college to save one person. Kaali’s real name is Veera Petta. What is his back story, why has he come to this hill station forms the rest of the drama?
REVIEW: Superstar Rajinikanth is terrific and in his elements. The Peta acting is the definition of one man show and it has been a long time coming from the Superstar. The style and swag remind us of the vintage star moments. The energy which has been somewhat missing recently is also visible in abundance much to the joy of the fans. If you’ve ever wanted to witness the vintage Rajinikanth mannerism and mass this is the film.
Comedy played a major role; it was mesmerized to see Rajini in each get up. Nawazudddin who has been named as one of the few real actors that India has today. He as Simhachalam impressed the audiences as usual. Vijay Sethupathi remained highlight in later part of the movie. While Simran made a comeback with this movie,She and Trisha looked so beautiful on screen.
Helmer Karthik Subbaraj succeeded showcasing Rajini in Rajinified avatar and rest of the cast Simran, vijay sethupathi and Malavika Mohanan ,Trisha did their part well. Other popular actors who are Nawazuddin Siddiqui, M. Sasikumar, Sananth Reddy and Megha Akash limited to their roles.
Director Karthik Subbaraju’s films always bank highly on technical values. The film is largely set in a hill station and cameraman Thiru has given the look and feel right with his lighting pattern. Camerawork is the main highlight. While the first half is dominated by blues and black, the second half is brighter. Songs are not that catchy except Marana Mass song but Anirudh has given good background score. Editing lacks consistency.
Final veridict of the film is 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.