Rajinikanth back to enthrall fans with 'Petta', his first release of 2019

Rajinikanth in a poster of 'Petta'. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Jan 10, 2019, 10.33 AM (IST) Sidharth MP

After enthralling fans by playing scientist Vaseegaran and Chitti the robot in 2018 year-end film '2.0', Rajinikanth is back on screens in his latest flick 'Petta' which releases this Friday.

The superstar plays a hostel warden in the film. In Tamil, the word 'Petta' means hood, or the area under one's control. The film is directed by Karthik Subbaraj who is an ardent Rajini fan himself. "Usually, I write my scripts first then think of the actors, or I have a reference of someone. This is the first time I wrote for a hero," Subbaraj said ahead of the release of the film.

Rajinikanth's last few films have not broken the box office records, as they are known to do, but the filmmaker said this was not something that he worried about.

"There was no worry. The makers are not worried. There is no effect of all that," he added.

petta fan

(Fane queue up outside a theatre in Chennai to buy tickets for 'Petta'). (Pic: ANI)

Subbraj said the film is based on the relationship between the superstar's character and the students.

'Petta' is releasing at a time when a few theaters are still running '2.0', which was touted as India's most expensive film.

'Petta' is being released right ahead of the Pongal, an important festival in the Tamil calendar and coincides with Sankranti which is celebrated across India. Family audiences flock to theaters during Pongal holidays. Rajini being the phenomenon that he is, his films have a massive global reception, especially in the countries with large Indian diaspora.

But 'Petta' has some competition in the form of Ajith Kumar's 'Viswasam'. The two big ticket films will be battling it out at the box office. It is being said that 'Petta' will be a delight for Rajini fans. With the usual punchlines, style statements and gestures 'Petta' will bring back the classic Rajinikanth. Its trailer has trademark Rajinikanth moments - from the way he flips cigarettes to wearing his sunglasses.

Subbaraj said he consciously kept those whistle-worthy moments in the script. "I wanted to show his style on screen. I wanted to watch it on screen. I was not only a fan but a director too who was watching his idol performing. Every moment was great," he said.

The film also stars Simran, Trisha, Vijay Sethupathi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bobby Simha and Sasikumar.