(2010) Endhiran – The Robot Movie Reviews
It’s a ‘Superstar Rajini’ film, and the 60-plus actor is playing a robot with Aishwarya Rai as the love interest.
He made a cute little speech about this pairing, recounting his neighbour asking Rajini how his retired life was going. On hearing that he’s working on a film called Robot where Aishwarya Rai was the heroine, the neighbour questioned, ‘Aur hero kaun?’ (And who’s the hero?).
It’s charming to witness the megastar indulge in self-deprecating humour. Because his fans, who start whistling and clapping as soon as his name appears on the credits, are unlikely to appreciate it from anyone else.
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In Robot, you have two Rajinis. He plays scientist Vaseegaran who’s researching and building a complex robotic machine for a decade. The robot Chitti (also Rajini) is Spiderman, master-chef, and ace-choreographer all rolled into one. (You’re often thinking back to Robin William’s Bicentennial Man, though both films are starkly different.)
Vaseegaran dreams of making such robots for the Indian army, but his senior (Danny Denzongpa) is envious of his progress. He plays the central villain but there are plenty of other baddies around to keep both the Rajinis busy.
Inevitably, both scientist and machine are constantly saving Sana (Aishwarya Rai) from rape attempts including one by a robot dragging her and saying ‘come baby come’.
The love interest, for example, conveniently beautiful, air-headed, and in constant need of rescue, can’t even sit for an exam without his help. She also exclaims “cheee” every time the word sex is mentioned in any context.
This is a Rajinikanth movie, so you already know that expecting logic and explanations would make no sense. It’s nice to have that sorted before you get into the theatre, otherwise you’d be mighty disconcerted.
The situations are super-outrageous, each more audacious than the next. There’s one where Chitti has a conversation with a mosquito. Another where he delivers a baby. An objectionable and highly regressive scene is where Chitti saves a girl from a burning building, only to find she commits suicide because she wasn’t clothed when rescued.
There is ample bloody violence with smashed heads and people falling dead in heaps. The humour is loud in keeping with the tone of the movie.
It has that odd kind of humour like this conversation, for example. Someone asks Chitti the robot, ‘Akal nahin hai?’. He replies, ‘Akal nahin, nickel hai’ referring to his metal structure. Dialogue in Hindi is ridden with archaic words like ragd, pareeksha and asur. Songs are broken into without context. The songs are picturised like most romantic songs in films are: the heroine sports a hundred glam avatars while the hero walks in slow-mo.
The film comes alive in the second half and is unstoppable in the finale. You see a visual extravaganza that’s truly the highlight of the film. Rajini fans can see several versions of their star, digitally created, and morphing into a mean killing machine.
Indeed, it is this special effects blitzkrieg that’s the cream of the film; the lavish climax where you see Rajini change forms faster than you can say robot (to reveal anything more would be unfair).
Rajinikanth – the script, story and spine of the film – is in form, jumping off buildings, romancing Rai, and belting out straight-faced one-liners. Rai, looking ethereal, plays the archetypal heroine with spunk and is a delight to watch.
Director Shankar (Jeans, Sivaji) keeps intact the superstar’s brand of exaggerated heroism while giving a visually blinding spectacle. This is one film where the crew line-up is as impressive as the casting coup.
It’s a mighty solid list whether it’s Woo-Ping Yuen (Matrix, Kill Bill) in charge of stunts, Stan Winston Studios taking care of the animatronics in the film, Industrial Light & Magic working on the special effects or A R Rahman at the helm of music.
Yes, this is that brand of cinema where subtle is a bad word. In fact, you’d be accused of being conceited for demanding such refinements from a Rajinikanth film.
So go on, sink your teeth into what is said to be Asia’s most expensive movie by far, but also one where Rajinikanth leaps off a moving train to retrieve the heroine’s purse.
Times of India Review
Story: Dr Vasi (Rajnikanth) is a scientist with a mission. He wants to create the first robot which would not only serve tea and coffee to its masters but would have the power to serve humanity in more meaningful ways.
He creates Chitti, the humanoid who looks like him and is willing to do anything for him. Trouble begins when he goes a step further and teaches the machine to feel. Chitti falls in love with the professor’s girl friend, Sana (Aishwarya Rai) and ends up becoming an almost undefeatable rival in love, courtesy the red chip that a rival scientist (Danny Denzongpa) infuses in him. Can the creator tame the rogue robot or will machine rule over man?
Movie Review: Want to see what mainstream Indian cinema actually means? Go, watch Robot. The last 30 minutes of the film are literally the baap (grandmaster) of all make-believe and end up creating a whole new genre of cinema: the `curry eastern’ which stands up as a wholesome alternative to the curry western. For Rajnikanth fans, the climax is definitely a sure-fire way to lose your sanity.
For non-Rajnikanth fans, it’s a sure-fire way to understand the mystique and magical allure of Rajni saar, a hero who enjoys a demi-god status in several parts of India. Why? Because there are almost a hundred Rajnikanths eating up helicopters, smashing cars, battering planet earth and creating havoc, like never before. If you thought Terminator, Matrix, Godzilla was fun, then we guarantee you’ll fall off your chair with glee as our desi T2-meets-Blade Runner-meets Neo-meets-Godzilla sets the screen on fire in a crazy, vengeance bid. Spoofy, yes. But super fun too.
Robot is primarily designed as an unadulterated tribute to the charisma of Indian cinema’s ageless superstar, Rajnikanth. And it’s completely, wholeheartedly, joyously desi. Where else would you find a hero who literally shoots with his fingers! What’s more important is the fact that you actually don’t mind when the bullet whizzes out of his forefinger and hits the man in front in the head. Instant death! Ha Ha!
The high point of Robot are the super quality special effects. All the Spiderman, Batman and Superhero antics of Rajnikanth have been done with exquisite elan by the Stan Winston Studio which reportedly provided the animatrics for films like Jurassic Park and Avatar. And all the stunts have been choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping, the Hong Kong based action director who created the high-adrenalin stunts of classics like Kill Bill and Matrix. Almost 40 per cent of the film’s colossal budget (Rs 160 crores) has been spent on special effects, which, at the end of the day, seems all worthwhile. For watching Rajnikanth running horizontal on a speeding train, clambering across burning buildings like Spiderman or mutating into gargantuan monsters does manage to shock and awe the viewer who’s out there to have big time fun.
But Robot isn’t effect alone. It has a plot too which, if you really pay attention, has a meaning and a message. The film carries forward the man-machine war through interesting twists and turns and creates a lively love triangle between scientist Rajnikanth, medico student, Aishwarya Rai and robot Rajnikanth. Interestingly, the duo make an interesting pair, what with Rajni saar’s sundry wigs and sideburns and Aishwarya’s tribal `Kilimanjaro-Mohenjodaro’ attire. Peppered with colourful songs (AR Rahman) and dances (Prabhu Deva, Raju Sundaram) and high-octane drama, Robot is the perfect getaway film, guaranteed to give you a high with its heady over-the-top Indian flavour. You might just OD (overdose) on the pungent masala fare.
Have a blast
Mjsimpson Blog Review
I don’t get out to the cinema much nowadays, what with the family and the job and everything. Most of what I watch is on DVD. So it was pretty unusual this week for me to be at the cinema on two consecutive days.
Given how infrequently I see anything on the big screen, what are the chances that both films would be foreign? Well, pretty good I suppose. I like foreign films. What about the fact that both movies were about robots? Not unbelievable – I like movies about robots. Oh, and they were both two and a half hours long. That is stretching coincidence a little far.
Yes folks, within a 33-hour period I spent five of those hours sat in a cinema watching overseas robot movies. But the above notwithstanding, they couldn’t have been more different. Sunday afternoon was spent watching the restored version of Metropolis; Sunday evening’s viewing was the most expensive Bollywood film ever made – Robot.
Actually, I saw three films that weekend. On Saturday, Mrs S and I watched Made in Dagenham, the story of the machinists’ strike at Ford in 1968 which precipitated a worldwide movement towards equality of pay for women. It was good fun and even featured Marysia Kay in a small, non-speaking role. There are actually parallels between Made in Dagenham and Metropolis (alliteration aside). Both are about a worker’s revolt against injustice, led by a woman, and both manage to be watchable movies without falling into the trap of tedious left-wing polemic which such a scenario suggests. Admittedly, one does this by being a feel-good, lightweight comedy-drama and the other does it by being a powerful, thrilling sci-fi epic – but I never said they were the same film, did I?
Also, obviously, one of them is silent. And black and white. And German.
All the above proves is that you can find similarities between any two films, no matter how different. Well, almost. I’ve tried to work out if Made in Dagenham has any parallels with Robot and I think I can honestly say that it doesn’t, beyond the fact that they’re both in colour, and talkies. Which isn’t saying much, is it?
Metropolis, by the way, is a whole new film with the extra material. It still doesn’t make complete sense but it makes a hell of a lot more sense than it used to.
But anyway, this isn’t a review of Metropolis or Made in Dagenham. This is a review of Robot. And I am here to tell you that this is an awesome film. I enjoyed the other two very much – I enjoy a lot of films – but Robot is one of those movies that takes you to another level. It is both magnificent and magnificently bonkers…
The reason for Vasee’s unkempt appearance is that he has been working solidly on the robot for months(!) and consequently has been completely ignoring his girlfriend Sana. She has sent him 200 texts and e-mails, even tried to get to see him in the lab, but he has been completely out of contact.
Is he mad? His girlfriend is Ashwairya Rai. Aishwairya freaking Rai!
Former Miss World Asjwairya Rai. Bollywood queen Ashwairya Rai. Very probably the most beautiful woman on the planet Ashwairya Rai.
Listen, I’m not one for mooning over sexy film stars. Okay, I wouldn’t exacty fight off Angelina Jolie or Kiera Knightley or Megan Fox or… well, I’m only human. It’s nice to watch attractive, glamorous people, purely on an aesthetic level. But I’m not the sort of fanboy who goes crazy over some actress.
However, like any heterosexual male, I would crawl naked over broken glass to touch the hem of Ashwairya Rai’s sari. She is smoking, simple as that. She’s now 36 (she was Miss World in 1994) and she gets more stunning every year. The fact that she’s evidently very intelligent and successful is, of course, terrific too. (I’m base, but I’m not that base.)
But still: Ashwairya Rai. I know this is a lightweight science fantasy but the idea that even the nerdiest nerd would prefer a robotics lab over Ashwairya Rai just doesn’t hold water. I mean, okay, yes, suspension of disbelief and all that but dude, there’s a limit!…
It’s a couple of years since I last watched a Bollywood movie on the big screen and Robot reminded me that it’s something I should indulge in more often. Frankly, there are moments in this film when you find yourself wishing you could be Indian. Although I suppose that won’t apply to most audiences as they already are.
He’s referred to as Superstar of Kollywood and he’s here to win! With Rajni’s charisma and Shankar’s techniques, Sun Pictures’ Enthiran is a treat for frenzied fans of action.
Unlike conventional Rajni films, in Enthiran Superstar Rajni makes a slow but attractive entry. What happens when a robot starts thinking like a human being? What happens when a robot falls in love with a normal girl? Well this forms the basic plot of Superstar’s Enthiran.
The intro scene of Rajinikanth comes as a surprise factor, no bashing of goons and no slow motions! The man looks as young as he did about three decades ago! The right kind of hair style, make up, angles and digital expertise present a remarkably youthful Rajni. The suave, sophisticated, English-speaking Rajinikanth from Sivaji, the boss is back.
Rajni’s adeptness at slapstick comedy is well-known — Shankar exploits it quite well. Karunas and Santhanam look apt for the role, but the highlight of the film is some hilarious comedy acts by Chutti (Robot Rajni). As usual Aishwarya Rai looks beautiful on screen, each and every frame is a visual treat to watch.
A.R. Rahman’s electrifying background is another major highlight in the film. From beginning to end it’s the music that takes the film forward. The SPB-Rajini combo for the opening song has always augured well. Shankar’s brilliance and hard work is seen in every frame, now we know why he is one of the best in the industry. Last twenty minutes in the film is a must watch, in fact an edge-of-the-seat thriller. The film is a never-seen-before spectacle on screen! Enthiran is just like any Hollywood action flick in terms of quality and content. Though there are no punch dialouges in film, all the dialouges are quick, witty and crisp!
Rajni, who made his debut as a villain, has gone back to his dark era once again even though it exist only for few minutes. Cinematography by Ratnavelu is top class while Sabu Cyril’s art direction is an visual bliss. Special effects by Stan Wisdom Studios and stunts by Yuen Woo Ping, Peter Hein shows the international class. Costumes by Manish Malhotra and Mary E. Vogt will definitely create a new trend in the industry.
And with Enthiran Kalanithi Maran has once again proved that he is here to rule! For all those who love the Superman, Spiderman genre, Enthiran is yet another treat from our ‘Superstar’!
STORY OF ENDHIAN IN BRIEF
Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth) is a scientist who wants to make the world’s best Robot. And he creates a robot by name Chitti. This is the first time that a robot can express feelings, show love and all other emotions possible. In fact apart from the five senses of humans, the Robot has slight sixth sense too.
Incidentally at first everything is fine with the Robot. All the hell breaks loose when the Robot falls in love with with Vaseegaran’s lover, Aishwarya Rai ( a science student).
Chitti becomes uncontrollable due to one chip inserted in it by Vaseegaran’s rival scientist (Danny Denzgoppa).
The Robot in pursuit of Aishwarya Rai turns against the mankind and now the mankind has to face thousands of clones of Chitti. Will Vaseegaran manage to stop Chitti and its clones or not forms the rest of the story.
ANSLYSIS OF THE MOVIE
Before the analysis if written, it must be said that the movie is a mixture of the Frankenstein story in which the monster turns against its own creator and Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence. But Shankar manages to bring this movie close to the tastes of Indian audience.
The movie is an out and out entertainment and the movie has more positive things than negative things.
The graphics of the movie are absolutely mind blowing and when hundreds of Robots go on mass rampage. Scenes where the Robot Rajinikanth run horizontally across the train, jumping from one place to another like Spiderman etc were received with much applause. And it is not surprising that the 40% of the movie’s budget has been spent on the graphics! Yuen Woo Ping sure did a great job.
One really cannot find any mistake with the technical team. The costumes by Manish Malhotra and Hollywood costume designer, Mary E. Vogt (who also designed for the Men in Black movie) are excellent. Rajinikanth and Aishwarya’s tribal dress in the Kilimanjaro are just awesome. However in few scenes, especially where Rajinikanth tries to convince Aishwarya Rai and where he romances Aish, the costumes are average.
Background music just rocks. The songs are hummable. The Kilimanjaro song (though is not the best of all songs) has been pictured in the most exotic locations and it is a treat to watch such songs.
Other departments like editing did their job.
Director Shankar has done a great job. But the film opens on a dull note (which made the front benchers restless initially) and continues for sometime. The action picks up as the movie unfolds and the second half of the movie rocks. On the whole the first half is just okay and the second half just rocks.
Rajinikanth excelled in both the roles. Many feared that Rajinikanth would look too older opposite Aishwarya. But the makeup team good care to conceal his stretch lines and he looked like a 40 year old in the movie. He did both the roles with much ease.
Aishwarya Rai is a treat to watch for. She excelled in her role, though most of the movie belonged to the Rajinikanth. However in few scenes, especially where she turns sideways, one can clearly see her stretch marks.
Danny Denzgoppa looked menacing and one cannot imagine another else for the role after watching him in the movie.
Other cast are okay.
Highlights of the movie
1) Graphics and special effects
2) Rajinikanth’s performance
3) Aishwarya Rai
4) Exotic locations
5) Songs & background music
DRAWBACKS OF THE MOVIE
1) The movie begins on a slow note, but catches steam later.
2) Comedy tract by Karunas and Shanthanam does not evoke much laughter
Final words : The movie is a pride of India. This movie is a proof to show the world that the Indian cinema is now ready to compete with Hollywood in the technical department.
Newsofap.com advice : Watch the movie. No second thoughts.
The biggest extravaganza we had all been waiting for is here. Endhiran is out on the silver screen for the world to see. First things first, hats off to director Shankar for coming up with an original storyline & a pat on the back for giving us breathtaking CG visuals.
Dr. Vaseegaran(Rajnikanth) after 10 years of hard work and expertise creates a humanoid robot and wants to dedicate it to the army to save human lives. The humanoid robot impresses everyone with his antics and is loved by everyone. He intoduces him to the world in the world robotics forum much to the displeasure of his guru Dr. Bohra(Danny Densongpa), who after much failed efforts is still to create a working humanoid. Vaseegaran’s girlfriend Sana(Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) gets bowled over by the robot Chiti(Rajnikanth again). Vaseegaran’s dreams get shattered when Chiti gets rejected by the AIRA(i think that’s the name) because he could not understand human emotions. What happens when a robot encounters human emotions forms the rest of the story.
“Superstar” Rajnikanth excels as Vaseegaran & Chiti in the movie. He portrays the ROBOT so wonderfully well that he deserves special praise. ENDHIRAN is an out and out Rajinikanth festival. A treat for his fans. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks tantalizingly beautiful(ye, i mean it!). Special mention for the costume designer for getting the costumes pitch perfect. Danny Densongpa does a good job as Dr.Bohra. Santhanam & Karunas as Vaseegaran’s sidekicks provide some much needed light moments.
No film is complete without music. The songs are an instant hit. If Kadhal Anukkal cools our eyes with such exotic visuals, Irumbile provides a great use of colours & sets. Kilimanjaro was the standout song with some great picturisation. Arima Arima fails to impress. Overall the Background music is good in parts but mostly disappointing. A big letdown from Rahman.
The second hero in the film is the CG works. Time, money and heavy food for thought have gone into bringing a visual extravaganza to screen. Hats off to the team for bringing CG visuals which will give Hollywood a run for their money. The mosquito sequence and the climax fight deserve double accolades. Director Shankar has yet again proved that he is a master tactician and a great director by giving us a DIWALI TREAT in advance. Get ready folks for the ride of your life.
If Robot the film was a person, it would be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Parts of the film are superbly entertaining – the scale is spectacular, the story is ambitious and the special effects are impressive. But parts, especially in the second half, are so needlessly stretched and cacophonous, that you’re just waiting for it to end. Still, I strongly recommend that you see Robot, to partake in writer-director S Shankar’s prodigious imagination and to revel in the sheer force of nature that is Rajinikanth.
When you buy a ticket to a Rajinikanth film, you enter into a pact with the actor. The only rule in a Rajinikanth movie is that there are no rules.
Rajinikanth, whose contract specifies that he be credited as superstar, reigns supreme.
In Robot, he plays a double role – Dr. Vaseegaran, who creates an andro-humanoid robot named Chitti, also played by Rajinikanth.
As pure machine, Chitti functions well enough but trouble starts when Dr. Vaseegaran imbues human emotions into him. Chitti falls in love with his creator’s girlfriend, Sana played by Aiswariya Rai Bachchan, creating a singularly unique love triangle.
When Chitti’s feelings aren’t reciprocated – Sana thinks of him as a ‘toy-friend’ instead of a boyfriend – all hell breaks loose.
Robot’s most compelling feature is the character of Chitti. Deriving from sources ranging from Blade Runner to Frankenstein, Shankar uses Chitti to make a comment on the human condition.
Like us, Chitti wants to live, he wants to love but like us, he is also tragically flawed, capable of blinding hubris and horrific destruction. Of course these sub-texts are buried under masala so extravagant that your jaws drop. There are several gorgeously shot songs, including one in Machu Picchu, that has several llamas in the frame with a swaying Aishwarya.
In another, Chitti walks through his kingdom with two robotic beasts on a leash.
Sadly however, AR Rahman’s music is singularly unmemorable. As is the character of Sana who is essentially a Barbie doll required to look either gorgeous or afraid.
Let me also warn you that it takes some time to get used to the film’s supremely over-the-top sensibility. Robot doesn’t have an under-stated moment in its three-hour running time.
Everything is thunderously larger than life in an almost cartoonish way. At one point, Chitti has an extended conversation with mosquitoes. And it took me a good ten minutes just to get past the wig that Rajnikanth wears as Dr. Vaseegaran.
But once you’re in the flow of things, the plot gives you no time for pause. Of course the scale moves to another level with the special effects that have been done by George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic and some of the same technicians who worked on Jurassic Park.
In the climax, an army of Chittis transforms itself into a snake and gorges on the enemy. But through all these fantastical, futuristic images, Shankar keeps the flavor strictly home-grown.
The robot is given his name by Vaseegaran’s mother and even though Chitti menacingly abducts Sana, it never gets too risqué.
Robot rides on Rajnikanth’s shoulders and he never stoops under the burden. Aided by snazzy Manish Malhotra clothes, make-up and special effects, he makes Chitti endearing.
Robot is exhausting. You won’t have much energy left when it’s done. But this roller-coaster ride should be experienced.
Rajnikanth is back. And what a bang he makes! At 61, the much worshipped Indian star does the unthinkable. If you thought only Sylvester Stallone could do an action film at 60 plus, you got to watch Robot. The film is yet another show-reel for the star who so effectively went on to become one of the biggest India stars internationally. But more importantly it is a show-reel for director Shankar and an example for other Indian directors to emulate.
Robot (Enthiran) does not essentially have the most interesting story. Nor is it believable. It’s about a robot, which is developed by ace scientist Vaseegaran (Rajnikanth). Vaseegaran invests 10 years of his life on the robot with a dream of gifting it to the Indian army. But when he is done the robot is branded as dangerous as it does not have emotions. Vaseegaran works on it and tried programming emotion into it. While his experiment works, it creates clashes in his personal life as the Robot falls in love with his girlfriend (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). There is also Vaseegaran’s guru Professor Bohra (Danny Danzongpa) who has his evil motives and wants Vaseegaran’s creation for himself.
We have seen emotions in a robot in Bicentennial Man (1999) and we have also seen machines going bad in movies like I, Robot (2004). But Robot is not similar to any and has its own storyline.
The screenplay moves to a definite end. The dialogues (Hindi) have been done well and they manage to keep the comic element alive, wherever necessary. The film is shot extremely well – money spent on it showing on each shot that is taken. It is edited stylishly. Sound designing – a key area in a science fiction like this – is top notch. And so is the background music. The only glitches probably are the songs. They lyrics are not exactly poetic and neither is it AR Rahman’s best work. But then, you would hardly listen to lyrics considering the visuals are as arresting and choreography as grand.
Rajnikanth scores in his performances. He carries two roles really well. While on one hand he needs to play an absorbed scientist he plays the mechanical robot with equal ease. Aishwarya looks ravishing and does her bit very effectively. It’s remarkable that both leads don’t look anything close to their actual age. Ditto with Danny, who looks dapper and puts up class act.
But then the real star of the film, while giving due respect to Rajnikanth, is the special effects in the last half an hour. The final action sequence is equivalent to top-grade VFX shown by a top grosser internationally. Director Shankar truly deserves a pat on his back for his vision and managing to pull this up. This is easily the best in Indian films ever.
Overall, Robot is going to be a trendsetter. Shankar shows that he could very well keep the Indian sensibilities intact while making a top of the line science fiction in line with Hollywood films. Of course at almost 3 hours long Robot is a very long exercise and that takes away some marks. But watching Rajnikanth – the boss perform is priceless!
One, it’s difficult to conceptualize and execute a film like ROBOT.
Two, when Rajinikant’s name comes in the credits, one cannot hear anything for the next two minutes. His name is greeted with a thunderous applause, whistles yells and cheers. Such is the charisma of this superstar. Rajnikant is the Boss. The real Badshaah.
ROBOT, directed by Shankar, is a Rajnikant Express that transports you to a world you can’t envision. Rajnikant’s feats are legendary by now. In ROBOT, he goes a step further. The Robot in ROBOT not only follows orders of his creator, but also cooks, fights, romances and wonder of wonders, has a lengthy conversation with a mosquito and scan loads of books/magazines and an entire telephone directory in a second. Yes, you read it right!
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That’s not all, this Robot is Superman + Spiderman + Terminator + Godzilla, all rolled into one. There’s more to this Robot. It can replicate itself, wage a vicious battle, turn into an Anaconda or a monster ball and wipe off an entire army. Whew! Known for larger than life canvas, ROBOT is Shankar’s most expensive and if I may say so, his most imaginative film thus far. And who better than Rajnikant for the pivotal role!
Final word? A Rajnikant film is an event and this combo’s [Shankar – Rajnikant] new outing ROBOT is sure to strike like Tsunami. Let me make it short-n-sweet. If you miss ROBOT, it’s YOUR loss!
Location: Chennai 2010. Mission: Creating a robot Chitti. Purpose: To help the society. Development time: 10 years. Special Features: A human who is not born, but is created. He can dance, sing, fight, is water and fire resistant. He can do all that a human can and more. He feeds on electricity. He takes instructions literally. Where a human can lie to save himself, this robot cannot lie.
Where he has a razor sharp memory and can memorize an entire telephone directory by just running through the pages, he cannot understand human emotions. Dr. Vasi upgrades Chitti’s processor and simulates human emotions without realizing the repercussions. Chitti gets transformed. He can now feel and the first feeling that he discovers is Love. Will this love come in the way of Dr. Vasi’s purpose of creating Chitti? Will Dr. Vasi’s own creation destroy him?
A title like ROBOT automatically puts tremendous responsibility and pressure on the director’s shoulders. And ROBOT is not merely a display of VFX, but it also has soul, a story to tell. At first, ROBOT comes across as a clash between the virtuous [Rajnikant] and wicked [Danny Denzongpa]. But ROBOT changes gears in its post-interval portions as the focus shifts to the creator [Rajnikant] and his creation [Rajnikant].
It’s a Rajnikant film and it would be incomplete if his loyal fans don’t get to watch his stylish actions and feats. Thankfully, ROBOT showcases it all. He can glide on the railway tracks, run horizontally on a moving train, transform into an Anaconda, can swallow helicopters and even fire at people with his fingers, without using a pistol. These are truly clap-trap moments!
Even otherwise, the screenplay is really well penned and absorbing. While the film is a super ride from start to end, it’s the penultimate 25 minutes that leaves you awe-struck and speechless. You can’t imagine a Hindi film having such an out of the world climax. There will be pandemonium inside theatres when the climax unfolds, I am sure. Let me confess, it’s the mother of all climaxes!
Only thing, Shankar could’ve controlled the length of the film. It could’ve been shorter by at least 10 to 15 minutes, which includes doing away with a song or two. Of course, like all Shankar movies, the songs are filmed most imaginatively on exotic locales, but what’s the point of having songs if they act as speed breakers?
That Shankar ranks amongst India’s best directors is well known by now and ROBOT only cements the fact. His vision and execution of the difficult subject deserves the highest praise, in fact distinction marks. He not only dreams big, but the outcome is incredible too. A.R. Rahman’s music doesn’t compliment the content of the film, but like I pointed out earlier, every song has been filmed exquisitely. The action and chase sequences are outstanding [Yuen Woo Ping, action choreographer in the MATRIX and KILL BILL sequels, was the stunt coordinator]. Visual effects are spectacular [Stan Winston Studio, the studio behind JURASSIC PARK, PREDATOR, TERMINATOR, IRON MAN, AVATAR, provided the animatronics technology]. Cinematography captures the grand production values with precision. The locations of Austria, Machu Picchu in Peru, U.S.A. and Brazil only enhance the visual appeal of the film. The sets are mind-blowing. Dubbing is near-perfect.
ROBOT is a Rajnikant show from start to end. And no other actor, not from Bollywood at least, would be able to do what he does with such amazing ease. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks stunning and acts most convincingly. Danny Denzongpa is efficient, as always. The remaining actors enact their parts well.
On the whole, ROBOT is a crowd-pleasing and hugely mass appealing tale of android revolution with a thrilling plot, rich and imaginative screenplay, super action, astounding effects and most importantly, Rajnikant, who is the soul of the film. It’s the Big Daddy of all entertainers. Miss it at your own risk!
He has an unwithering charm. He knows to carry himself well onscreen. He is the one man mission who ensures all his movies rake in moolah at the box office. Be it a suave villain, angry young man or a tough cop, he was right there delivering his best, entertaining Tamil masses for over three generations.
Growing young day after day, this one and only ’Super Star’ has successfully scaled the Mount Everest thanks to ‘Enthiran’. The man with a magic behind his name, Rajinikanth, is at it once again with director Shankar, music composer A R Rahman and Sun Pictures giving him company.
All is grand and great with ‘Enthiran’. From frame one till the last, there is enough thrill, spill and chill that one would normally associate with Rajinikanth. Perhaps it is double here. The magic of Rajinikanth and the aura of Shankar have been combined well to weave a magic on screen.
Add the pretty Aishwarya Rai in the scheme of things and top it up with Rahman’s foot-tapping music combined with state-of-the-art technology, the end part is nothing but amazing, outstanding and what not.
Come to describe Rajinikanth in Enthiran, we may run short of adjectives and adverbs. As scientist Vaseegaran and as robot Chitti, the top actor sizzles. He is cool and suave as Vaseegaran. More intellectual and stylish, he charms one and all.
Sporting a stylish beard, Rajinikanth appears in trendy costumes in flashy colours. He has exemplary energy and enormous screen presence quite like any other films of him in the past.
Coming to the songs, Rajinikanth looks more young and trendy. He is as cool as cucumber, quite like a Sachin Tendulkar scoring boundaries at his will from his willow. Come to speak about the robot, it is a Rajnikanth special. As a ‘mobile’ machine, Rajinikanth sizzles on screen. He is more a marvel to look at.
One wink of our eyes, we may miss out his charm and acrobatics on screen. He may look tacky, but he combines the charm of Sylverster Stallone, Arnold Schwarzaneger and the energetic Jackie Chan.
Due credits should be given to the graphics designers and their team, who ensured that all is recreated well on screen. The Robot flexing its muscles, as one man army going gaga in town and even romancing Aishwarya Rai is a delight to watch.
Not far behind is beautiful Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who missed few chances before to act with Rajinikanth. In ‘Enthiran’, she is cool and casual. The beauty with brains lends dignity to her role.
Interestingly unlike other Rajnikanth films, here the heroine is right there enjoying good screen presence. She is at her best in duets, romance and their emotional scenes.
Cliched of same old faces in negative roles? Here a shrewd Shankar throws a surprise in the form of Bollywood star Danny Denzongpa. He is solid and splendid in his role. He does what is expected of him. And lends solidity to the character.
Come to take about the story, it is about Man Vs Machine which we have seen in many a Hollywood movie. Dr Vasseegaran (Rajinikanth), a robotics professor creates an android humanoid robot quite like him. The innocent machine is programmed to be a genius and knows everything and anything under the sky.
Vasseegaran is assisted in this task by his assistants Siva (Santhanam) and Ravi (Karunaas). Coming to knoiw about the robot which is named Chitty, even Vasseegaran’s ladylove and a medico Sana (Aishwarya Rai) gets fascinated by it.
As everything goes well, trouble erupts when Vasseegaran wants to get a patent for his creation. He creates it with a sole aim of dedicating it to Indian army and he feels such a machine would come handy to fight enemies in the border.
However Prof Bora (Danny Dengonzgpa) who is also involved in the process of creating a similar robot wants to play spoilsport. As it happens he rejects to give patent stating that it lacks human emotions. But trouble erupts when Chitty is provided with emotions.
It instantly falls for Sana’s beauty which lands both its creator and itself in deep trouble. A feud erupts between them. Cashing in on the opportunity, Bora comes to take control of the machine, when Vasseegaran dismantles it and throws it away.
Now the real war erupts between Vasseegaran and Chitty. Chitty takes away Sana with him and in the process develops its own army of robots (all alike him and more than 1000 Rajinis on screen). Their only motive is to end Vasseegaran.
The last 40 minutes or so in nothing but scintillating scenes where the army of robots programmed to destruct go on killing spree. It is all up to Vasseegaran and Co to end Chitty’s menace. Eventually all’s well that ends well.
Three cheers to Sun Pictures. The production house has rendered a visual marvel. They have gathered all guts to produce a mega budget affair in Indian cinema, which has come out exceedingly well.
Thanks to Shankar and cinematographer Rathnavelu, every penny that they have spent has been reflected well on screen. The exotic locales across the globe for song sequences, grand laborartory sequences, breath-taking graphic sequences, spine-chilling stunts and chases everything justifies the huge money spent and is a pleasant sight.
Due credit goes to Rathnavelu. The man behind the lens has captured all marvels well. With his wide lens, astute use of colours, wise choice of breath taking locations, Randy has proved why he is one of the best in the business today. He has showed Rajinikanth at his awesome best.
Come to Sabu Cyril, the master art director today has done his part well. And he does a cameo too as an arm broker Sha. The lovely laboratory and the rest in the movie including the robots in thousands have been recreated well. At many places, the sets seem very close to reality.
Walking away with applause is Mozart of Madras A R Rahman. All his songs are catchy, foot-tapping and trendy. The songs like ‘Kadhal Anukkal….’, ‘Robo Dance…’, ‘Boom Boom…’ or ‘Kilimanjaro…’, all evooke thunderous applause. Rahman’s mastery in blending orchestration, harmony and rhythm add pep to all the numbers. The lyrics too compliment the songs and the theme of the movie. The legend in Vairamuthu, his novice son Kargy and Pa Vijay deserve applause.
Give due credit to editor Antony’s sharp scissors. A little more of the movie would have spoiled the show and made it a dragging affair. Thankfully, he has given what the people want. Short, clean and crisp. Walking away with huge applause are the dialogue writers late Sujatha, Kargy and Shankar. A complex sci-fi movie but easy understandable dialogues. They have ensured that all complex scientific details be made easy and understandable to the masses.
Come to master of the ship – Shankar. The man of many achievements, who brought grandeur to Tamil cinema, has lived up to his reputation. His dream project which eventually hit the screens is nothing short of fun, frolic and excitement. Known for handling mass themes with much ease, here he combines such elements with science. A theme never heard before in Indian cinema, Enthiran, despite of very few lagging moments, is nothing but a milestone movie. Shankar has added one more jewel in his crown.
There aren’t many stars and films these days that are capable of creating hysteria amongst the masses. Rajnikanth’s ROBOT is one such film.
The thought of robots having emotions is intriguing. What if they are able to love, hate, be happy or sad just like humans? Will that be a boon or a bane? This is what director Shankar has tried to portray in ROBOT.
ROBOT is full of awesome action sequences, drama, and romance, but more importantly, it has a good story to tell. Surely your money’s worth.
The best part about ROBOT is that director Shankar doesn’t try to overshadow the film’s plot with Rajnikanth’s superstar status. Yes, there are copious unbelievable action scenes that Rajnikanth is synonymous for. However, the film is much more than that.
After 10 years of hard work and perseverance, Dr. Vaseegaran (Rajnikanth) creates an andro-humanoid robot named Chitti (Rajnikanth). Sana (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is Dr. Vaseegaran’s girlfriend for whom Dr. Vaseegaran doesn’t have much time. Chitti is flawless as a machine but things take a horrid turn when Dr. Vaseegaran instils human emotions into him. He falls for Sana and is hell-bent to marry her. But Sana considers him to be a ‘toy friend’ rather than a boy friend. This calls for doom.
Shankar uses a robot to make his point about human behaviour and he does that with aplomb. However, in portions, the film is too stretched, especially in the second half. Chitti’s extended conversation with mosquitoes is redundant and so are some of the songs that hinder the film’s flow.
Some of the awe-inspiring scenes include Chitti’s train sequence or when he becomes a snake of many robots in the climax. You can’t stop whistling or clapping here.
The special effects used in the film are at par (if not better) than most Hollywood films. Swanand Kirkire’s Hindi dialogues are excellent. Music by A R Rahman is disappointing to say the least.
Rajnikanth is simply outstanding. If one Rajnikanth is good for you, this has 100s of him at one point. And even though all except one are bad, they are still good to watch. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks ravishing and acts well. Danny Denzongpa plays his negative role to perfection.
ROBOT is highly recommended for its heartfelt story and Rajnikanth’s awesome histrionics.
If you had a tiresome week and want to relax and have a great time with your family then The Robot is the perfect weekend masala flick for you. Rajnikanth is back with a bang and although he does not really utter “Enna Rascala…Mind It!” his body language and style is still over the top.
The movie is about a scientist, Dr. Vasi (Rajnikanth) who creates a humanoid robot that looks just like him. Dr. Vasi creates the robot (Chitti) to serve the purpose of humanity and much more. Trouble starts brewing when Dr. Vasi teaches Chitti to feel emotions. We were surprised o see that Rajnikanth -Aishwarya pair looked ravishing on screen and their chemistry was palpable. The story cannot be tagged as science fiction, simply put it is a romantic-comedy-masala-action -thriller set in the future where the laws of physics no longer apply.
The robot starts to have romantic ideas about the scientist’s girlfriend Sana (Aishwarya Rai). Thus develops the love triangle of the 21st century between Aishwarya Rai, Robot Rajnikanth and actual Rajnikanth. The fight between man and machine has been taken to the next level in “The Robot”
The best part about the movie has to be the special effects, report suggest that the producers hired the special effects team from ‘Avatar’ to design the CGI effects for the action sequences.This movie has some of the most awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping action sequences that Indian Cinema has ever seen.
Some of the special effects are so breathtaking that they might give certain Hollywood movies a run for their money. AR Rahman may not have shown his brilliance in the CWG song but he is out in his full glory for Robo. The dance sequences have been choreographed by Prabhu Deva and look surreal.
“The Robo” is the perfect get away from the real world and allows us to have 3 hrs of absolute, no-holds-barred entertainment
Director Shankar has proved again that he is a magician, who could create wonders on the celluloid. One had to admit this fact after watching the film Robo featuring South Indian Superstar Rajinikanth and former Miss World Aishwarya Bachchan in the lead. Shankar has done wonders behind the screen and Rajini-Ash on the silver-screen. Rajini has played dual roles as a scientist and Robot and his hard work could be noticed on the screen.
Vaseekaran (Rajinikanth) is a scientist and he creates a humanoid robot by struggling around for five years. He even ignores his ladylove Sana (Aishwarya Rai) at times. His creation has several qualities and he names it as Chitti (Rajinikanth). That robot could understand the commands orally and could act accordingly like any other human being.
It could dance, fight, understand several languages and has excellent memory. In fact, Vasee wants to handover the robot to Indian Army as it could destroy the enemies and at the same time it can’t be destroyed, because it is fire and water resistant. When he takes to a panel of scientists, one among them, who was the professor of Vaseekaran (Danny Denzongpa) refuses permission, as the robot doesn’t have judgment and says that it could even kill our own army officers.
Incidentally, Chitti saves several live in a fire accident and in this process, it saves a girl who was taking bath undressed. Unable to bear the humiliation, she commits suicide. The professor tells Vasee to destroy Robot as it doesn’t have any emotions and it is dangerous. At the same time, he offers millions of dollars to Vasee, if he could hand it over to him. But, Vasee upgrades Chitti by incorporating the emotions like anger, sorrow, love, kiss what not… Once Sana kisses Chitti and this ignites love in Chitti. When Vasee expresses his love to Sana, Chitti too says he too loves her. After the upgradation, Vasee takes Chitti to the Army officers but, Chitti behaves differently. This irks Vasee and destroys Chitti and dumps in the dust bin. However, Chitti resurrects from garbage and goes to Vasee’s professor to give him a rebirth as he loves Sana. What happens next should be see on-screen.
Rajinikanth’s performance in both the roles is excellent and his role as a robot is extra-ordinary. No one could do such a character. His stylish actions are very impressive and could be admired not only by his fans but by the common audience. Especially, in the second half, he plays the role with negative shade and portrayed it excellently. She has given wonderful performance. Other artistes like Danny Denzongpa and others have done justice to their roles.
The production values of Sun Pictures could be visualised on the screen and standards are not less than any Hollywood film. Especially the graphic of last half-an-hour of the film mesmerises the audience.Cinematography by Ratnavelu is ultimate.The action scenes, the train episode and several others were excellently picturised. Editing by Anthony is equally good. but the film could have shortened by some 10 to 15 minutes. Action scenes by Peter Haynes are worth watching.
However, the audiences would not feel bored watching the film at any given point of time. Dialogues by Sri Ramakrishna are adequate. After a disaster like Puli, AR Rahman has done good work. The re-recording fo the film is exceptional and almost all the songs are foot-tapping. The visual effects are spectacular and the graphics are unimaginable.
The screenplay by Shankar is exceptional. It appears each and every inch of the film was visualised by the director and penned every moment of the film on paper. One can’t find any loophole either in the script (story) or story and his directorial ability needs to be praised. However, the only minus point in the film is the poor characterisation of the villain, Danny Denzongpa. While elevating Rajini, the director has completly ignored to etch that character. Kalanidhi Maran should be complimented for undertaking such an extraordinary project and bringing it on the Indian screen.
With all the hype created about the film, which took almost two years to complete the project and with a whooping budget of Rs 180 crores, several doubts were raised whether the film could withstand the pressure of hype. However,It has all the qualities of science, fiction, love and emotions, which makes the film a blockbuster. has Shankar proved that he is the best among all the directors of Indian cinema.
Cast: Rajnikant, Aishwarya Rai, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam, Karunas, Devadarsini, Kalabhavan Mani.
Credits: Story assistance – Sujata, Cinematography – Ratnavelu, Editing – Anthony, Art – Sabu Syril, Action – Peter Haynes, Visual effects – U. Srinivas M Mohan, Frankie Chang and Eddy Wong, Costumes – Mary E Vogt, Lyricists – Vanamali, Suddala Ashok Teja, Bhuvana Chandra, Dialogues – Sree Ramakishna, Music – AR Rehman, Sound – Rasool Pokutty, Producer – Kalanithi Maran, Story, screenplay, direction – Shankar.
Man makes a machine, but the machine wreaks havoc on mankind. The onus is on the creator to set things right. This is a done-to-death storyline in movies in the West. For Tamil audiences, Shankar has presented something similar in “Endhiran” in an interesting manner and Rajnikanth’s magic makes it worth a watch.
A technical milestone in the history of Indian cinema, “Endhiran” is one of a kind and will be talked about for months. It is one of those movies where the awe factor lives forever. The script has its highs and lows and it may appeal to everyone. But if we forget logic, it is a truly entertaining movie.
The story revolves around Vaseegaran (Rajnikanth), a robotics professor who creates an Android humanoid robot Chitty, which resembles him. The machine is programmed to be a master of all traits. Vaseegaran creates it with a sole aim of dedicating it to Indian Army to replace soldiers in the battle field.
Vaseegaran is assisted by Siva (Santhanam) and Ravi (Karunas). The robot wins the admiration of beautiful Sana (Aishwarya Rai), ladylove of Vaseegaran.
But trouble starts when Chitty is programmed to have emotions like any human being. As it happens, it instantly falls in love with Sana and leads to trouble for both Chitty and its creator.
Enters Bohra (Danny Dengzongpa), who was Vaseegaran’s mentor, with an evil motive. Cashing in on the opportunity, Bhora takes control of the machine after Vaseegaran dismantles it and throws it away in a fit of rage. Now the real war erupts between Vaseegaran and Chitty.
Chitty takes away Sana and creates its own army of robots. Their only motive is to end Vaseegaran. The robots are on killing spree and it is up to Vaseegaran to end the menace.
Rajnikanth oozes style throughout the narrative. He impresses both as Vaseegaran and Chitty. The typical Rajnikanth may be missing here. No punchlines or intro song, yet Rajni is impressive.
Unlike other heroines, who come and disappear in a wink of an eye, Aishwarya has a substantial role in the movie. Danny is a refreshing change from regular baddies that we see in Tamil cinema.
Known for his big-budget sci-fi films, Shankar has gone one step further in this. Nobody other than Stan Winston studios would have carried of the special effects. “Endhiran” was like watching “Iron Man”, “Transformers” and “Superman”.
The first half is a smooth and fun ride with cute Chitty taking centrestage. A couple of fights set the tone for the fans. A few lighter moments and two songs make it a light-hearted affair.
However, the second half drags a bit, making the narrative less interesting. There are portions which could have been edited well. A couple of songs follow each other in quick succession which dampens things a bit. But, the rest of the second half is racy, action-packed and intelligent.
Rahman’s music is a mix of east and west. Cinematography compliments the theme, thanks to Rathnavel. Peter Heinz’s stunts, especially the train sequence, is fast and interesting.
Overall “Endhiran” is an awesome experience thanks to technical brilliance, gripping screenplay and good performances.
Robot, or Endhiran as the original is called, is India’s costliest film. It stars Rajinikanth, arguably India’s most popular actor around the world. The film has been written and directed by Shankar, whose last film with Rajni – Sivaji – was among the top Indian grossers of all time. The film has an ambitious story to tell, that of a scientist who creates a robot that turns rogue.
All of these facts have been thrown at us right from the time the film went into production. The hype has been gargantuan, the expectations enormous. But when you watch the film, all of them go out for a toss because the expectations and hype don’t live up to the film.
Robot, simply put, is one of the most entertaining Indian films – across all languages – ever made. Do yourself a favour, and go watch Robot.
The film takes no time to get to the point, or ‘dot’ as Dr Vasi [Rajni] would say. Vasi, a scientist, has been working on creating a robot for close to ten years. His creation is Chitti [Rajni, who else], whose body has been modelled on Vasi himself.
The scientist wants his creation to be used by the Indian armed forces for security, but has to get him ready for the Army to approve his invention. He begins a process of training Chitti in various aspects with the help of his girlfriend, Sana [Aishwarya].
Meanwhile, Vasi’s guru in science, Dr Bohra [Danny], has been trying to create his own fleet of robots, but one which would cause more destruction than do good.
In Chitti, Bohra sees the opportunity to fulfil his dream. Bohra, who heads the committee that could approve Chitti’s induction in the army, cites Chitti’s inability to differentiate between good and bad, and to take the right decisions, as a reason to deny Chitti’s inclusion in the army.
Vasu wants to now train Chitti in a different manner, teaching him the value of human relationships and ability to understand emotions. Vasi succeeds, but his plan backfires when Chitti falls in love with Sana. What follows is complete mayhem.
The film has an outrageous plot to begin with. The robot runs sideways on a train, talks to mosquitoes when he’s in ‘Mosquito mode’ [hilarious] and develops ‘feelings’. But what makes them work is director Shankar’s ability to involve these within the confines of the story, and to pull them off in the most entertaining way possible.
We have seen ‘SUPERSTAR Rajni’ [as the title suggests] doing the most hard-to-fathom things on screen before – we all know how he used a knife to cut a bullet aimed at him, the two halves of which went on to kill two other people.
In Robot, Rajni plays a humanoid capable of doing things no man can. Basically, he’s a ‘Rajni’. So while the actor’s super-herogiri keeps you enthralled, you know it’s all there for a reason. For that, credit goes to Shankar for letting Rajni’s legendary skills come through, but at no point of the film does it get bigger than the plot itself.
The film has the best special effects ever seen in an Indian film. Never before could you imagine the kind of climax you see in Robot. You are spellbound at one stunt after another and Shankar has imaginatively utilised the scope the story provides him to innovate action sequences that, frankly, are jaw-droppingly good.
Of course, some of us may be used to seeing such action in Hollywood blockbusters, but Robot matches up to quite a few of them, if it doesn’t better them. And that is saying a lot.
For Shankar, this is a giant step as a filmmaker. He dares to think big and pulls it off too. Making a film, the budget of which exceeds Rs150 crores isn’t child’s play, and Shankar makes sure he puts to good use every last penny. Inspirations, of course, are hard to miss. Vasi has another robot, modeled on R2D2 from the Star Wars series, who mysteriously disappears after the first scene.
Chitti’s body, when damaged especially, reminds one of the Terminator and his pranks are similar to that of Jim Carrey’s Mask. But to Shankar’s credit, he integrates these into a very Indian story and gives you something original at the end of it.
Aishwarya is an inspired bit of casting. Her charm to be able to attract even a robot comes through and she looks like a million bucks. Thankfully, she gives a performance better than in all her recent films. Danny is efficient as usual.
The camerawork and editing give the film the edge it requires [although some may argue the film could have been shorter], and the art direction is of a very high standard.
Credit needs to go to Swanand Kirkire, who has translated the film’s dialogues in Hindi. Compared to other dubbed films, this is no rush job and every scene seems to have been worked painstakingly on.
Kirkire retains the humour, emotions and thought in the dialogues, and with Aishwarya and Danny having dubbed their own lines, it’s a good experience for a Hindi film audience. The voice actor who has dubbed for both the Rajnis does a good job too.
Rajinikanth, whose fan following extends beyond India into many other countries of the world, gives his many admirers something to cherish in Robot. In fact, if you’re not a Rajni fan, you might just be one after watching Robot.
Whether he woos the heroine in the most garish attire in outrageously shot songs or fights off an entire battalion without as much a scratch on him – he’s a robot after all – Rajni pulls it off with style. When the robot turns sinister towards the end, Rajni’s transformation has to be seen to be believed.
The creepy laughter, body language, the sneer under the heavily made up face all create an effect that leaves you spellbound. This a Rajni fest all the way, and it’s not to be missed.
Chulbul Pandey can move over, Robot is here. And he’s here to stay.
Dozens of directors claim that they have the commercial formula down pat but none can be compared to Shankar who belongs to the rare breed of film-makers who can actually combine a genre like science-fiction with spicy masala quotient.
Sun Pictures’ Endhiran (Robot in Hindi), starring superstar Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Shankar’s tenth effort has been raising anticipation sky-high for months, with its special effects and novel script. Aside from being the most anticipated movie of the year, it stars two of India’s most iconic actors, and is also the most expensive Indian film to date. The surprising part? It actually does work.
The story is simplicity itself: Dr Vaseegaran, (Rajnikanth), robotics expert, works on a complicated project, designing an android-humanoid meant to help the Indian Army. So absorbed is he in his work that he misses all the calls, smses and emails from his beloved, Sana (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan).
His efforts pay off when the robot, Chitti, is finally unveiled at a International Robotics Conference 2009. Chitti can work wonders armed as he is with almost unlimited super-powers and an ability to process information at light-speed (not to mention every singing and dancing skills on Earth). Dr Vaseegaran’s work gets unanimous applause from all except one: Dr Bohra (Danny Denzongpa [ Images ]), his erstwhile mentor and currently jealous scientist whose attempts at creating a robot failed spectacularly. He also happens to head the AIRD (Artificial Intelligence Research and Development), which must, eventually approve Chitti.
There are hilarious scenes as Chitti is first brought out into the open for “testing”, so to speak. His adventures in interacting with the human race are a poignant mixture of quirkiness and naivete, leading to quite a few amusing results. Sana is fascinated with him and teaches him an inadvertent lesson in human nature but the real clincher arrives when Vaseegaran, dejected with the rejection of Chitti as a robot, decides to give him a hormone simulation package (and thereby emotions). And then all hell and heaven break loose for everyone, literally and metaphorically.
If you were expecting a regulatar Rajni movie with cyclone winds and an introduction song, you do get them, but not in the way it’s usually done.
Shankar the director re-claims his place as helmsman. Here, the story comes first and the characters come into their own later. Science fiction, as a genre, finally gets some place where plenty of technical terms are bandied about (courtesy Sujatha) but none are so puzzling that they leave you confused.
After a long time, you get to see a Rajni who’s genuinely stylish and who’s had a ball playing three different characters. As the brainy Vaseegaran he wears a French-beard, looks knowledgeable and literally runs away from violence (a very nice touch), but as Chitti, he walks away with considerable applause. His innocence when encountering the human nature to lie; his absolute ecstasy when he first discovers love, and his later fury are fascinating to watch. And there are plenty of song and dance sequences to exhibit those talents as well.
Aishwarya is bold, beautiful, feisty in certain song sequences and melting damsel in others. It’s a role that requires her to be more arm-candy than fiery actress, but since a good deal of the movie depends on her bewitching beauty, she fits the role better than anyone else. Wonder of wonders, she even appears throughout the film, instead of in bits and pieces.
Santhanam and Karunaas appear in rather silly roles that seem to have no relevance. In fact, Rajni is such a competent comedian that they pale in comparison. Danny Denzongpa looks distinguished and is every inch the intelligent scientist with an axe to grind. The only grouse is his dubbing where the lip-synching goes hay-wire. The rest appear in blink-and-miss roles.
Here is also where Shankar distinguishes himself as someone who understands star-power and the means to manipulate it: all through the first half, the pace is steady, making use of its star-players’ charisma appropriately and unleashing it at others (the train sequence is an example).
The second half is something else altogether: it’s a non-stop roller-coaster of action, exploding cars and robot-snakes. The SFX team has gone to town and used their wherewithal in bringing science fiction to life.
Rathnavelu’s camera-work is at its best during the song sequences, especially Kadhal Anukkal and Arima Arima. It’s swift, clean and precise. Sabu Cyril has gone all out in the art-work and you see the result in Vaseegaran’s office and the AIRD premises, which positively glow with futuristic air.
Peter Hain’s stunt sequences mimic the swiftness needed for a robot, and make it look convincing. The dance choreographers and costume designers deserve kudos. Antony’s editing, while competent at most points, could have been used to better effect; the latter half drags a bit. The film itself clocks close to three hours.
A R Rahman’s tunes have already become chart-busters; he proves his mastery over the background score too: the instrumental music of Puthiya Manitha is used to much dramatic effect.
All said and done, this is a Shankar film where he strikes the balance between science fiction and masala quotient. The presence of a concrete story also helps. But Shankar’s intelligence lies in giving Rajni super-powers and explaining it convincingly. Yes, there are a few sequences that are silly, but he remains in command for most of the film and actually has brought out the best of Rajni: the quirkiness, flair for comedy, incredible action and the ability to laugh at himself.
Whichever way you look at it, Endhiran is one of those rare films that give you just enough material to pull you in, and enjoy yourself. Just go and have a blast.
If you had a tiresome week and want to relax and have a great time with your family then The Robot is the perfect weekend masala flick for you. Rajnikanth is back with a bang and although he does not really utter “Enna Rascala…Mind It!” his body language and style is still over the top.
The movie is about a scientist, Dr. Vasi (Rajnikanth) who creates a humanoid robot that looks just like him. Dr. Vasi creates the robot (Chitti) to serve the purpose of humanity and much more. Trouble starts brewing when Dr. Vasi teaches Chitti to feel emotions. We were surprised o see that Rajnikanth –Aishwarya pair looked ravishing on screen and their chemistry was palpable. The story cannot be tagged as science fiction, simply put it is a romantic-comedy-masala-action –thriller set in the future where the laws of physics no longer apply.
The robot starts to have romantic ideas about the scientist’s girlfriend Sana (Aishwarya Rai). Thus develops the love triangle of the 21st century between Aishwarya Rai, Robot Rajnikanth and actual Rajnikanth. The fight between man and machine has been taken to the next level in “The Robot”
The best part about the movie has to be the special effects, report suggest that the producers hired the special effects team from ‘Avatar’ to design the CGI effects for the action sequences.This movie has some of the most awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping action sequences that Indian Cinema has ever seen.
Some of the special effects are so breathtaking that they might give certain Hollywood movies a run for their money. AR Rahman may not have shown his brilliance in the CWG song but he is out in his full glory for Robo. The dance sequences have been choreographed by Prabhu Deva and look surreal.
“The Robo” is the perfect get away from the real world and allows us to have 3 hrs of absolute, no-holds-barred entertainment.
With a bevy of machine guns in hand; all triggers locked, Superstar delivers a resounding punch line; ‘Happy Diwali folks’. Yes, it was Diwali, minutes before the start of the first show here in Chennai with crackers going off in thousands, flowers flying around and people going delirious with excitement. This is Diwali; no matter even i
Endhiranthe real one is still a month away, Superstar has arrived!
Well, let us get down to the task. There is nothing much to reveal about the plot of Endhiran; one supposes. Thousands of speculations, predictions and of course, a mad frenzy about the trailer has given a rough idea about the plot. Endhiran is about Dr. Vaseegaran and Chitty, his creation- the robot with a 1 Zettabyte memory and a speed of 1 Terrabyte. From then on it is a ‘Chitty showcase’, of action, dance, emotions, fun and frolic. Watch Endhiran for the experience.
The foremost thing about any Superstar film is Superstar himself. He is the air the film breathes, right from the first frame. The biggest entertainer that India has produced, weaves magic on screen; even a nonchalant saunter on screen makes theatres erupt in celebration. Watching Endhiran one feels no doubt whatsoever that no one other than Rajnikanth could have pulled off this character. It is destiny that brought Endhiran to Superstar after travelling all through Kollywood and Bollywood. He delivers a tour de force performance – he owns the film. Be it as the workaholic scientist, the obedient Chitty or the destructive Chitty (‘upgraded version – Chitty 2.0’), he scores; exuding brilliance and charisma in every frame. Yes, there are the trademark styles and mannerisms, but Rajnikanth transcends style and goes one better with Endhiran. His restraint while playing the scientist, the frustration that he shows while his scientific endeavours go wrong, underscore the fact that he is a brilliant actor who has been bogged down by commercial demands and compulsions. But, the focal point of the performance is definitely the robot. Chitty, the innocent child like robot is cute and loveable and dashing once romance starts flowing through his veins – wires. And, it is when the destroyer arrives that we see the Rajni in all his splendour. There seems to be absolutely no one who can come even close when playing a devilish destroyer. The outrageous and maniacal laugh as he proclaims his invincibility is a masterpiece – a throwback to the heydays of Rajnikanth the villain. The decades have not dimmed his brilliance and charisma one bit. And, the effort he has put into Endhiran shows in all frames; be it the fights or dance sequences; the desire to excel still burns bright. Aishwarya Rai looks ethereal as always. Though it is a bit difficult to still accept her as a college student, she delivers when it matters. Not the usual Shankar heroine (songs and dance only stuff) here, she is almost the fulcrum of the story.
Scripting wise, Endhiran does have its flaws, which is a bit disappointing. The first half is a smooth and jolly ride as the cute Chitty takes centre stage. A couple of fights set the tone for the fans to go overboard with excitement, a few lighter moment most of which are enjoyable and two songs make it a relatively light hearted affair. Shankar’s ability to write commercial Tamil cinema elements (hero rescuing damsel in distress, witty one liners etc.) into a sci-fi script is commendable. That stops Endhiran from being a pure sci-fi flick, making it apt for all class audiences. Beginning of the second half is however not an apt extrapolation of the expectations raised in the first half. Though too much does not go wrong, there are portions which one feels could have been tighter. Some sequences, especially the ‘Ranguski’ part, are dragged along for more than a reasonable length. A couple of songs follow each other in quick succession which dampens things a bit. But, if you are willing to be patient through these minor glitches, the rest of the second half is racy, action packed and intelligent.
Action, as all might now, has been the talking point of Endhiran with world famous visual effects supervisors doing the job. The sequences have been conceived by Shankar (as shown in the titles) and do not lack in awe and magnificence. Be it on the train, on the truck or the highway – action is taken to a new plane in Endhiran. As expected, logic does fly out of the window now and then, but then, what is a Superstar film if there is no suspension of belief.
As expected, technical aspects of Endhiran are top notch. Special effects are world class (except a few occasions here and there) as they have been done by the best in the business, Stan Winston Studios and Industrial Light and Magic. The sheer effort that has gone into the CGI work is humungous, be it Rajni running along the side of a train or doing a Michael Jackson jive; everything looks as original as it can get. Camera by Ratnavelu captures what Shankar has envisioned, and translates it effectively on screen. Make up, by Banu, is exceptional and has made Superstar look even more stylish than he usually does. Re-recording does not look like the work done by an Oscar winner, especially in the final portions, but still manages to impress. Rahman’s songs which are already a rage sit well on the film, adding to the entertainment quotient. Dialogues by Shankar, Sujatha and Karki are sharp, using proper technical terminology well balanced with Tamil lines. Sabu Cyril shows his class once again, be it with the sophisticated labs or grand songs. His work stands out in particular in the ‘Irumbile Oru Idhayam and ‘Arima Arima’ songs. Anthony is as deft as ever with the scissors, adding to the tempo of the film.
Hats off to Shankar for the vision and the effort! He has taken Tamil cinema to a new plane on technical terms, showing that nothing is impossible. The sets, effects, sound, style are all amazing and good enough to rub shoulders with Hollywood counterparts, give or take a few points. But, the basic story is still a desi love triangle! That is where Shankar has shown his skills; making state of the art film merge with our regional cinema tastes. His genuine desire to take Indian cinema to greater heights reflects throughout the movie. But, it is not just Shankar who has this vision, Superstar too shares it with him. The man whom we have known for total style and charisma has shown that he is game for something new that does not fit in to the conventional Superstar mould. Even after years of stardom he genuinely wants to bring in and be part of change that will take Indian cinema to higher levels.
Overall, Endhiran is a ‘robotic, hypnotic, supersonic, Superstar’ experience, the first of its kind in Tamil cinema and the only one of its kind for a long time to come. It is going to take a Herculean effort to equal or better Endhiran within the confines of Tamil cinema. Let’s hope the day comes soon. For now, an ovation to the Endhiran team, Sun Pictures and Kalanithi Maran for showing faith in Shankar’s vision and to Hansraj Saxena for masterful execution of the project. If not for the faith, confidence and vision of these men, Shankar’s ten year dream would still have been just a dream.
Do Indian cinema a favour, watch Endhiran; let a 100 other Shankars feel bold enough to dream.
Verdict: Indian cinema’s pinnacle of evolution – ‘Robot sapiens’
Sun Pictures’ Robot (dubbed from the Tamil film, Enthiran) is about Dr. Vasikaran (Rajinikanth) who succeeds, after putting in 20 years of hard work, in making a robot which can accomplish the work of a hundred human beings. Chitti, as the robot is called, looks exactly like Dr. Vasikaran.
Dr. Vasikaran is in love with Sana (Aishwarya Rai). Sana gets fond of her boyfriend’s creation, Chitti the robot. Dr. Bohra (Danny Denzongpa) also makes robots but, unlike Dr. Vasikaran, he wants to use the robots for carrying out acts of terrorism and destruction.
Since Chitti can follow instructions but doesn’t have a mind of its own, Dr. Vasikaran is prompted to make Chitti a thinking robot by making some alterations when a jealous Dr. Bohra rejects Chitti on the ground that it is not fool-proof. Soon, Chitti falls in love with Sana. But since Sana and Dr. Vasikaran are in love with one another and also because Chitti is a machine, Sana and Dr. Vasikaran try to make Chitti see reason. When Chitti fails to understand, Dr. Vasikaran has no option but to dismantle his own creation.
Dr. Bohra seizes the opportunity and reassembles Chitti but, to serve his ulterior motives and to teach Dr. Vasikaran, his student, a lesson, he puts an additional chip inside Chitti which makes him evil.
Chitti kidnaps Sana from her wedding mandap before she can get married to Dr. Vasikaran. To avoid being caught, Chitti replicates himself so that there are scores of robots who look like Chitti. Is Dr. Vasikaran able to save Sana? Does Chitti change his heart or does it remain evil?
Shankar has come up with a very different story line. Writers Shankar, Sujata Rangarajan and Karky Vairamuthu deserve distinction marks for thinking up an engrossing screenplay which has masala for the audience and yet is not frivolous. The tracks of the robot having a mind of its own, the robot becoming evil, the robot having feelings for Sana, the robot comparing his evil streak with the vices in human beings, of Chitti replicating himself are all not just novel but also engrossing. Of course, the computer graphics, animation and visual effects are so phenomenal that the audience would stare at the screen in disbelief.
The Tamil film-going audience would definitely not complain but the Hindi film-going public might find the track of the evil Chitti a bit too long and a little boring too. However, the long-drawn climax again is a visual delight. Also delightful are the antics and the stunts of Chitti the robot. Many of the stunts will elicit huge rounds of applause from the audience. Even the jokes are so simple and cute that the audience can’t help but laugh.
Rajinikanth is splendid in all the three roles. He is brilliantly restrained as Dr. Vasikaran, cutely funny as Chitti and effectively evil as Chitti in the latter part. He is so good in all the three roles that it is difficult to imagine anybody else playing the roles. Aishwarya Rai looks gorgeous and acts well. Her dances are an absolute treat for the eyes, for which she deserves the highest praise. Danny Denzongpa lends able support. All the other artistes are effective.
Shankar’s narrative skills are legendary and he lives up to his reputation in this film. His direction is splendid, to say the least. Right from the concept of the subject to the scripting and to the execution, his efforts deserve distinction marks. A.R. Rahman’s music is a mixed bag for the Hindi-speaking audience. The ‘Naina mile’ song is very good. The ‘Sana’ song is also enjoyable. The other songs have the typical Madrasi flavour. Song picturisations (Prabhu Deva, Raju Sundaram, Remo D’Souza and Dinesh Balraj) are mind-blowing. The ‘Kilimanjaro’ song is a treat for the eyes, what with superb choreography and fantastic foreign locales. The choreography of ‘Naina mile’ is also extraordinary. ‘Arima Arima’ has been beautifully shot. The sets (art direction: Sabu Cyril), especially on which the songs have been picturised, are rich, eye-filling and heavenly. Peter Hein’s stunts and action scenes are extraordinary. R. Rathnavelu’s camerawork is marvellous. Computer graphics, animation and visual effects are world class. Production and technical values are grand. Dubbing is superb.
On the whole, Robot may have taken an average start but it has the potential to pick up by exciting and positive word of mouth to ultimately prove a winner. The original Tamil version has the germs to become the biggest ever Tamil blockbuster.
Here’s a film that deifies all that’s larger than life and banishes everything that’s subtle in cinematic idiom. Helming this sci-fi extravaganza is the singular phenomenon manifest in human flesh and blood – the one and only, Rajinikanth. When the mega star is in his elements and doing what he does best, flaunting his unique style and mouthing killer one-liners, even the daftest of antics calls for a deep-bellied wolf whistle.
Endhiran the Robot is a film that celebrates Rajini mania. If one Rajinikanth wasn’t enough, here we have two, pitted opposite each other.
One is Dr. Vasi, a scientist who creates a robot in his own likeness. The android, named Chitti (Rajinikanth again) can do incredible things like memorizing reams of information by mere cursory browsing, can cook, talk, walk and even strike an animated conversation with mosquitoes. Only human emotions were absent. They too are implanted into the robot by the ingenious scientist – a mistake, because the robot falls in love with the scientist’s girlfriend Sana (Aishwarya Rai). When the love isn’t reciprocated, the robot unleashes terror and destruction on an inhuman scale, turning into a Frankenstein’s monster that Dr. Vasi must tame if he wants to save his ladylove and stop wanton destruction.
Made at a budget of around Rs 160 crore, the movie is a VFX fest of a scale and grandeur hitherto unseen in Indian cinema. With the use of the animatronics technology (done by Stan Winston Studio) director Shankar brings his innovative imagination to life on the screen. The last half hour of the film particularly pushes the envelope and creates a spectacle of jaw dropping grandeur, packing in all the paisa vasool entertainment that any ardent Rajini fan asks for. Even if you don’t swear by the mega star’s demi-god status, you’ll still be sitting on the edge of your seat.
Endhiran the Robot is the Rajini show all the way. Aishwarya Rai is reduced to an eye candy, but she does leave an impression. It’s Rajinikanth who adds power and potency to the film. His stunts are choreographed by the Hong Kong-based stunts director Yuen Woo Ping whose résumé includes films like Matrix and Kill Bill. So you have Rajinikanth hopping from building to building, doing gravity defying leaps and lateral runs on a train, shooting a fatal bullet out of – guess what? – the mere tip of his index finger. And when the renegade robot turns into a monster and gobbles up helicopters and pummels down cars, it’s all done with the aim of shocking the viewer.
Hail Rajinikanth for living up to the mammoth expectations of his fans. At the age of 60, he still pulls off the role with ease and élan that’s unique to him.
A R Rahman’s music is disappointing and there are a certain portions in the film in the second half that seem stretched. But overall, Endhiran The Robot gives you the adrenaline trip you’ve been itching for since long.
Super Star Rajnikanth has done it again, that’s multiplied his craze manifold amongst his existing fans and created a whole new lot of fans with his latest man v/s machine super entertainer Robot. Touted as a Rs. 160 crore budgeted bonanza making it the costliest ever made Indian film, the sci-fi thriller Robot is a full on paisa vasool entertainer.
Scientist Dr. Vasi (Rajnikanth) after years of hard work succeeds in making an andro humanoid named Chitti. Carrying the power of 100 men, Chitti is well trained in every aspect right. Vasi wants to offer him to the Indian Army but rejection comes from Dr.Vohra (Danny) the ex mentor of Vasi who has some devious plans of his own. It is pointed out that Chitti lacks feelings and can go wrong. Vasi therefore reworks the structure of Chitti and adds human emotions to him. But then complications arise as Chitti experiences the emotion of love from Vasi’s fiancée Sana (Aishwarya Rai). He falls in love with her and begins to disobey Vasi’s commands. Sana just considers him her “toy-friend’. Things spiral out of shape after an angry and disappointed Vasi dismantles Chitti. What follows as Chitti falls in wrong hands and multiplies his obsession for Sana forms the rest of the film.
Seldom in Indian cinema has a film come that has justified its gargantuan budget and managed to entertain you at the same time. A big bow to director Shankar’s vision and creativity that makes Robot set a new benchmark in filmmaking. All those expecting a typical Rajnikanth entry however, will be disappointed watching him being presented with a subtle entry. But then he makes it up for it by delivering his best. As the film gradually proceeds towards the climax, the number of Rajnikanth’s on screen multiply and continue to entertain. His conversation with a team of mosquitoes or his fights with the goons in a moving local train are extremely delightful. Also, the child birth sequence here is more convincingly done than it was in 3 idiots.
While he is subtle as Dr. Vasi, Rajnikanth has succeeded in pulling off the immensely difficult part of the robot Rajni by picking up the perfect mannerisms of a Robot. After turning villainous, his wicked laughter is just terrific. Aishwarya’s character though relevant to the plot doesn’t have much to do but she pulls it off well with her dazzling screen presence. She simply looks WOW. Danny is impressive in his short role.
Picking up the best technical talent across the globe that has worked on films such as Jurassic Park, I Robot and Avatar, Shankar has managed to deliver an Indian film that can stand on par technically with the best of Hollywood films in this genre. The last 30 minutes full of action and plenty of jaw dropping moments do make you wish that the film was made in 3D. The only big sore point of the film is A.R Rahman’s utterly forgettable music which to some extent is salvaged by Shankar’s innovative picturisation. The film’s length is around three hours and could have been shorter by at least 10 minutes.
Robot guarantees super fun for the entire family and Rajnikanth re-establishes the fact that what no body can, only Rajni can!
Nowrunning 2nd Review
Endhiran is a path-breaking Tamil movie with its innovative sci-fi script and extensive use of world class special effects.
A star-studded music release, a pompous trailer release, innumerable TV ads; after such excessive promotions for the movie, the expectations had been set sky high for Enthiran. This movie, a first ever sci-fi movie of the Tamil Movie industry manages to hit right on spot. Rajnikanth, Shankar, A. R. Rahman; the dream trio can never go wrong, and this has been proved once again with Enthiran.
The movie, without wasting any time, straight away jumps into the robotics lab of the scientist, Vasigaran (Rajnikanth), fondly called as Vasi, who has successfully created Chitti, the humanoid robot, his ten year hard-work. His lifetime dream is to enroll his robot for the service of the Indian army. Chitti is introduced to Sana (Aishwarya Rai), Vasi’s girlfriend, and to Vasi’s family and stays with them to learn the human activities and behavior. After facing some hurdles in achieving the perfect robot prototype, Dr. Vasi, then introduces human emotions to Chitti to improve his learning capabilities of the human race. Chitti transforms. He starts feeling and the first emotion he feels is love. He falls in love with Sana. This proves to be a turning point in Chitti’s life and Vasi’s as well. Will this love come in the way of Dr. Vasi’s purpose of creating Chitti? Will Dr. Vasi’s own creation destroy him? What follows next, is a series of events, filled with explosive series of stunts and innovative use of latest technology.
Director Shankar’s masterpiece Enthiran keeps the interest of the average Rajnikanth fan, as well as meets the expectations of the more sophisticated moviegoer. A R Rahman’s music is awesome. Songs locations are exotic and certainly a visual treat. Whether it’s the breezy Kadhal Anukkal, or the exotic Kilimajaro or even the final Arima Arima, the picturization is marvelous. Aishwarya looks glamorous and enchanting. Audience will enjoy watching her as much as Rajnikanth, if not more.
To say that the movie belongs to only the dream trio would be huge injustice to the technicians, and the animators who worked on the movie. The special effects team is world class and the stunt scenes are executed flawlessly. The last half an hour is absolutely spectacular with the hundreds of ‘clone’ Robots in certain awesome defensive formations. The movie’s success rides on the special effects team.
This movie is path breaking in its sci-fi script and use of world-class special effects technology. Hope it inspires other producers and directors to break from the vicious circle of run-of-the-mill scripts.
We have enjoyed a human Rajnikanth performing some super human stunts in most of his movies, but in this movie, you’ll absolutely relish a humanoid Rajnikanth doing some super duper robot stunts.
The star of the new Rajinikanth flick is its director; and love’s a pain in a romcom about two depressed strangers
For the first time perhaps, Rajinikanth is not the only reason to watch a Rajinikanth movie. At the end of Robot (Endhiran in Tamil and Telugu), director S. Shankar emerges the real star. The acrobatics and gimmicks are all here—with superb production value and the kind of technology that have gone into making it, they look insanely cool.
The biggest achievement of Robot is in imaginatively using technology—the hallmark of all great sci-fi films. The Rs162 crore budget, which makes it the most expensive Indian film ever made, is entirely justified. And Shankar, who has also written the story and screenplay, knows who his audience is—in this case, everyone. The visual sweep, scale and depth of Robot are astounding.
Rajinikanth, or “superstar Rajini” as the credit goes, plays two roles—a scientist who has been working on inventing a robot meant to help military forces in combat and the robot, Chitti, who is capable of superhuman feats. He can master nuances of obstetrics in seconds, swerve a helicopter with his hands, have conversations with a swarm of resentful, psychedelic mosquitoes who want to exterminate humans by infecting them with dengue and malaria, and kill by pressing human heads between his palms—and falls in love with his creator’s fiancée, a medical student (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). A rival scientist, played by Danny Denzongpa, misuses Chitti for money and creates the evil avatar of Chitti, menacing and more entertaining than the adorable work-toy. What ensues is absurd, sci-fi theatrics that are as hilarious as they are mind-boggling.
Rajinikanth, in his 60s, is a superstar to reckon with. His agility and the joy he exudes immersing himself in his trademark gimmicks are, to say the least, entertaining. This is his career’s most ambitious, and perhaps even difficult, role because he has to justify the technology used to make the film. Throughout the movie, he’s having immense fun. The punch of his dialogues doesn’t drown in the film’s technological brilliance, so diehard fans of the star won’t be disappointed.
Bachchan looks the part, although her costumes, designed by Manish Malhotra, are clearly hideous. She has an ornamental role in the film, as is the case with women in all Rajinikanth movies. She is the helpless woman Chitti has to save, desire and ultimately win. Bachchan does justice to the film’s brilliant choreography by Prabhu Deva, Raju Sundaram and Raghava Lawrence, and the music by A.R. Rahman. The music is not consistently good, but a couple of tracks stand out. The locales (including one in Machu Picchu) are grand, and the sets, dazzling—but everything in Robot rests on an aesthetic idiom; the excess serves a purpose.
The influence of action and sci-fi films from Hollywood is obvious. Shankar, for the first time in India, has truly matched that exacting standard, but with a sensibility that is entirely his—and Indian.
Watching a Rajinikanth movie is not a cinematic experience that falls strictly within the dictates of a good story, a racy screenplay, great music or whatever else that conventionally makes movies click. The iconic Superstar contributes a certain magic that is hard to explain.
It’s more like a mother’s touch to home cooking that simply makes you want more.
With “Enthiran,” this magic is unabashed and unrelenting from the first frame to the last. Director Shankar not only deviates a great deal from the tried and tested ‘Superstar’ formula by putting the story firmly in the centre, but also presents Rajinikanth in an avatar not seen in a long while.
It’s no secret that he developed his highly-stylised mannerisms to play the antagonist. He excelled in negative roles early on in his career – in classics like ‘Avargal,’ ‘Netrikann,’ and ’16 Vayathiniley,’ but his transition into a mass hero meant toning down all those shenanigans on screen. The audience did get a glimpse of it in ‘Chandramukhi’s ’Vettaiyan Raja’.
But now, in the second half of “Enthiran,” Shankar unleashes a villain of such megalomaniac proportions that only Rajinikanth could pull off. It ends up being a master-class in theatrical over-expressive villainy that is almost a throwback to the days of M.N.Nambiar and Asokan.
Shankar has managed to successfully walk the tightrope of making the story accessible to the masses and yet not dumbing it down. The narrative of Dr.Vaseegaran, a dedicated robotics scientist, and his humanoid robot Chitti (short for Chittibabu), both vying for the attention of the medical college student Sana, is brought out with some soul. In between all the song and dance sequences over the love triangle, Shankar manages to capture the inner turmoil of a robot coming to terms with the rather complicated human emotions of love, hate and betrayal.
There is a parallel storyline of Dr.Vaseegaran’s running feud with his mentor Professor Dr.Bohra (played by Danny Denzongpa), who is clandestinely interested in getting the technical know-how of Chitti to sell his commando bots to an illegal foreign arms dealer. He keeps sabotaging Vaseegaran’s plans of getting Chitti approved for mass production for use by the Indian Army.
The movie does take time to warm up a bit in the first half in introducing the concepts to the audience. But the struggle between a ‘re-programmed’ Chitti and Vaseegaran gets the pulse racing right through the second half, all culminating in a rambunctious climax that is beyond all expectations. There is also a poignant epilogue.
Nearly every technician involved in the movie has brought in his A-game and seems to have set new benchmarks for Indian cinema in general – cinematographer Rathnavelu, editor Anthony, set designer Sabu Cyril, stunt choreographer Peter Hein, music director A.R.Rahman, lyricist Vairamuthu and sound engineer Resul Pookutty. The association of the world-renowned Stan Winston studio for special effects has had a profound impact on the visuals. The effects are on a par with the best in the industry.
Actors tend to get lost in special effects movies. But not so in Enthiran. Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan carry the movie on their shoulders, and considering the fact that much of the acting must have been in front of green screens, one has to say that nothing looks artificial right through. Actors Karunas and Santhanam try to evoke a few guffaws in a comedy track that sadly fails. But that is hardly an issue here.
The song sequences are the centrepiece of the movie. “Irumbile oru Idhayam poothatho” and the climax song “Arima Arima” stand out for their execution.
Billed as India’s costliest film ever, Enthiran is also Sun Pictures’ first home production. It hits the bulls-eye as an entertainer.
Whoooaa, what an absolutely thrilling roller coaster ride Robot is. Touted as one of the most expensive films in Indian cinema, the extra long film is totally worth the ticket price, twice over. Starring superstar Rajnikanth, a fact that is announced in giant individual letters right at the beginning, Robot is a special effects spectacular, but with the right mix of song and emotional masala needed for Indian audiences.
Despite his advancing age, Rajnikanth is in top form, and the film has enough sequences sure to bring the house down.
Vashikaran (Rajnikanth) is a scientist working on the world’s first andro humanoid, a robot with human qualities. Intent on his work, the wild haired Vashi has no time for his girlfriend Sana (Aishwarya Rai). Finally Rajnikanth invents a robotic version of himself called Chitti, who is an extra powerful robot, with superhuman qualities.
Vashi is keen to induct Chitti into the army, while his boss (Danny Denzongpa) wants to sell the prototype to foreign buyers, who want to use the robot for terrorism. To test him in the real world, Chitti is sent to help Aishwarya in her war widows home, which gives the robot a chance to display his powers.
In one fight sequence, he pulls all the knives, swords and guns from a gang of goons by magnetic attraction, and as the weapons stick to his steel body, Rajni sir appears like an avatar of ma Kali. Superb stuff.
The train sequence, where Chitti rescues Aishwarya from a gang of goons, is mind blowing in its madness. Robot Rajnikanth jumps off a running train into the river to rescue Aishwarya’s purse, then jumps back up, spouts wheels under his legs and races down the rail tracks chasing the train, then runs sideways on the train before entering the compartment to bash up the goons.
Being Rajnikanth, the one time bus conductor who became a superstar, we believe he can totally do it, and we cheer him on. Meanwhile, Danny rejects the prototype as being dangerous, which forces Rajnikanth to add human feelings to Chitti, a dangerous thought.
Now the robot also develops feelings for Aishwarya, which leads to the conflict in the story. With the connivance of Danny, Chitti turns renegade and kidnaps Aishwarya, forcing an epic stand off.
Robot moves at a brisk pace, and the special effects are truly world class, yet with a touch of Indian humour. So when the two sidekick scientists tie up Chitti’s shoelaces to trip him, he dismantles their motorcycles and ties up their wheel. Superb thinking. The final set piece is truly magnificent, with a hundred Rajnikanths waging a spectacular fight, and the film ends with all the threads tied neatly, an amazing feat in this genre.
Some of the sequences in Robot are pure genius, notably when a smitten Chitti goes to catch the mosquito who bit Aishwarya. With his powers, he has an entire dialogue with a swarm of talkative mosquitos, including Dengue Lakshmi, all sketched in fine detail. Hilarious.
Aishwarya does a good job, while the steely Danny is a bit wasted. The songs by AR Rahman are robust and fresh, full of the overdone south Indian sensibilities.
In one song Rajnikanth woos Aishwarya with the words “kiliminjaro, mohenjodaro isko dil mei uttaro”, with lamas standing in the background. Finally, Rajni the robot has a gun inserted in his fingers, so he can just point and shoot with his hand. Yeaaah, give me some more.
Behindwoods 2nd Review
Where do I start and where do I end?
This movie is such a beauteous blend!!
Shaped intact for a roller-coaster run!!
After much hooplah, here is our ‘Enthiran’!!
Human beings, they call us! We are lovable, but long for lust. We are kind, but crazy. We are generous, but greedy. We sympathize, but are selfish. We empathize, but are envious. We are truthful, yet tricky.
In a robot’s language: We have a green chip, yet we have a red chip. In our simple language: We are good, yet bad. This is the theme that ‘Enthiran’ revolves around.
Having said that, humans are a mix of ethics and evil, even their creations are pretty much the same, be it a robot or be it a movie.
‘Enthiran’ is one such movie that has its own ‘Red Chips’ that are comfortably covered up by its ‘Green Chips’.
Enthiran’s ‘Green Chips':
Direction/Screenplay: All hail Captain Shankar. His dream-project makes us really wonder if we are in our dream-world or we are right awake watching a Tamil movie. Simple story. Yet, a splendid narration. This man with the midas touch never fails. Does he?
Graphics/ Special Effects: If you wonder what is the myth behind this mammoth budget, this is your answer. Man! I tell you. Indian Cinema, for the first time, witnesses so much of grandeur and gala. Are your ticket prices touching the four digits mark? Never mind! Feel happy to watch such splendid sequences made of, with, by and for you people.
Aishwarya Rai: Proves her mettle yet again. Guys out there… Beware! She could drive you wild in spite of being a middle aged woman. She is THE best fit for the character ‘Sana’. A lavishing lioness for our leading lion.
Songs/BGM: Allah Rakha Rahman! Now, the name is enough! Why do you even bother? smile.gif And hey folks! Ever listened to the lyrics carefully in spite of losing yourself to the tunes? If not, give an ear to them! One of its kind, really!
Tamil cinema re-defined: With ‘Enthiran’, Tamil Cinema reaches the next best level. Am sure the movies that are to come are going to have better collections and innovative scripts because their trend-setter is “Enthiran”.
Enthiran’s ‘Red Chips':
A draggy second half: The screenplay and direction take a reasonable dig here, especially with the first forty five minutes of the second session. Shankar could have sharpened it better with a song cut.
Comedy: Santhanam and Karunaas still seem amateurish. High time the guys adapt to larger movies.
The industry is sure in need of crafty comedians considering the recession at Vivek’s and Vadivel’s office.
Not a vintage Rajnikanth’s movie: The movie is certainly not a vintage Rajnikanth’s movie. So the expectations from the rural and ‘C’ center masses could go in vain.
Songs’ picturisation: I personally feel they could have been better considering the expertise of Shankar and Sabu Cyril. Nevertheless, they were not less than mind-blowing.
Enthiran’s Gold Chip:
Now, this is a special chip. No brownie points for guessing. I was saving the best for the last! The man. His presence. His style. His acting. The differentiations he showed between the roles. Hey you, there! Do you even have the cheek to say that he can’t act? Ha ha… Come watch Enthiran to see our Netrikkan’s Chakravarthy back.
Plot/Story of the movie:
The movie is not even a day old. So I better not get hit by you all by revealing it. biggrin.gif
Now, what are you waiting for? Go grab your tickets for ‘Enthiran’ (only if they are available!)
Now, taking my critic’s hat off: Thalaivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Pinni pedal yeduthuteenga thalaivaa! In spite of knowing that people would still love to watch you throwing cigarettes up and bashing the goondas speaking out your usual punches, you still wanted to do something different to set a trend. There you go.
‘Robot’ is the kind of film that leaves you with an enthralling feeling once it ends. In fact you are almost breathless as the end credits start rolling since the action is so fast moving, energetic, imaginative and above all, well executed that you can’t afford to look anywhere else but the screen. Clearly, this one is action cinema at its best and if pre-climax and climax are anything to go by, ‘Robot’ ensures that the film would see a repeat watch by quite a few.
Now that ‘Robot’ is only impressive only in its last 30 minutes. From start till finish, this is one film which never fails to grip you. As a creator (Rajnikanth – the human being) and his creation (Rajnikanth – the Robot), the characters are well established for the first one hour that only helps the ground to be set for further drama to follow. Of course you do wait for the drama to kick start, especially so since one is pretty much aware about the plot which is centred on a ‘robot’ creation going wrong.
Hence, in the process of doing so, director Shankar spends quite some time in character definition of his principal cast. This means that the film is not just about the double role of Rajnikanth. It also has Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the designated leading lady in the film, playing an important, visible and lengthy role. Really, one would have expected her to be totally overshadowed by Rajnikanth in the film. Yes, of course at the end of it all, it is Rajnikanth who stays on in audience mind. However, one does take back beautiful memories of Aishwarya as well.
One would have expected for a film with a title as ‘Robot’ to be totally action packed from start to finish. However, the first half is primarily embellished with light hearted moments and a few dramatic sequences. Of course there are at least three major action sequences as well with the one in, on and around the train being one of the best ever seen. However, it is surprising that the VFX for the sequence which is centred on a bunch of buildings catching fire isn’t as impressive.
The interval point is brilliant though with the ‘Robot’ finally getting the sense of ‘feelings’ as well, hence leading to a twist in the tale. What follows for next 30-45 minutes is surprising not as striking as the first half since the film starts focusing on Robot’s one sided love story with Aishwarya. Frankly, after a while, you wish that the drama returns to the screen.
Well, once that happens, there is no looking back as Rajnikanth turns into an out villain towards the latter part of the film. His inimitable swagger coupled with dialogue delivery (though dubbed by someone else) reminds one of Rajnikanth of yore which makes ‘Robot’ a memorable affair. Also, the VFX completely take over the proceedings during the last 45 minutes, hence bringing to screen the kind of spectacle that has never been experienced before in Indian cinema at the least.
This is where a fan’s dream of seeing Rajnikanth achieve the impossible comes into play. With hundreds of Rajnikanth taking different forms of spheres, dragons, Ironman and many more, the sequence of events have to be seen to be believed. Frankly, it is impossible to let your eyes look at anything else when these frames come into play.
While VFX is clearly the best that has been seen in Indian cinema so far and is also comparable with the best of the best in international cinema, the songs leave a lot to be desired. Though picturised imaginatively, poor lyrics coupled with forced placement in the narrative only increase the film’s length by at least 20-25 minutes. Really, makers could have done away with so many songs and instead continued to focus on drama and action.
Eventually, ‘Robot’ turns out to be a film which – just like ‘Avatar’ – is an experience in itself rather than just a film. Of course the film’s script is not as powerful and gripping as Rajnikanth’s last ‘Sivaji’ However, the film deserves at least a one time must watch for it’s execution, Rajnkanth’s style quotient and of course some world class VFX. Go, watch it on the big screen and enter into a different world altogether.
The ‘Boss’ is finally here. Rajinikanth, the mega superstar, has nothing left to prove. Age cannot dim his charisma, and if the audience response to his appearance on screen is any indication, then Rajini remains the Boss still. Shankar’s ‘Robot’ sees Rajini in full form and turn in a spirited performance, doing all that he is wont to do, and even better. Labelled as being one of the most expensive films made in India ever, ‘Robot’ proves to be wonderfully entertaining and has enough thrills packed to make it a really enthralling experience. This is a movie which is really worth every dime for the audience. This is ‘paisa vasool’!
Hindi filmgoers have just seen a real ‘masala’ fare in ‘Dabangg’. But Shankar’s ‘Robot’ really takes the cake. It has about just the right mix of emotion, drama, conflict, song and dance routine, fantastic special effects and, of course, Rajni. And of course, there is not just one Rajni, but two of them in the movie, creating even more moments for packing in some really thrilling action.
Incidentally, the film is not just about Rajni style gags but Shankar manages to weave in an extremely interesting story as well around the mega star. The film’s story is basically about Vashikaran (Rajni), a scientist, who is working on creating a robot with human qualities. Totally absorbed in his work, he naturally neglects his love life and his girlfriend, Sana (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). Vashi is successful in finally creating a super powerful robot, Chitti, who is a robotic version of himself.
Things start going wrong when Vashi and his boss, played by Danny Denzongpa, differ on how they want to use Chitti. While Vashi wants to give Chitti to the army, his boss wants to sell him to some foreigners, who want to use the powerful robot for their various illegal activities, including terrorism. In the meanwhile, Chitti is loaned to Sana to help her fight goons at the widow’s home she runs. Chitti passes the test with flying colours. In a fantastic sequence, he rescues Sana from a running train. The stunts and the special effects are just mind boggling.
The story goes forward when Vashi injects human feelings into Chitti at the behest of his boss and result is quite disastrous as the robot falls in love with Sana, hereby setting up a conflict with Vashi, his creator. Goaded on by the boss, Chitti abducts Sana and the stage is set for a fight to the finish between the creator and the creation, between Vashi and Chitti.
Shankar packs the film with all kinds of gags as well, as the robot has this entire dialogue with a mosquito. In fact, it would be no exaggeration to say that the robot is a mix of all the comic book superheroes that one has ever seen on screen. He can replicate himself and has the capacity to destroy an entire army! The best thing about the movie is that it is not just special effects, but it also deals in human emotions, making it a movie which provides holistic entertainment, albeit in a very Southern style.
With Rajni getting to play both the robot as well as the scientist, the possibilities are endless and provide enough fodder to keep Rajni’s legion of fans in state of ecstasy. The robot is able to become an Anaconda, shoot from his fingers and many more such unbelievable action which just have to be seen. The final climax is quite something else with a hundred Rajnikanths fighting!
Shankar works with a tight and fast moving screenplay, making this an express experience which just has to be savoured, especially the last half hour of the movie. One just feels that the movie gets a little too long and could have easily been trimmed slightly. The songs prove to be just one too many. Of course, this is not to take away from the fact that Shankar uses the most picturesque of locations to film the numbers.
The music has been composed by A.R. Rahman but the numbers seem to lack the kind of punch that one is used to expecting from him. The fight sequences have been extremely well orchestrated by Yuen Woo Ping, while the special effects have been created by the Stan Winston studio, the very same studio which was behind the special effects in films like ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Terminator’ and ‘Avatar’. Technically, the film could not have been sounder. The film has been wonderfully shot as well, especially the exotic foreign locales of Peru, Brazil and Austria.
Where the acting honours are concerned, even though all the main actors like Ash and Danny turn in competent performances, ‘Robot’ is, at the end of the day, Rajni’s movie. He is just all over and does everything with his usual élan and charm and is in top form.
Finally, the film also manages to make a statement about a futuristic clash between man and machine, an age which does not seem too far away. But yes, in the final analysis, ‘Robot’ may be a little over the top, but it is also pure, unadulterated entertainment.
Go, grab your blast.
Story:A different treat, the story begins with the scientist Dr Vaseekaran (Rajinikanth) and his goal in life is to come up with a multi purpose robot that can serve the Indian army. He successfully creates one and names it Chitti (Rajinikanth). In no time, Chitti becomes a sensation and this doesn’t go well with Vaseekaran’s mentor Dr Bohra (danny). He manages to reject the robot stating it doesn’t have the power to judge and feel. Vaseekaran works on that as well but that leads to trouble to him and his lady love Sana (aishwarya). What is that trouble and where the story goes from there forms the rest.
Presentation:The director has come up with a variety storyline and though the presentation is good, the narrative is weak. The dialogues were normal, the script was just average, the screenplay was not quick. Background score was alright but only three songs were worth watching. Cinematography was excellent. Visual graphics were revolutionary. Editing was alright. Costumes were impressive and art department was apt. Rajinikanth has done his role with élan and though his usual mannerisms are missing, he manages to score brownie points. Aishwarya is a real visual treat, her sensuous appeal and her natural glow has been captured very well and her presence on the screen keeps audience busy. Danny was decent, Santhaman was okay, Cochin Haneefa was alright, M S Bhaskar was moderate, Kalabhavan Mani was quick, the others did their bit as required.
Conclusion:The film comes across as a new wave of cinema in the Indian history. The concept, the presentation and the extensive graphics used are clear examples for that. However, while the first half was good and looked promising, things tend to slow down in the second half and causes a bit of idle time. The climax action sequence was really good and that makes up for some slack. Overall, the film can be watched for its new approach and the visual appeal but then the content part is quite weak so there is not much of a feel. At the box office, the openings will be huge given the star power and the hype but eventually it could turn out to be a hit.
Bharatstudent verdict: Strongly recommended, must for today’s generation
Does a review really matter? Even as I write this futile piece of opinion, the world is celebrating Superstar Rajni’s return to the silver screen. With Robot / Endhiran, Rajnikanth has already proved that stardom transcends age and critical appreciation. A day after its release Robot is already a blockbuster and this seems a mere formality.
The story is about a radical scientist named Vaseegaran who spends ten years building the perfect robot, Chitti. Vaseegaran’s motives to create man’s greatest invention are novel, but his mentor, Dr Bohra (Danny Denzongpa) has something more sinister on mind. And then, there’s the love story between Vaseegaran and Sana (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) which eventually becomes an important plot point too. The story and writing is just about ok, but one assumes, the idea was never to create Shawshank Redemption.
Before we dare to critique Rajni, let’s talk about the most veritable asset of this film, the production values. If you want to know why Robot cost more than Rs 150 crore to make? Go buy a ticket and marvel at visuals seldom seen on celluloid. It’s awe-inspiring. Check the special effects too, made by a company owned by Stan Winston (the man behind Terminator series, Avatar and Jurrasic Park series). And watching Rajni kick butt inside a train compartment was like being transported to a Jackie Chan film, hard to close your jaw on that one. And then you also have to deal with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s beauty. Hubba, hubba, hubba!
Invariably, like most recent Rajni film’s this one too has an irreverent tone. We know that a person running faster than trains, making cars jump and fighting hundreds of people together can seem like a serious suspension of disbelief. But, that’s the idea and it’s fantastic. Totally paisa vasool. Even the snobbiest of film connoisseurs will feel entertained and not know how three hours zipped by. Yes there are several loops holes the size of Jupiter, yes there’s very little logic and yes there are rib tickling scientific references. So, the writing is the weakest part of this film. But when a film manages to become a visual spectacle, nothing else matters. This is entertainment at its best. Rajnikanth fans will faint and / or jump with joy. Detractors will have a hearty laugh. Either ways it’s a win-win situation. Go ahead; enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
The Spielberg, James Cameroon and George Lucas of Indian Cinema – Shankar harked back after two years with the biggest film in the history of India.
The film is full of Rajni- above, below, beside, against in all direction through and through the movie. Endhiran is incomparable with any other Indian films till date. The budget of this most expensive Asian film varies from 150 crores to 200 as per media reports.
This Science fiction film starts on a low naught and picks up the pace. The high expectation for this film has been materialized. Like Chitty, the robot created by protagonist Vaseegaran in the film, Rajni’s image could only be handled by Shankar. The character Chitty is first of its kind in Asian films. What will Kamalahaasan, Sharukh Khan and Aamir Khan thinking now, as they have been offered the role in the beginning?
Aishwarya is most ravishing and highly sensuous in every scene. The beauty icon has role through out the movie. Notably the film has less number of characters. The fights, chases, war, robotics, graphics are all excellent.
The demise of efficient writer Sujatha may have affected Shankar. Robot lacks its inherent pace at the beginning of second half. Whilst being chartbusters the songs are not at par with the film. The trailer aired robs many surprises given by the film. Vivek who was seen in many recent Shankar film is out. Santhanam and Karunas take his place with their unbearable comic numbers. Like these characters Kalabhavan Mani and Cochin Haneef have only meager roles.
The most widely discussed topic in robotics is that of machines getting thinking power. As they surpass human in every other count they may even lead to extinction of human race from earth. Many novels and films have been fathered from this idea. Now, Shankar takes up this subject and as his fans know, the film is bigger than anything.
Like other Shankar films this one too has many inspirations, so what? If James Cameron can get inspired by video games and our mythology then why can’t director Shankar get inspired by futuristic western films?
After long time, a film has come which truly brings back the glory of theatres, it had decades ago. Star director Shankar can’t be equalled by any technicians in India who make movies. For Indians, Endhiran is a technical milestone. A technical achievement with thoughts, emotions and feelings.
Endhiran or I LOVE ROBO!
The demand for Endhiran tickets has been so great that I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to get a chance to see the film this weekend. Due to good timing and my natural inclination to be early for everything, I scored one of the last tickets to the noon show of Endhiran today. Everything else was sold out. Last night was sold out. And even the noon show was houseful.
I haven’t been in a crowd this excited to see a film since I went to see Om Shanti Om way back in 2008. The wolf whistles and cheers started as soon as the theater started to fill up and didn’t stop until SUPERSTAR RAJINIKANTH made his appearance. Perhaps Endhiran was an odd choice as my first Rajni film but I really enjoyed it. The film is a masala-lover’s dream come true. It had everything – romance, sentiment, comedy, action, evil villains, a beautiful heroine, songs, dancing, and a break-neck pace that kept me interested until the very, very end. I laughed: I gawked; I sat with my mouth open in disbelief; and at the end of it all, I wiped away the bittersweet tears from my eyes and began trying to piece it all together.
Endhiran was written by the same team that did one of my new favorite films Anniyan – S. Shankar (who also directed) and the late Sujatha, a Tamil language sci-fi writer that I would dearly love to be able to read in English. The premise is something along the lines of Frankenstein. A scientist (Rajinikanth) creates an android in his own image, chaos ensues, and the scientist learns a valuable lesson. And the film is perfectly enjoyable on that level, but Endhiran isn’t just mindless fun. Layered on top of the very enjoyable robot story is a meta-narrative playing with the image of Rajinikanth the Superstar, much like Anniyan explored the psyche of the masala hero, Endhiran explores the relationship between the masala hero and man playing him.
Rajinikanth still has that on-screen magic. His performance as both the android and the scientist was flawless. There was an interesting tension between the two – Chitti, the robot, was the one doing all the usual Hero tasks. He beat up rowdies, saved some people, did some dancing, and was the one obsessed with the heroine. Meanwhile, Rajini actually managed to fade into the background as Vaseegaran, the scientist, which was very impressive. Vaseegaran is a man – an arrogant man who builds a model of human perfection in his own image, but a man, nonetheless. Chitti is a HERO but he’s clueless about how to interact with people on a real-life level – to tragic effect in one case.
But Vaseegaran is the creator and sees himself as God-like, with the power to create and destroy at will. He gives Chitti the ability to feel and then callously mocks Chitti’s feelings when he gets jealous of him.
I think it’s a tribute to both Rajinikanth and the excellent script that I found myself torn between supporting Chitti and Vaseegaran, even as Chitti does increasingly worse things. I think Vaseegaran knows (and I agree) that it’s all his fault.
SUPERSTAR Rajinikanth lived up to his name but he wasn’t the only great thing about the film. I think 2010 will be the year of Aishwarya Rai! She puts in a stellar performance as the masala heroine and I found myself quite charmed by her act as “Sana, the college student.” Now, I know that I usually bust everybody’s chops for playing much younger than they are (*cough* Aamir) but I think Aishwarya worked in the role because she was opposite 60+ Rajinikanth and we were clearly supposed to suspending disbelief as far as far as ages went. In other words, we weren’t supposed to think that Aishwarya was actually 20. And her performance was so full of life. Aishwarya not only looked healthy and glowing but she had such fun in her attitude through the whole film. She practically sparkled right off of the screen and into the aisles. There was even a picturization later on that is supposed to be darker and you can see Aishwarya give this big grin as she dances past a row of menacing Rajinikanth robots.
Aishwarya and Rajinikanth had a fun chemistry. I believed Sana and Vaseegaran as an established couple and I definitely bought Chitti’s infatuation with her.
As for the rest of the supporting cast, Danny Denzongpa was serviceably menacing as Vaseegaran’s mentor-rival Doctor Bohra and the comic relief was aptly handled by Karunas and Santhanam.
A.R. Rahman did the songs and I enjoyed them all a lot more after seeing the picturizations than on the album, especially the Peru number “Kilimanjaro.” The dancing… well, Aishwarya was excellent but if there is one thing Rajinikanth can’t quite do as well as he could in the past, it’s dancing. Still, he did his best and the dances are all very enjoyable.
So, would I recommend this to people? Well, if you are a masala fan, then absolutely. But if you aren’t a masala fan, then some of the Southern masala tropes might be a bit much for you. I already touched on the age thing but there were also 3 attempted rape sequences, copious jokes about how Chitti didn’t have a, um, ‘little chitti,’ and some absolutely ridiculous scenes with the robot fighting. I happen to enjoy most of that (I can do without attempted rape as a trope) but I understand that not everybody does.
I leave you with a final word: Robo.
Robo. Robo. ROBO. ROBOOOOOOO!
It is incredible and at the same time shameful of a Hrithik fan to have never seen any of his movie(or any movie for that matter) on the first Friday itself.But Endhiran was a wait I just could not resist.The promos had been promising,the music was catchy but let me tell you the promos are just 10-20% of what this experience is really about!
I cannot think of any one else but the highly talented and imaginative Shankar who could make Endhiran such a cinematic experience.That Shankar is an engineer is reinforced in the way he delineates his passion for science and the gadget-world.It demands only and only Shankar who could materialise his imagination in the way he does and knows how to use every penny to optimal effect.
In his latest offering,Endhiran, Shankar takes you on one hell of a rollercoaster ride of the Sci-fi world.The first scene starts with a scientist named Vaseegaran(Rajini) who has been working on a robot for 10 years while trying to make him walk,talk and look like him.The robot ,like any programmed machine,follows just about anything that is fed into it.(It introduces itself everytime by specifying its configuration! smile.gif) ).So it can dance like MJ,fight like Tony Jaa,it can speak any language(even talk to mosquitos!),can cook,can handle the most complicated pregnancy case but alas it cannot think and feel like humans which fails it in an important test.So Vaseegaran loads a “software hormone” into it,makes it read books on human perception,feelings,thinking,gets him acquainted with human births and deaths and the humanoid is ready in all its elements.
Just when everything seems working,Chitti,the robot develops an infatuation with Vaseegaran’s GF Sana(Ash,gorgeous than ever!).A cold war develops between the two ultimately resulting in the creator destroying his own creation.
Danny,rajini’s boss,who has been eyeing his junior’s envious creation all this while, finds Chitti’s shattered parts in the dump and reassembles and reprogrammmes it as the destructor.
As a result,the clash between the creator and his ‘evil’ creation culminates in a series of spectacular action scenes and never-seen-before effects.
Two standout scenes for me are 1)Chitti’s fight scene in Local train &
2)Almost whole of second half(primarily latter half of it) with the evil-bot replicating itself into a gargantuan sphere, rod, wall,ground-driller,an anaconda and even a Giant!
This of course is an unabashed Rajini vehicle as the superstar shines as the dexteruos scientist,as the invincible but innocent Chitti and most impressive as the evil-bot.His antics will crack you up surely!
Ash fits her role perfectly, looks gorgeous than ever and one cannot take eyes off her in the songs even when the charismatic Rajini is in the same frame.
Danny and the rest of the cast have done well.
Screenplay is one of the movies biggest strength.Background music especially “O naye Insaan” is haunting and is likely to stay with you after you leave.
Normally,It doesn’t take me more than 10 minutes to smell which way a movie is going to go.The first half is so gripping, you cannot even move your neck while the second half is full on action.
Verdict – You will miss something very spectacular if you miss Endhiran.Watch it at any cost!
A technical treat, the story is about Vaseekaran (Rajinikanth) who is a scientist. His life is perfect with his lady love Sana (Aishwarya) and his only aim in life is to come up with a robot that can be useful to save the lives of soldiers in the Indian army. He manages to come up with one like that and names it Chitti (Rajini again). The success of Chitti is not taken well by Vaseekaran’s mentor Dr Bohra (Danny) as he wants to use it for business purpose. However, things take a turn when Vaseekaran is asked to induce feelings to Chitti stating it will not be able to figure out right and wrong without them. Vaseekaran does that but then his new addition begins causing trouble for him. What are those troubles and what happens after that forms the rest of the story.
Rajinikanth was good as a scientist and also as a robot. His performance as the robot is more impressive and it may not be much of fun for Rajini fans since there are no histrionics or the regular punch dialogues that gives them the kick. He has been quite contained here. Aishwarya is an asset to the film. Her beauty, her glamour and her glowing looks are sure to catch the breath of the audience and she has proved why she is called one of the most beautiful women in the world. Danny Denzongpa was decent and he carries his role with grace. Santhanam was okay, Cochin Haneefa was brief, Kalabhavan Mani was there for few seconds while the others came and went.
* Rajini as robot
* Aishwarya Bachchan
* Visual appeal
* Songs picturization
* Climax action sequence
* Music(AR Rahman fails to live up to the standards set by him)
* Few scenes lack logic
* Slow Pace in Second Half
* Run-Time(2 hours 52 minutes)
The maker attempts to show what happens when a man creates something which is outside the norms of nature. Though superficially, the robot concept serves as user friendly and reducing man efforts, the consequences are severe when there is a slight disturbance in its composition. The first half tends to create a decent feel and it is the second half which goes down on the emotional graph. However, the climax action sequence is worth a treat and it will fetch the brownie points. AR Rahman’s music could have been better. At the box office, this will appeal to all sections and is sure to mesmerize.
Verdict: Don’t Miss It!