Petta review: This Superstar film is a solid crowd pleaser
Karthik Subbaraj uses the Baasha formula of a gangster who is hiding his identity
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Thursday 10 January 2019
Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
The first half of Petta is light and breezy with Rajinikanth's comic one liners and his energetic body language. The flashback episode with Rajini as Petta Velan is the highlight with an impressive twist in the end.The one serious complaint against this film could be that it is too long, lasting all of three hours.
Technically, Anirudh Ravichander's music is the second hero of the film and Tirru's scintillating visuals is another biggest strength. Peter Hein stunts are refreshing and the gun shots sounds powerful. Overall, Petta is way too long at 2 hours and 52 minutes, and could have done with some serious pruning, especially in its first half. Nevertheless, it's engaging because it is Rajinikanth's most coherent film in recent years. It has a sliver of a story, and its heart in the right place.
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#petta is EPIC ... superstar .. love you thalaivaaaaa ... tharamaana sambavam senjiteenga. Congrats to the whole team. @karthiksubbaraj .. big big big thank you .. we are indeed #rajinified .. Anirudh .. your best bgm work till date. Petta paraaaaaaak !!!!
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Happy experience watching #Petta FD in NJ. When walking out of the theater after the movie, I could feel unexplainable joy that got stuck with me !!! Thanks @karthiksubbaraj for bringing this joy in our lives again
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#Petta - Perfect Package of Pongal Treat to all. Action, sentiment, Comedy, another Mass combo film from @karthiksubbaraj and team...
Rating : 4.5/5
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@karthiksubbaraj has delivered what he promised. Thank you Thalaiva. @DOP_Tirru lighting , colour pattern ellam terrific . @anirudhofficial is extraordinary. Especially in climax. Indha Padam tha eppidi kondranga nu mattum parrunga . Industry hit . #PettaReview
My childhood (most of 90's nd 80's kids) super hero is here after long long time I saw him today after #Padaiyapa #Petta wat an awesome complete #Rajinikanth movi..Mass,Class,dialogues,dance emotion,romance wow wow thank you
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I'm speechless...in a complete hysteric feel..@karthiksubbaraj you beauty..
There is just ONE SUPERSTAR and Its Thalaivar alone...NO ONE CAN even come close to his Charisma and Screen presence..