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Petta
Petta poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKarthik Subbaraj
Produced byKalanithi Maran[1]
Written byKarthik Subbaraj
StarringRajinikanth
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
CinematographyTirru
Edited byVivek Harshan
Production
company
Distributed bySun Pictures
Release date
  • 10 January 2019 (2019-01-10)
Running time
172 minutes[2][3]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Box officeest. ₹220–250 crore[4][5]

Petta (transl. Hood) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action drama film[6] written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj. The film was produced by Kalanithi Maran under the banner Sun Pictures. The film stars Rajinikanth in the lead role, while Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, Sasikumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bobby Simha, Sananth, Megha Akash, and Malavika Mohanan in supporting roles. The music was composed by Anirudh Ravichander with editing done by Vivek Harshan and cinematography by Tirru. The film was released on 10 January 2019 along with dubbed versions in Hindi and Telugu.[7]

Plot[edit]

Kaali, an elderly man, takes up the job of a boys' hostel warden at a college in Ooty. He notices that the hostel is dominated by a group of unruly final-year students, who are led by Michael, the spoiled son of a local leader named Gnanam. Kaali puts a stop to Michael's antics, which leads to enmity between the two. Kaali also forms a close bond with a NRI hostelite named Anwar, who is in a relationship with Anu, the daughter of Mangalam, a pranic healer. Kaali convinces Mangalam to accept her daughter's relationship with Anwar, and they end up falling in love.

Michael, who lusts for Anu, is angered on hearing of her relationship with Anwar. He attempts to harass them, only to be stopped by Kaali, who ensures the suspension of Michael and his friends, with Anwar recording and sharing the humiliation of Michael and his gang. This video is noticed far away in Uttar Pradesh by a local goon named Jithu, the son of a powerful politician called Singaaram alias Singaar Singh. Singaar, on seeing Anwar in the video as well as in a photo with his mother on Facebook, sends his men to Ooty to kill Anwar, for unknown reasons. At the same time, Michael, humiliated at his suspension, sends his men to beat up (but not kill) Kaali. Michael's plan backfires as he and his men are caught in the fight between Kaali and Singaar's men. Kaali subdues Singaar's men, earning Michael's and Gnanam's respect, following which Anwar learns about his past.

Anwar is the son of Maalik, who was Kaali's best friend. It is also revealed that Kaali's real name is Petta Velan alias Petta and that he was a well-respected man in his village in Madurai district. Twenty years ago, Maalik was in love with Petta's neighbour Poongodi, who conceived with him out of wedlock. When Petta heard of this, he and his wife Saraswathy alias Saro managed to convince Poongodi's father Rajapandi to get Poongodi married to Maalik, even though Rajapandi and Petta were sworn enemies. But Rajapandi's two sons, Devaaram and Singaar, vehemently opposed the alliance as well as the transfer of property to Poongodi. They then killed their father. Petta, on hearing about Rajapandi's murder, killed Devaaram during Rajapandi's funeral and chased Singaar out of the village. As revenge for Devaaram's killing and his forced exile, Singaar orchestrates a bomb blast during Poongodi's seemantham, killing Maalik, Saro, and Petta and Saro's son Chinna. Petta, after finding that Poongodi was still alive, took her to safety. Poongodi later gave birth to a boy, who is revealed to be Anwar, and both of them left for Australia as refugees to escape from Singaar. On hearing this story, Petta and Anwar, along with Michael's henchmen, leave for Uttar Pradesh to finish off Singaar once and for all.

In Uttar Pradesh, Petta and Anwar confront Jithu, who is determined to kill them both after learning that his father and Petta are enemies. The duo manage to escape Jithu. Later, Petta meets Jithu privately and tells him that he is none other than his son Chinna, who did not die in the bomb blast, but was adopted by Singaar after finding him still alive in the wreckage of the blast. When Jithu confronts Singaar regarding his parentage, the latter sends his men to kill Jithu, who is rescued by Petta. Along with Anwar and Michael's henchmen, Petta and Jithu then barge into Singaar's mansion and kill him and his henchmen.

Following Singaar's death, Petta has a surprise in store for Jithu. He reveals that Jithu is not his son and that he really is Singaar's son. He used him to lead him to Singaar as part of a strategy to kill the latter. He further adds that Chinna had died in the bomb blast twenty years ago. After this shocking revelation, Petta points his gun at Jithu. The screen cuts to black, and a gunshot afterwards is heard.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In early February 2018, after completing his filming commitments for Pa. Ranjith's Kaala (2018), Rajinikanth held final discussions with a group of young directors, including Arun Prabu Purushothaman, Atlee, and Karthik Subbaraj for his next project.[15] On 23 February 2018, production house Sun Pictures announced that they would produce a film starring Rajinikanth to be directed by Karthik Subbaraj. To accommodate the film's shoot throughout the course of 2018, the director postponed the pre-production work of another proposed film starring Dhanush for Y NOT Studios.[16][17] Subbaraj revealed that he was confident about approaching Rajinikanth to work on his film, after the actor was impressed with his earlier project, Jigarthanda (2014) and expressed a desire to collaborate. The pair had first discussed the script in early 2017, but Rajinikanth did not take a final call until finishing his existing filming commitments to Kaala and 2.0 (2018).[18] Talking about the project, Subbaraj initially revealed that the film would be an "action drama" which was "fictional" but "realistic".[19][6]

Anirudh Ravichander was signed on to work as the film's music composer in early March 2018, in a move which saw him collaborate with his maternal uncle Rajinikanth, and Subbaraj, for the first time.[20][21] Tirru and Vivek Harshan were selected to be the film's cinematographer and editor respectively, continuing their collaboration with Subbaraj following their work in Mercury (2018).[22] Likewise, stunt choreographer Peter Hein also joined the team thereafter.[23] In late May 2018, Subbaraj and Tirru went on a recce to scout locations in Nepal and North India to shoot the film.[24] The film's title Petta was revealed on 7 September 2018.[1]

Casting[edit]

Vijay Sethupathi was signed on to play a character in April 2018, and accordingly reworked his dates to fit the film into his busy schedule.[25][26] The actor signed the film after a month of media speculation that he would portray a villainous role, and revealed that he signed the film as he had blind trust in Subbaraj, and initially did not request to listen to the script.[27] Subbaraj had also been keen to sign Fahadh Faasil for a role in the film, but the actor's filming commitments for Varathan (2018) meant that he could not allot dates.[28] Hindi film actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui joined the cast in July 2018, while two other regular collaborators of Subbaraj, actors Bobby Simha and Sananth, were also signed to play pivotal roles in the film.[29] Other members of the cast included supporting actors Guru Somasundaram,[30] Ramdoss,[31] Shabeer Kallarakkal,[32] Deepak Paramesh,[33] Adithya Shivpink,[34] and Manikandan R. Achari.[35]

For leading female roles, the team held discussions throughout March 2018 with actresses Trisha, Deepika Padukone, and Anjali, but neither were signed immediately.[36][37][38] In July 2018, the producers announced that Simran had joined the cast to play as pair of Rajinikanth.[39] Trisha was eventually added to the cast in August 2018,[40] while Malavika Mohanan was also signed to appear alongside Rajinikanth.[41][42] Megha Akash was cast as Sananth's pair, and joined the shoot before the release of any of her initial Tamil films, Boomerang, Enai Noki Paayum Thota and Oru Pakka Kathai.[43] In October, M. Sasikumar and J. Mahendran joined the cast.[44][45]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in June 2018. The first schedule of the shoot began on 7 June at Eastern Forest Rangers College at St. Mary's Hill, Kurseong in Darjeeling, with the initial portions lasting nine days. The team then shot in other location across Darjeeling and the hill towns for a further month, in locations including St. Paul's and Mount Hermon School.[46][47] To finish the first schedule, the team returned to Kurseong for six days. An audition to cast 150 local actors was also held in Charbagh, Lucknow during the first schedule.[48] During the making of the schedule, Rajinikanth met with politician Gautam Deb, who helped the makers have a hassle free shoot in exchange for the promotion of tourism in the area.[49] Principal photography wrapped in October 2018, fifteen days ahead of schedule.[50]

Soundtrack[edit]

Petta (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Petta Album.jpg
Digital Soundtrack Album Cover
Soundtrack album by
Released9 December 2018
Recorded2018
Studio
  • Albuquerque Records, Chennai
  • Tapas Studios, Chennai
  • Knack Studios, Chennai
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length27:43
LanguageTamil
LabelSony Music
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
Kolamavu Kokila
(2018)
Petta (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
(2018)
Jersey
(2019)
Singles from Petta
  1. "Marana Mass"
    Released: 3 December 2018 (2018-12-03)
  2. "Ullallaa"
    Released: 7 December 2018 (2018-12-07)

The soundtrack album and background score is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, marking his first collaboration with Rajinikanth and Karthik Subbaraj. The lyrics were penned by Vivek, Ku. Karthik, Dhanush and Karthik Subbaraj. The audio launch took place on 9 December 2018, at Sai Leo Muthu Auditorium, Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, Chennai. The album consists of all eleven songs, which 5 of them are theme songs. The first single track, "Marana Mass" was released on 3 December 2018, followed by "Ullallaa" which released on 7 December 2018. The full album was made available for digital download on 9 December 2018, under the Sony Music record label, which had acquired the audio rights of the film. On February 2019, the album crossed 250 million streams on all platforms.[51][52][53]

Tamil
Track listing
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Marana Mass"VivekAnirudh Ravichander, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Rajinikanth (Voice Over)3:36
2."Petta Theme" Instrumental1:46
3."Ilamai Thirumbuthe"DhanushAnirudh Ravichander3:37
4."Madura Petta" Instrumental1:18
5."Petta Paraak"VivekAnirudh Ravichander & Chorus, Rajinikanth (Voice Over)3:58
6."Singaar Singh Theme" Instrumental1:24
7."Aaha Kalayanam"Ku. KarthikAnthony Daasan2:54
8."Jithu Theme" Instrumental1:12
9."Ullaallaa"VivekNakash Aziz, Inno Genga4:56
10."Kaali Theme" Instrumental1:05
11."Thappad Maara"Karthik SubbarajSarwar Khan, Sartaz Khan Barna1:57
12."Raman Andalum – Climax Remix"Gangai AmaranS. P. Balasubrahmanyam1:07
Total length:27:43
Hindi
Track listing
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Mass Marudan"Raqueeb AlamAnirudh Ravichander, Mano3:36
2."Petta Theme" Instrumental1:46
3."Nazar Sarsari"Raqueeb AlamDarshan Raval3:37
4."Madura Petta" Instrumental1:18
5."Petta Paraak"Raqueeb AlamNakul Abhyankar & Chorus3:58
6."Singaar Singh Theme" Instrumental1:24
7."Yeh Shaadiyana"Raqueeb AlamRahul Sipligunj2:54
8."Jithu Theme" Instrumental1:12
9."Ullaallaa"Raqueeb AlamNakash Aziz & Inno Genga4:56
10."Kaali Theme" Instrumental1:05
11."Thappad Maara"Karthik SubbarajSarwar Khan Sartaz Khan Barna1:57
Total length:27:43
Telugu
Track listing
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Marana Mass"Ananta SriramAnirudh Ravichander, Mano, Rajinikanth (Voice Over)3:36
2."Petta Theme" Instrumental1:46
3."Pedhavi Chirakaley"BhaskarabhatlaVijay Prakash3:37
4."Vizag Petta" Instrumental1:18
5."Petta Paraak"ChandraboseNakul Abhyankar & Chorus3:58
6."Simhachalam Singh Theme" Instrumental1:24
7."Aaha Kalayanam"Sri ManiRahul Sipligunj2:54
8."Jithu Theme" Instrumental1:12
9."Ullaallaa"Ramajogayya SastryNakash Aziz & Inno Genga4:56
10."Kaali Theme" Instrumental1:05
11."Thappad Maara"Karthik SubbarajSarwar Khan, Sartaz Khan Barna1:57
Total length:27:43

Release and reception[edit]

Release[edit]

Petta was released on 10 January 2019, coinciding with the occasion of Thai Pongal festival.[54]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics.[55]

M. Suganth from The Times of India, rated 3.5 out of 5, stating that "Petta is less of a Karthik Subbaraj film, but it gives Rajini fans their Thalaivar in a way that they have been dying to see him, celebrating the Rajinisms."[56] Filmibeat rated the film 3.5 out of 5, stating "Petta is definitely a film that stays loyal to its genre and it keeps the audiences entertained despite some of the dragging moments in the second half. It is indeed a treat for all Rajinikanth fans as the superstar steals the show in a way that only he can."[57] Srinivasa Ramanujam of The Hindu stated that "Despite quite a few underwritten characters, Petta triumphs by bringing back the Superstar of yore!"[58] NDTV rated the film 2.5 out of 5, and summarised that "Rajinikanth returns to the basics with aplomb. Just go and watch it for the Rajinikanth that you missed in his last few releases."[59] Indiaglitz rated the film 3.75 out of 5, stating that "Go for this kickass true blue Thalaivar movie in which Karthik Subbaraj Rajinifies you."[60] Sify rated the film 3 out of 5.[61] India Today rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, and summarised that "Petta is a classic Rajinikanth film that his fans should not miss".[62] Anusha Iyengar from the Times Now rated 3.5 out of 5, with a verdict "Petta is a complete mass entertainer with twists and turns that will make you howl in the theatres like you would in a Thalaiva film. It is relevant to the current day and age; it’s a film that all Rajinikanth fans will definitely enjoy!"[63] Baradwaj Rangan, rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, stating "Jigarthanda and Iraivi were sprawling stories but there was a sense of a gradual buildup, the sense of the narrative noose being slowly tightened. But Petta looks rushed and even the Karthik Subbaraj flourishes come off like affectations"[64] Behindwoods rated the film 3 out of 5, stating that "Style! Mass! Style! Petta is a celebration of Superstar Rajinikanth. Go enjoy it."[65]

In contrast, The Indian Express rated 2 out of 5 stars, reviewing that "Karthik Subbaraj has a sense of style, which breaks through only occasionally in Petta. For that Rajini Sarr will have to submit a little more to the script, and a last little twist in the long drawn-out climax holds out hope."[66] Gauthaman Baskaran, from News18 rated 1 out of 5 stating that, "Petta turns out be yet another outing for Rajinikanth who relies on gimmicks rather than solid performance."[67]

Box office[edit]

Petta was released on 600 screens in Tamil Nadu with tough competition from Viswasam. The film grossed ₹1.12 crore at the Chennai box office. The film also grossed $133K at the US, overtaking Viswasam which grossed $18K.[68] On its opening day, the film grossed ₹366 million worldwide, with a share of ₹190 million worldwide. The film collected ₹105 crore, in 3 days and grosed more than ₹138 crore in the opening weekend.[69] The film collected 105 crore (US$16.37 million) worldwide on 4 days.[70] The film collected ₹200 crore within 23 days.[71] The film collected 135 crore (US$21.04 million) in Tamil Nadu, 15 crore (US$2.34 million) in Karnataka, 11 crore (US$1.71 million) in Rest of India and 76 crore (US$11.85 million) in Overseas with a total of 237 crore (US$36.94 million) worldwide at the end of 17 days.[72]

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