Petta Movie - 5 Reason To Watch Pongal Release

Petta Movie - 5 Reason To Watch Pongal Release 

‘Petta’ is your most mainstream film yet, with a huge canvas and cast. How challenging was it for you to scale up?

This script is definitely different. This is the most massy, commercial script I have written so far. It was a new experience for me to create scenes for a larger-than-life hero. I could not treat the scenes as I have in Pizza or Iraivi. But we also did not want Petta to be an out-and-out masala film as it has very strong content.

Tell us about the other actors in ‘Petta’, including Vijay Sethupathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who makes his debut in Tamil cinema.
This film has important, strong characters. Rajini sir was also excited when I said we have Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vijay Sethupathi. The characters have their own space and importance. When you see so many good performers in the same frame, it is exciting for me as a director.

I am a very big fan of Nawazuddin – what an actor he is. From Gangs of Wasseypur to Badlapur, I have seen all his films. I also feel that his face is very South Indian.

Rajini sir used to say that Baasha [1995] worked very well because it had such a strong antagonist in Raghuvaran. He believed in having a strong antagonist to give the story a good kick. That is why when Petta demanded two antagonists, we decided on Nawazuddin and Vijay Sethupathi. The casting is unusual, the combination is new, and it holds together the drama very well.

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