5 mins into Petta, a chum who used to be staring at the film with me requested, “What number of references to his different movies did you catch thus far?” I shushed him, hoping Petta would quickly to find its toes and stand as its personal movie. Up till the period, the movie persevered in the similar vein — a music, some dance, some battle scenes, villains who don’t stand a possibility towards Rajinikanth and a storyline peppered generously with throwbacks to Rajinikanth’s filmography.
This a part of Petta is solely in need of the Tamil Padam franchise in its unabashed pastiche — from Apoorva Ragangal (1975) and Mullum Malarum (1978) to Padayappa (1999) and Chandramukhi (2005). There could also be the token SP Balasubramaniam music and thinly veiled political propaganda for excellent measure.
All over the primary part, the movie is based solely on Rajinikanth the megastar to construct and stay the viewer all for Kaali, his personality within the movie. The viewer’s wisdom of the a couple of references to characters he has performed in his earlier movies makes one of the sequences in Petta amusing. Then again, if anyone isn’t conscious about the quirks of the ones characters they’ll to find those sequences in Petta totally incomprehensible.
Up till the period, the movie persevered in the similar vein — a music, some dance, some battle scenes, villains who don’t stand a possibility towards Rajinikanth and a storyline peppered generously with throwbacks to Rajinikanth’s filmography.
Like we all know that Kaali is ketta paya (a foul boy), as he used to be in Mullum Malarum (1978). Then when he arrives on a beetroot-laden lorry for a role interview, we bring to mind Chandramukhi and reminisce concerning the humour and playfulness of his personality in that movie. Or when he dismissively asks his interviewer to log out at the activity, we’re instantly reminded of the road “enakku innoru in keeping with irukku” (I’ve every other title) from Baasha (1995) and be expecting the appointment to occur. When a tender woman tells Kaali that he’s fashionable, we believe ‘enna vayasaanaalum, un style-um azhagum unna vittu pogala’ (Then again previous you get, your genre and attractiveness haven’t left you) from Padayappa (1999).
Karthik Subbaraj does subsequent to not anything to write down Kaali. He simply shall we Rajinikanth be Rajinikanth.
And boy, does Rajinikanth shine! He totally immerses himself within the trade of entertaining the target market. His presence is captivating and comedian timing impeccable. He’s cute within the romantic scenes and the battle sequences pump sufficient adrenaline to ship a fan right into a frenzy.
In reality, the movie is so obsessive about Rajinikanth that everybody else’s presence turns out incidental. From Vijay Sethupathy, Bobby Simha, Simran and Trisha to Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahendran, Sasikumar and Sananth Reddy, no person will get sufficient display time to make the target market really feel anything else.
There’s extra chemistry between Rajinikanth and Trisha within the movie’s posters than there’s within the movie — just because no person else is round lengthy sufficient within the script for an on-screen dating to broaden with the protagonist. Similar is going for Siddiqui, he articulates his evil extra within the posters than he will get to do because the villain within the movie.
So if we forget about the grand ‘tribute’ it’s to ‘The Celebrity’, ‘Petta’ has not anything profitable in it.
That isn’t to mention that those actors don’t check out. Vijay Sethupathy holds his personal in entrance of Rajinikanth, even though he does so measuredly. Simran is completely pleasant within the short time given to her. However the movie does little to make use of those actors. It rushes us again to Rajinikanth earlier than we will be able to even realize them.
So if we forget about the grand ‘tribute’ it’s to ‘The Celebrity’, Petta has subsequent to not anything. With a couple of advent scenes, ‘punch’ dialogues, Bharathiyar kavidhai, silhouette photographs, melodic whistles, significant laughter and slo-mo battle sequences — the movie is neck deep in Rajinikanth memorabilia that we just about disregard that the tale hasn’t moved an inch for the reason that name credit rolled.
It’s only after the period that we see any semblance of a tale being advised. And Karthik Subbaraj tells us a slightly flimsy one. Subbaraj needs us to consider that Petta (quick for Petta Velan) is a hero attempting to offer protection to his Muslim good friend from being attacked via the latter’s Hindu brothers-in-law — there’s something mentioned in passing about ‘jaadhi veri’ (caste fanaticism).
It contains social atrocities within the narrative when handy with out making an effort to dismantle those constructions.
He additionally needs us to consider that Petta is the liberator of the oppressed — there could also be one thing about land grabbing, sand mining and returning forcibly bought land. Then again, Subbaraj spends no time fleshing out those vital fresh social problems. And Kaali is portrayed as a a vengeful, murderous hooligan, who doesn’t come throughout as any higher than the thugs he’s combating.
The movie suggests in passing that caste, faith and fundamentalism gasoline the cycle of violence. But, it doesn’t delve into those concepts or how they impact society. The movie presentations a brutal caste-conflict in small-town Tamil Nadu in a flashback series. In every other, it presentations an example of communally motivated political violence in Uttar Pradesh. But, the movie’s narrative chooses to refer to those incidents of violence simply as a non-public revenge drama between two males, devoid of broader political implications. It contains social atrocities within the narrative when handy with out making an effort to dismantle those constructions.
Subsequently, the overpowering saffron, the birthday celebration of Mahashivarathri and Hindu processions that shape the milieu of a lot of the second one part of the movie stay as dead because the painted backdrop of a degree play. In vintage Karthik Subbaraj type, we’re bombarded with twists and turns and suave manoeuvres that assists in keeping bringing the movie again to being only a ode to Rajinikanth’s Rajinikanth-ness.
Petta is also an excellent fan tribute, however it’s a ways from being excellent cinema.