The Rajinikanth-starrer Petta, directed by Karthik Subbaraj, has been getting exciting responses from fans since its release yesterday. As the trailer had suggested, people’s thalaivar from the 80s and 90s was back on screen.
For the the second time in cinema, a Rajinikanth film released on the same day as Ajith’s. In August 1995, Ajith’s Rajavin Parvayile, also starring Vijay in the lead, released with Rajini’s Hindi film Aatank Hi Aatank.
However, this was the first time their Tamil films released together, and as of day 1, Petta has the box-office lead with a collection of Rs 1.12 crore in Chennai alone. Viswasam has collected Rs 0.88 crore in the city, making it the highest that an Ajith film has earned so far.
#Rajinified, #PettaParak, #MassMaranam, and a Keep Calm poster now and then, have been the trends on social media for some time now. Most audience responses have said that the film is an extraordinary family entertainer. And some have even said that just the first fifteen minutes of the film is worth the money spent.
Here are some of the best social media reactions from fans and movie-goers.
— ArunAshok (@arun661) January 11, 2019
Going to file a case on Karthik Subbaraj for damaging my throat.
Unlimited Goosebumps every two to three minutes. 70% energy finished in intro.
— ??visalpranav?? (@visalpranav) January 11, 2019
— Rajinifans.com (@rajinifans) January 10, 2019
— Kerala Rajini Fans (@Keralarajinifan) January 10, 2019
Meanwhile, many celebrities were excited about seeing their thalaivar on screen. Actors Karunukaran, Mahesh Babu, Sivakarthikeyan, Ashok Selvan, Harish Kalyan, Goutham Karthik, Kasturi Shankar tweeted their responses to the film.
They said that the Rajinikanth they loved for his humor, dance and style was back on screen. Praises for Karthik Subbaraj poured in. This was the best tribute from a fan to a star, they said.
We would have seen fan made poster teaser first time saw a Fan made film #Petta I loved this film song lyrics music and performance entire crew ?.Thank U my Dear friend for last minute tickets ??
— Karunakaran (@actorkaruna) January 11, 2019
#Petta is a tribute to all the fans of @rajinikanth sir, including me… Only one word… Thalaiva…? @karthiksubbaraj you are one of the finest talents we have ? @DOP_Tirru outstanding as always ? Congrats to the entire team…????#Rajinified
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) January 10, 2019
#Petta– #Thalaivar Full on mass mode??stylish,energetic @rajinikanth sir on screen…@anirudhofficial sirrrr bgms vera level… it’s a pure #Thalaivar swag.. Wishes to @karthiksubbaraj and full team ?? #Rajinified
— Sivakarthikeyan (@Siva_Kartikeyan) January 10, 2019
— Ashok Selvan (@AshokSelvan) January 10, 2019
— Harish kalyan (@iamharishkalyan) January 10, 2019
And it was like having a hanger in my mouth the whole time! I jus cudnt stop smiling! Thalaivaaaaaaa! @karthiksubbaraj Thankyou for #Petta ❤️?? after years a completely #Rajini package ? got #Rajinified ❤️ @rajinikanth ???
— Raveena.S.R (@raveena116) January 11, 2019
— Gautham Karthik (@Gautham_Karthik) January 10, 2019
#Petta – cinematography, one of the biggest plus for the movie .. lighting thro out the movie?
— Dhaya Alagiri (@dhayaalagiri) January 10, 2019
Each character he plays is just crafted & created for him!?What swag! Thalaivaa da..????❤️❤️#Petta! Extremely #Rajinified!??? Congratulations to entire team! Special thanks to @karthiksubbaraj for such a grand visual treat & @anirudhofficial with his best one ever!?✌️ pic.twitter.com/Y6bFVDynbE
— Manoj Kumar Manchu❤️ (@HeroManoj1) January 10, 2019
Interval block… MASSU MARANAM !
Thalaivar @rajinikanth looking SUPER HOT SUPER YOUNG SUPER STYLISH
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) January 10, 2019
Petta is a lengthy film with a run-time of 173 minutes, but it has certainly not bored its audiences.
However, speculations are rife that the filmmakers are planning to trim the film, to reduce its length by 20 minutes. The director is said to be waiting for Rajinikanth’s nod to make this move.
Meanwhile, read our review of Petta here.