Rajinikanth is a phenomenon in the Indian Film Industry, more particularly in the Tamil film industry. The superstar who is the main draw of his latest film "Petta" has reason to feel pleased.

The film has just completed 25 days since its release and trade figures show that the film is still a favourite of the masses. The film has crossed Rs 150 crores (£16.3 million) and moving towards the Rs 200 crores (£21.8 million) mark.

The film has already recovered the cost of production about Rs 150 (£16.3 million) crores and will make a substantial profit for the producer.

The Times of India has reported that the Rajinikanth starrer which was released on 10th of January on Pongal has turned out to be a massive hit.

Public response

Rajinikanth and politics

The success of "Petta" has triggered a rethink by Rajinikanth on his entry into politics. The situation in Tamilnadu is tense as the ruling AIDMK has now entered into an electoral alliance with the BJP while the opposition will be lead by the DMK. In this scenario, the other star in the fray Kamal Hassan may come to a cropper. Even Rajinikanth at the present juncture will find it difficult to make an impact as he has vacillated a bit too long on his earlier announced plan to join politics.

Short video

Rajinikanth's film is now heading towards a month after its release.

The interest of the public has not waned and the young director Karthik Subburaj has released a short video of Rajinikanth dubbing for the film. The video has excited his fans and shows the superstar dubbing with an evil and mass laughter and at the same time calling out the villain's name.


"Petta's" rival "Viswasam" has also completed 25 days run and doing well at the box office though Rajinikanth's film is ahead in box office collections.

The IBN Times has reported both the films since their release have done a business of over Rs 400 crores (£42.7 million). This is the highest ever business done inside a month by any film from Chennai.

"Petta" which proved that Rajinikanth is a superstar has also given a fresh lease of life in films to two actresses Simran Bagga and Trisha Krishnan whose careers have been resurrected.

Karthik Subburaj has also come in the limelight as a competent director, but this would not have happened if Rajinikanth had not been the hero of the film.

Rajinikanth as Karunanidhi in the next film

With politics having taken a back seat, Rajinikanth is completely immersed in his coming films. He will play the role of the ex-Tamilnadu chief minister M Karunanidhi in a film to be made by AR Murugadoss. In the meantime with Rajinikanth on a signing spree for new films, his fans are wondering when he will take the plunge and enter politics. This question at present has no answer.