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Petta - Honest Movie Review

When director Karthik Subbaraj promised that Petta (2019) would be a tribute to Superstar Rajinikanth, he delivered as promised. The film is basically a modern re-imagination of Baasha and as the audience, you pretty much know the course of where the film is headed. However, the director has placed certain clever plot twists that keeps you from guessing how it ends. The director constantly reminds you that Petta is a throwback film by subtly throwing in certain “feelers.” The film consistently has old Tamil film songs littered throughout the movie and the side characters and their names are a throwback to Baasha, which I found smart. There were some impressive Gun-Kata action sequences towards the climax of the film which is a breakaway from the usual Tamil cinema hero fights.

Verdict - “Intha Aatam Pothuma?”

Bringing back vintage Rajinikanth with his trademark swag and bounce works for the masses because it encapsulates the very root of his acting dexterity. Superstar Rajinikanth, with his larger-than-life screen presence, is simply a performer. Thus, Karthik Subbaraj paints the film with bouts of Rajinism, allowing the actor to showcase emotion, throw punch dialogues and capture the audience with his inimitable style. Personally, I think this is one of the main strengths of the film as it does not pretend to be director’s film and it belongs uniquely to the Superstar himself. 

However, the film did have its drawbacks. The first half of the film was a bit too long for me and I wished it could have been edited shorter to get the actual plot of the film going. There were many characters introduced that were not really necessary and if they had actually been edited out, the movie would have rated much better. Simran and Trisha barely had 15 minutes of screen time before they disappeared. The antagonists of the film, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vijay Sethupathi felt really underused and underwritten and it could literally have been just anyone else to play their roles. Vijay Sethupathi is delightful to watch and the screen times he spends with Rajinikanth are some of the highlight of the film. However, if you’re thinking of some sort of Vikram Vedha type of cat and mouse game between the two, you’d be left disappointed.

It could have been a much smoother ride if not for certain speed breakers, but Petta (2019) is a treat for ardent Rajinikanth fans who have been waiting to see their Thalaivar of old.

Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B+


An Honest Movie Review by Siddharthen R.
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Seema Raja - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Unexciting Commercial Pot Boiler!

As expected, Director Ponram repeats the same formula with Seema Raja similar to what he had done in his previous two flicks with Siva Karthikeyan in the lead role. While his previous two films were at least entertaining to an extent, Seema Raja, on the other hand, was bland and boring cause Ponram had decided not to write anything fresh or intriguing to a rising star who trusted him for the third time. Like ‘Siruthai’ Siva for Thala Ajith Kumar, Ponram is for Siva Karthikeyan. That explains everything that I wanted to say.

So, the movie is all about Seema Raja (Siva Karthikeyan), 33rd Rajah of Singampatti, wealthy Zamindars during the pre-independent era, trying to win Kathadi Kannan (Lal) and his second wife Kaaleshwari (Simran) on a brawl over village market. The rest of the film explains how Seema Raja defeats them and marries his lady love Suthanthira Selvi (Samantha Akkineni).
 

Now, looking at the filmography of Siva Karthikeyan, comprising of 12 films, I would say he had played the same or similar role in more than half of the movies. Seems like Karthikeyan is tailor-made for the role of unemployed, lollygagger, roaming around the heroine, harassing her in the name of love and to be honest he does the role well and glorifies stalking. He even took stalking to a whole new level with his previous film ‘Remo’. Even though Siva Karthikeyan has been criticised in the past for promoting stalking in his films, the director while addressing ‘The News Minute’ has said who else can go behind the heroine instead of the hero and justifies the act.

By the way, what didn’t work with ‘Seemaraja’ is almost everything. The plot was an overly clichéd one. The screenplay tested my patience and after a long time during a movie I was looking at my watch every now and then, hoping for the movie to end soon. In addition to an already lengthy film, and making the enmity added a twenty-minute flashback sequence in which Karthikeyan appears as Amarendra Baahubali, which was absolutely unnecessary.

Even the entertainment factors in the movie such as Soori’s comedy didn’t provide any relief from the dreary state of the film except for few scenes. Songs in a Siva Karthikeyan film are usually a factor to look forward too but interestingly even the songs of this film had a repetition in their placement. An intro song, a song for stalking, a sad one when the heroine says ‘No’ for his eternal love, interesting isn’t it? 

Samantha Akkineni has been doing roles which didn’t have much importance, conventional, formulaic characters lately. For the first time in a while, I have seen an actress be a part of two movies releasing on the same day ('U Turn' being the other). Even though she had nothing much to do in ‘Seemaraja’, except for showing her brilliant wonderful Silambattam skills, 'U Turn' turned out to be a great attempt in her career.

With that being said, I don’t want to talk about anything else, any other supporting roles or technical department as this movie doesn’t require any more discussion. Seema Raja is a tedious watch. A big yawn! 

My Rating – 1.5/5 | Grade – D+ (A Hangover!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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