Straight to the point, Rajinikanth-starrer Petta is his best film in recent times, after Endhiran (Robot) from 2010. He did five films in the last 9 years, where the directors experimented with the superstar’s image but all of them could not satisfy his diehard fans. Rajinikanth is back to old form with that style, swag and mannerisms, and he plays his age with grace. Karthik Subbaraj, a director known for his groundbreaking new age cinema, has succeeded to bring back the old Rajinikanth, the one-man entertainment troupe alive and kicking.
Subbaraj had said in many of his interviews that he was a fan boy of Rajinikanth and always wanted to present the actor as an entertainer whom the fans love. He has worked out the script in such a way that the star’s presence can be felt in each scene and also plays to the actor’s strengths. The director has coined a new word – “Rajinified” for a screenplay filled with elements which the actor’s fans love. Even fantastic actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vijay Sethupathi are put on a tight leash so that the Superstar dominates.
The film, which has Rajinikanth in almost every frame. He is in terrific form and proves once again he is a superstar who can hold the audiences in awe with his style and panache. Among the other actors, Nawazuddin has more screen space and in the post-interval, Valakkappu (baby shower) scene, he is fantastic. You can see the jealousy and evil in his eyes. Another deadly scene is the sudden killing that takes place at a funeral. The last 15 minutes belong to Rajinikanth, Siddiqui and Sethupathi, and the surprise twist in the end hits you like a bolt.
The major drawback is second half as the college scenes shown in the first half seems to be repetitive. The film is overall a power pack movie for the fans. Rajni sir is looking astonishing in his heroism avatar. It is a one time full packed entertainer especially for a Rajni fan.