Enthiran-the ROBOT

7 10 2010

Endhiran

Shankar has a winner.I can undoubtedly state that this film is the best Indian film when it comes to technical mastery.Seems like Sun Picture’s supremo Kalanidhi Maran’s decision to take over Shankar’s dream project turned out to be a highly profitable one as  the film is running packed houses all over the world.

Plot

“I’m afraid. I’m afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I’m a… fraid. Good afternoon, gentlemen. I am a HAL 9000 computer. I became operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois on the 12th of January 1992. My instructor was Mr. Langley, and he taught me to sing a song. If you’d like to hear it I can sing it for you.”This is one of the most unforgettable quotes ever uttered in Movie History.This is spoken by a “dying” super Computer named HAL 9000 Kubrick’s pathbreaking Sci Fi film 2001:A Space Odyssey. [Havent heard of the film?too bad!,Google it]

 

A scene from 2001:A Space Odyssey

 

Review

Seems like a coincidence, but our Indian version of humanoid super robot named “Chitti” also seem to be pleading for his ‘life’ in a scene in the film.As I said chitti is a humanoid robot crafted by a “super intelligent” scientist named Vaseegaran[Rajnikanth].Chitti has the strength of a hundred men, knows all languages[even language of mosquitoes!?]and dance forms, and can even prepare a multi course dinner in seconds.Oh yes,our hero created his masterpiece for a noble cause.He wants to induct Chitti into the Indian Army to save precious Human lives.But his dream was squashed by his mentor Professor Bohra when he dismissed the Chitti as a “stupid machine”.So now Vaseegaran has to induce human emotion and conscience to get approval from a committee headed by Bohra to realize his dream.Problems starts for Vaseegaran when he upgrades his invention to have human feelings and emotion. Chitti develops love for Sana[Aishwarya Rai], Vaseegaran’s girl friend.Thus Chitti turns against Vaseegaran much like the Frankenstein!.

Movie as whole is extremely entertaining with its above average computer generated stuffs and Rajnikanth’s charm.Script seemed solid enough to  support the weight caused by the special effects.Shankar could’ve cut down some lengthy action scenes especially the one in the train.It seems odd enough as the villains in the film also seem to have super powers.In the fight scene in a Train compartment b/w some ruffians and Chitti,villains keep coming back for more even though they are being hammered by a man of metal.Its funny though,even the Robot made by Villain[Professor Bohra]looks like a villain!.The movie has some good laughs in the first half with chitti exhibiting his super powers.The second half was a bit lagging with some extended action scenes which can some times bore you.The climatic scenes are surely the first when it comes to the Indian cinema industry.Shankar surely has put a lot of his energy in crafting the ideas to decorate the film’s final acts.To be frank there were no particular scene where I had goosebumps[Against Avatar scenario],but there is indeed some scene which make your jaws drop.Even though Rahman’s tunes were a bit of a let down, Shankar’s visualisation covered the lackluster perfomance of the songs.Curious enough,both Rajni and Aishwarya always find some ill fitting excuses to go for an outing to sing and dance,be it machu pichu or sun-laden desert.

 

Kilimanjaro song Shot in Machu Pichu

 

The Idea of the film is not original as I said earlier.2001,Blade Runner,AI,Frankenstein are to name a few movies from which Shankar seems to be inspired from.But the way he executed the theme in the very Indian way should be appreciated.And its a fresh getaway from the usual Rajni films which is full of his mannerism and punch dialogues.Aishwarya looks stunning but her character seemed like it needed a lot more polishing as her damsel in distress act was not that appealing.Sadly the Rajni-Ash chemistry seems to work only in the well shot Kilimanjaro song.

Verdict

On the whole Its paisa vasool for the audience as the movie has a crowd pleasing screenplay,great special effects and ofcourse Rajnikanth’s charisma!Dont even bother waiting to watch it in the small screen.Endhiran is the grand daddy of all masala entertainers!Miss it only if you hate Rajnikanth!

Ratings-[/5]

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