movie: peddhanna rating: 1.5/5 banner: sol photos cast: rajinikanth, kushbu, meena, nayanthara, keerthi suresh, soori, prakash raj, jagapathi babu, abimanyu singh and others music: d imman editor: ruben director of photography: vetri palaniswamy producers: kalanithi maran directed by: siva release date: November 4, 2021
“peddhnna” is the first rajinikanth film in a long time to be released without publicity or publicity. the telugu dubbed version of “annaatthe” has the least pre-release buzz for several reasons.
Story: Veeranna (Rajinikanth) is the president of a village. he is a caring brother too. veeranna says that she would give her life for her sister kanakam (keerthy suresh) if the need arises.
Her brother arranges a match for her and she agrees to see the happiness on her brother’s face even though she has a boyfriend in Calcutta where she completed her studies.
on her wedding day, she receives a call that her boyfriend has attempted suicide upon learning of their marriage. then she runs away.
six months later, veeranna discovers his whereabouts in calcutta. but she is in serious trouble. Who is behind her current situation? How does he protect her from her without appearing before her?
Artist Performances: Rajinikanth cannot be faulted for his performance or his energy. the aging superstar does his best despite being bogged down by the script. In the first half of the film, we catch a glimpse of energetic Rajinikanth doing comedy. however, in the second half, he seems too old to perform regular mass action stunts.
keerthy suresh seems clueless most of the time. she puts on a happy expression or a tearful face.
nayanthara’s character adds no value to the main story. jagapathi babu looks menacing, but his role is misspelled. meena and khushbu play minor roles.
Technical Excellence: The film has good production values and decent camera work. no song composed by d imman is recorded.
cons: outdated story formulaic writing boring comedy unbearable sentiment track
analysis Except for “kabali”, none of the recent rajinikanth films have generated pre-release buzz. “Petta”, “kaala” and “darbar”, his last three films bombed at the box office. Until five or six years ago, the Rajinikanth film release was celebrated as a festival. but such madness has now disappeared. its directors also fail to present vintage rajinikanth in a contemporary style to next generation audiences.
the last “peddhanna” (“annaatthe” in Tamil) also fails big time. director siva, whose recent movie “viswasam” starring ajith and nayanthara set fire to the box office, has tried to narrate an outdated drama of brother-sister sentiment with action elements. we have seen many action movies before. therefore “peddhanna” seems bland from the start.
for the first hour and a half, rajinikanth does some goofing around for comedic effect with comedienne soori, then engages in lengthy “pelli choopulu” scenes with khusbhu and meena. they enter the scene as old flames of veeranna (rajinikanth). This whole stretch is a shame to watch. In the name of bringing back memories of the 90s Rajinikanth-Meena, Rajinikanth-Kushbu movies, director Siva turns to the 90s script. Can these outdated comedy scenes bring laughs?
Furthermore, the movie completely shifts gears after the interval and turns into an outright mass-action drama. Rajinikanth wielding weapons and beating up thugs is an exhausting sight as the drama goes by without twists or turns. predictability and old-school storytelling put us to sleep.
rajinikanth listening to the labor pains of his sister keerthy suresh standing by a wall and protecting her without revealing his presence to her tried and tested tricks. even when nayanthara shelters her, keerthy suresh asks no questions about who she is and why she has been given a space in her home. In another scene, Keerthy Suresh goes to a bar at night to pay off a loan to a troublemaker. And soon, she sets the stage for a big fight. such clichéd scenes and formulas come one by one, making us feel as if we are watching a sentimental drama from a bygone era instead of today’s cinema.
Rajinikanth does his best to brighten up the dull process, but the drawn-out drama turns into a yawn.
In a nutshell, “peddhanna” is not only a huge disappointment; it is also a test for our patience levels. even the mighty rajinikanth can’t save this movie from the evil villain – pathetic writing. in a word: a great boredom.
end result: vaddhanna!