Director: Karthik Subbaraj
Cast: Rajinikanth as Petta Velan alias Kaali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Singaaram aka Singaar Singh, Vijay Sethupathi as Jithu, Simran as Mangalam (Anu's mother), Bobby Simha as Michael, Sananth Reddy as Anwar, Sasi Kumar as Maalik (Petta's best friend), Trisha as Saraswathi aka Saro (Petta's wife), and Megha Aakash as Anu.
Petta tells the story of a man who stands for his friend despite thick and thin phases of life. The movie starts with An elderly Kaali taking up the job of a boys hostel warden of a college in Darjeeling. He immediately senses that Michael, the son of a local politician has a stronghold in the college. He Kaali shows Michael his place and brings order to the college. In the meantime, he wins the respect of other students. Michael nurses a grudge against Kaali.
Kaali strikes a friendship with an NRI student in the college named Anwar. He also finds that Anwar has been in love with a girl named Anu. When Kaali goes to Anu’s home to talk about this, he falls in love with Anu’s mother, Mangalam who is a pranic healer. But Michael has an eye on Anu and confronts Kaali and Anwar regarding this. Kaali stops Michael and his friends and ensures Michael and his gang gets suspended.
Michael vows to take revenge for this humiliation. With the help of a Facebook post of Anwar, a politician named Singar Singh finds about Anwar and his mother and send his men to kill him. At the same time, Michael sends his men to beat up Kaali. Kaali expertly fends off these two parties and reveals that he’s not Kaali but Petta Velan. What is the relationship between Anwar, Singar Singh, and Petta? How Petta solves all the issues both his personal and that of Anwar’s form the rest of the story.
Petta received generally positive reviews and went on to become a blockbuster. The direction of the film, fan-pleasing moments, and the twist-ridden plot received praise from the critics and the audience. Rajinikanth's performance and his style were liked by one and all. Vijay Sethupathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performances are positively commented upon.