Rajinikanth on Petta: Karthik Subbaraj’s film is an action-packed entertainer, perfect for Pongal

With 2.0 still running in theatres successfully, and Rajinikanth’s birthday just a day away, the audio launch of his forthcoming film Petta was conducted on 9 December in Chennai by Sun Pictures.

“2.0 has become a huge hit worldwide. I want to thank all the audiences across the globe. The entire credit for the victory goes to director Shankar, producer Subaskaran and the technicians who worked in the film. Actually, it was Kalanithi Maran of Sun Pictures who flagged off this franchise with Enthiran in 2010. After the film emerged a massive success, Maran sir came to my house and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 crore from the profit, in addition to my salary. Not just me, he shared some incentive with Shankar and AR Rahman too,” recalled Rajinikanth while thanking the audience for 2.0’s success.

Talking about how Petta originated, Rajinikanth revealed, “When Sembian and Kannan from Sun Pictures came home and requested me to act in their production, I immediately gave my nod. Two years before, Karthik Subbaraj had narrated a story to me. Although I listened to stories from other filmmakers, it didn’t satisfy me. Then, I called Karthik again this year and asked him to narrate. This time, he had come up with an excellent, developed version of the story, and I liked it. That’s how Petta started.”

Petta marks the first-time collaboration of young filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj (Pizza, Jigarthanda, Iraivi) and Rajinikanth. “The story of Petta is set against in a hill station. We have shot extensively in Uttar Pradesh, and the film has a different subject. Since the screenplay demanded 40 days of shooting in a hill station, we had to go to the north. We definitely could not have filmed in Tamil Nadu because of the love of fans. The film has been shot in picturesque locations of Mussourie, Dehradun, and Darjeeling,” said Rajinikanth.

Vijay Sethupathi is an extraordinary actor, says Rajinikanth

Showering praise on Vijay Sethupathi, Rajinikanth said, “I was anxious about the casting choice for the role of Jithu. I couldn’t think of anyone for that role. Karthik suggested Vijay Sethupathi, and I was delighted when he agreed to play the part. He is not an ordinary talent. I’ve seen his films, and he’s an extraordinary actor. He meticulously thinks about every shot before he performs. He improvises each scene by constantly thinking to do something fresh. He’s also an extraordinary human being and has great clarity of thought. He thinks like a psychiatrist. After a long time, I felt that I had worked with a good actor.”

The superstar also heaped praise on Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is making his Tamil film debut with the film. He plays the role of Singaar Singh in the movie. “Whenever Nawazuddin Siddiqui comes on screen, he churns out something different. He has turned in a versatile performance.”