Petta review: More celebration, less film

Petta movie cast: Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sasikumar, Simran, Bobby Simha, Sanath, Trisha, Megha Akash, Malavika Mohanan
Petta movie director: Karthik Subbaraj
Petta movie rating: 3/5

Even the names of the characters are inspired by the actor’s previous films. Rajinikanth is named Kaali (a hostel warden) in Petta. He was called ‘Kaali’ in J Mahendran’s Mullum Malarum, which turned out to be a milestone in Rajinikanth’s career. It was, in fact, considered a ‘revolutionary film’. Remember? Rajinikanth had a Muslim friend in Baashha and his name was Anwar. Similarly, in Petta, Kaali aka Petta Velan also has a one, Malik (Sasikumar). What is more interesting is Sasikumar’s son is named Anwar (Sanath). Trisha plays Saro, and it is the name of yesteryear actor Madhavi’s role in Thillu Mullu.

Petta works like a dose of nostalgia. After many years, you see Y Gee Mahendra (once a regular in Rajinikanth films) again teaming up with the actor (though they have no scenes together), besides Chinni Jayanth and director J Mahendran. I wish there were combination scenes for each of them with the Superstar.

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