Superstar Rajinikanth has revealed that his upcoming Tamil action-drama Petta, directed by Karthik Subbaraj, is an entertaining throwback to the kind of films he did in the 1990s. Here is what Rajini said at the audio launch of the film. "When Symbian and Kannan from Sun Pictures came home and requested me to act in their production, I immediately gave my nod. Karthik Subbaraj had pitched a story to me.
It was on my mind and as I listened to stories from other filmmakers, I wasn't quite satisfied. Then, I called Karthik again this year and asked him to narrate. This time, he stunned me with an excellent, well-developed version of the story he pitched earlier," Rajinikanth said, recalling how Petta started. The 67-year-old star was all praise for Karthik and said he has directed him like a hardcore Rajinikanth fan. "Karthik has a very different style of storytelling. He directed this film like a true Rajinikanth fan. 'Petta' is an entertaining throwback to the kind of films I did in the 1990s.
Karthik has extracted from me the kind of work I used to perform three to four decades ago," he said. The film marks the southern debut of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a pivotal role. He plays a character called Singaar Singh. The film also has Vijay Sethupathi, Trisha, Simran, Megha Akash, Malavika Mohanan and Sasikumar in key roles.