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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, J. Mahendran and Guru Somasundaram. It 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
M. Sasikumar
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Bobby Simha
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 office149 crore[4]

Contents

Plot

Kaali 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, the son of a local leader. 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 Anwar, who is in a romantic relationship with Anu, the daughter of a pranic healer, Mangalam. 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 he 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 Jithu, the son of a powerful politician Singaaram alias Singaar Singh. Singaar and Kaali have a past animosity and on seeing Kaali and Anwar in the video, he 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, who was Kaali's best friend, with Kaali's real name being Petta Velan alias Petta. Twenty years ago, in a village in Madurai district, Maalik was in love with Poongodi, who was impregnated by him out of wedlock. When Petta heard of this, he and his wife Saro managed to convince Poongodi's father Rajapandi to get Poongodi married to Maalik, even though he and Petta were sworn enemies. But Rajapandi's two sons, Devaaram and Singaar, vehemently opposed the alliance as well as transfer of property to Poongodi and killed their father as a result. 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 learnt 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 twenty years ago and that the men he sent to kill Jithu were his own and not Singaar's. After this shocking revelation, Petta kills Jithu off-screen.

Cast

Production

Development

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]

Casting

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] Aaditya 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]

Filming

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]

Release

Petta was released on 10 January 2019.[49]

Soundtrack

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, where the latter marks his return to sing Rajini's intro song after a gap of 4 years. 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 was bagged under Sony Music in 6th December 2018.

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 & Inno Genga4:56
10."Kaali Theme" Instrumental1:05
11."Thappad Maara"Karthik SubbarajSarwar Khan, Sartaz Khan Barna1:57
12."Raman Andalum - Cimax Remix" S.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"Anantha SriramAnirudh Ravichander, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Rajinikanth (Voice Over)3:36
2."Petta Theme" Instrumental1:46
3."Pedhavi Chirakaley"BhaskarabhatlaVijayprakash3:37
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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