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Petta (lit. Hood) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Karthik Subbaraj and produced by Kalanithi Maran under his production studio Sun Pictures. The film stars Rajinikanth with an ensemble cast including Vijay Sethupathi, Simran, Trisha, M. Sasikumar, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bobby Simha, Sananth Reddy, Megha Akash, and Malavika Mohanan. 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.

Petta
Petta poster.jpg
Poster
Directed byKarthik Subbaraj
Produced byKalanithi Maran[1]
Written byKarthik Subbaraj
StarringRajinikanth
Vijay Sethupathi
Simran
Trisha Krishnan
M. Sasikumar
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Bobby Simha
Sananth Reddy
Megha Akash
Malavika Mohanan
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 office250 crore[4]

Contents

PlotEdit

Kaali (Rajinikanth) is an elderly man who takes up a job as a boys hostel warden at a college in Darjeeling. When he first comes to the hostel, he notices it being dominated by a group of rowdy final-year students led by Michael (Bobby Simha), the son of a local leader named Gnanam (Aadukalam Naren). Kaali manages to put a full stop to Michael's antics, which leads to enmity between the two. Kaali forms a close bond with an NRI hostelite named Anwar (Sananth Reddy), who is in a romantic relationship with Anu (Megha Akash), the daughter of a pranic healer, Mangalam (Simran). When Kaali meets Mangalam to convince her to accept her daughter's relationship with Anwar, they both fall in love.

Michael, who lusts for Anu, is angered on hearing of her relationship with Anwar, and 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 (Vijay Sethupathi), the son of a powerful politician called Singaaram alias Singaar Singh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Singaar and Kaali have a past animosity, and on seeing Kaali and Anwar in the video, Singaar sends his men to Darjeeling to kill them both. 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, following which Anwar learns about his past.

Anwar is the son of Maalik (M. Sasikumar), who was Kaali's best friend, with Kaali's real name being Petta Velan. 20 years ago, in a village in Madurai district, Maalik was in love with Poongodi (Malavika Mohanan), who was impregnated by him out of wedlock. When Petta heard of this, he and his wife Saro (Trisha Krishnan) managed to convince Poongodi's father Rajapandi (J. Mahendran) to get Poongodi married to Maalik, even though he and Petta were sworn enemies. Unfortunately, Rajapandi's two sons, Devaaram (Vettai Muthukumar) 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. In retribution, Singaar orchestrated a bomb blast during Poongodi's seemantham, killing Maalik, Saro, and Petta and Saro's son Chinna. Petta found out that Poongodi was still alive and took her to safety. Poongodi gave birth to a boy, who was none other than Anwar, and both of them left for Australia as refugees to escape from Singaar. On hearing this story, Petta and Anwar, along with Michael, who has settled his differences with Petta, and his henchmen, leave for Uttar Pradesh to finish off Singaar.

In Uttar Pradesh, Petta and Anwar come into confrontation with Jithu, who is determined to kill them both after he also learned about the animosity between Petta and his father. They manage to escape from him. 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 out that he was still alive. 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 20 years ago and that the men he sent to kill Jithu were his own and not Singaar's. He then tells Jithu that he will either kill him or leave him alive. After some time, the screen turns black and a gunshot is heard.

CastEdit

  • Rajinikanth as Petta Velan (Kaali), a former karate master who gets hired as a hostel warden and crosses a group of dreaded gangsters[5]
  • Vijay Sethupathi as Jithu, Singaar's son and a local goon in Uttar Pradesh[6]
  • Simran as Mangalam, Petta's love interest and a pranic healer[7]
  • Trisha Krishnan as Saro, Petta's wife who dies in a bomb blast which was orchestrated by Singaar[8]
  • M. Sasikumar as Maalik, Petta's best friend who died in the same bomb blast[9]
  • Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Singaaram "Singaar" (Singaar Singh), a rowdy-turned-politician who had a past animosity with Petta[10]
  • Bobby Simha as Michael "Mike", a final-year college student who developed an enmity with Petta but later settled his differences with him[11]
  • Sananth Reddy as Anwar, Maalik's son and an NRI hostelite who shares a close bond with Petta
  • Megha Akash as Anu, Mangalam's daughter and Anwar's love interest
  • Malavika Mohanan as Poongodi, Anwar's mother, Maalik's wife and Singaar's younger sister who was impregnated by Maalik out of wedlock and whom Petta took to safety
  • J. Mahendran as Rajapandi, the father of Devaaram, Singaar, and Poongodi and Petta's sworn enemy who was killed by Devaaram and Singaar
  • Vettai Muthukumar as Devaaram, the eldest brother of Singaar and Poongodi
  • Guru Somasundaram as the district collector and Petta's close friend
  • Aadukalam Naren as Gnanam, Michael's father and a local leader
  • Y. Gee. Mahendra as Ram Prakash, the college principal
  • Ramdoss as Chittu, the college mess supervisor
  • Chinni Jayanth as Cheenu, Mangalam's patient
  • Vivek Prasanna as College Professor
  • Ramachandran Durairaj as Gnanam's henchman
  • Manikandan R. Achari as Gnanam's henchman
  • Deepak Paramesh as Michael's friend
  • Adithya Shivpink as Michael's friend
  • Thennavan as Minister Thangam
  • Gajaraj as Shanmugam, a Tamilian living in Uttar Pradesh
  • Venkatesh as Selva Vinayagam
  • Shabeer Kallarakkal as Arjith
  • Vaibhav Reddy in a special appearance as Idhayam Murali in the song "Aaha Kalyanam"

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

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.[12] 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.[13][14] 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).[15] Talking about the project, Subbaraj initially revealed that the film would be an "action drama" which was "fictional" but "realistic".[16][17]

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.[18][19] 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).[20] Likewise, stunt choreographer Peter Hein also joined the team thereafter.[21] In late May 2018, Subbaraj and Tirru went on a recce to scout locations in Nepal and North India to shoot the film.[22] The film's title Petta was revealed on 7 September 2018.[1]

CastingEdit

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.[23][24] 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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] Other members of the cast included supporting actors Guru Somasundaram,[28] Ramdoss,[29] Shabeer Kallarakkal,[30] Deepak Paramesh,[31] Adithya Shivpink,[32] and Manikandan R. Achari.[33]

For leading female roles, the team held discussions throughout March 2018 with actresses Trisha, Deepika Padukone, and Anjali, but neither were signed immediately.[34][35][36] In July 2018, the producers announced that Simran had joined the cast to play as pair of Rajinikanth.[37] Trisha was eventually added to the cast in August 2018,[38] while Malavika Mohanan was also signed to appear alongside Rajinikanth.[39][40] 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.[41] In October, M. Sasikumar and J. Mahendran joined the cast.[42][43]

FilmingEdit

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.[44][45] 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.[46] 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.[47] Principal photography wrapped in October 2018, fifteen days ahead of schedule.[48]

ReleaseEdit

Petta was released on 10 January 2019.[49]

SoundtrackEdit

Petta (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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
Kalanithi Maran
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 was composed by Anirudh Ravichander, replacing Subbaraj's usual music director Santhosh Narayanan, who collaborated for his films before.[50]

The first single, a dappan koothu number titled "Marana Mass" was released on December 3, featuring the vocals of Anirudh Ravichander and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. The second single and the full album tracklist are expected to be released on December 7 and December 9 respectively.[51][52]

The audio rights were secured by Sony Music on 6 December 2018.[clarification needed]

Lyrics are written by Vivek, Ku. Karthik, Dhanush and Karthik Subbaraj.

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, Innogen Gengatharan4:56
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, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, 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 Sai RamRahul 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

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