Thursday, September 30, 2010

Endhiran: Movie Review!

As a kid I was mad about Rajini. God knows what I liked about him, but I used to be a die-hard fan.
20 years later, after DAV, PSG and IIMB, I am still the same. If only more in awe of the man for his reach across A, B and C centres.
Literally couldn’t focus on work at office the whole day! All my thoughts were about this movie that I had booked tickets for. With the added excitement that I had no feelers about how good the movie was (except that lone indiaglitz article that I did not really trust). And the additional excitement that I would be helping to form public opinion on something for the first ever time in the history of my blog :P Ulaga laptop-galil mudhal muraiyaaga....
As I type this, am just settling down after all the euphoria.
The movie was brilliant stuff.
Of the kind never seen before in Tamil film history.
It sure takes production standards to a totally different plane!!
Frankly, after Sivaji, I was quite ‘worried’ about Endhiran. I did like watching Sivaji, but somehow I felt it lacked a certain something that defines any Rajini/Shankar movie. Was quite disappointed. And I couldn’t bring myself to believe that this was going to be better. I knew this would be entertaining; but would it be a movie that I would like to watch in 2025? Or would I still have to stick to Baasha to up the spirits? THAT was my concern.
Now, having watched Endhiran, I should agree am a trifle disappointed. No typical Thalaivar stuff. No entry song. No ‘mass’ signature tune. No punch dialogs. And an extremely simple opening scene (I had a more gethu opening scene in my marriage video)!! In fact, the audience was largely silent through out the movie. None of the euphoria one would expect from Tamil-movie-hungry audiences getting to watch a thalaivar padam FDFS in faraway land. In fact, the whole mass of people moved out in silence after the movie.
But I just loved the movie.
This was a great Shankar film; not so much a Rajini one. After the movie spoof that was Sivaji, this was like the good ol’ days – a usual Shankar movie with all the right ingredients. (Maybe lot lesser comedy than is conventional, but it still makes the cut). Welcome back, Shankar!
Any review is supposed to have spoilers in the form of a story brief. Here goes:
Dr Vaseegaran (Chandran Rajini) creates Chitti robot (Indiran Rajini) – the most human adro humanoid ever made. His aim is to get the army to use the robot to avoid human losses in war. In an attempt to make Chitti understand the importance of human life, Vaseegaran injects peelings into the robot, who then promptly falls for Vaseegaran’s daavu (Aish). Soon comes by evil Doctor who injects powers of destruction into Chitti and refurbishes him into Chitti v2.0. Then comes the standoff between Vaseegaran and the immensely powerful robot he himself unleashed on the world. Who wins in the end and how, forms the rest of the story.
End of Spoiler.
I generally am not a big fan of Aishwarya Rai. I never find her gelling with the character she dons. She ALWAYS appears like Aishwarya Rai the beauty queen who endorses numerous products like Pepsi, Nakshatra and Abhishek Bachchan. She always seems to carry around a halo that says “Ok, am supposed to be stuck with ruffians in the middle of nowhere, up some mountain that has a geographical identity crisis, but I have none; I know am THE Aishwarya Rai. You may go.” In this context, I always felt hurt and couldn’t understand why Thalaivar was hell bent on casting her in his movies. Especially when she has always spurned his offers.
(My theory is that this is Thalaivar’s way of putting an end to the age old ‘Amitabh Vs Rajini’ argument.
Amitabh: Mere paas North hai. East hai. West hai. Central hai. IIFA hai. Blog hai. Tere paas kya hai?
Rajini: Aishwarya Rai ke saath movie hai. Hey hey he he he. You can never hope for that now)
Anyway, I digress. The fact of the matter is, I hate Aish.
But I have to admit, she was just perfect for this role. Had any other heroine been cast in a character that is supposed to make a robot fall in love, it would have been hard to believe. For once, I give her some credit. Also, she looks sizzling hot in some songs.
Don’t have much to say about the music – didn’t really notice it in the movie, but the songs were all great and picturized well. ‘Kilimanjaro’ was top-class for the location, music and costumes. Would like to watch it on the big screen again!
As the scenes unravelled one after the other and one realized that this was a full-blooded sci-fi in Tamil, one realizes how Sujatha must have added strength with his presence in the team. We do not know how much he has exactly contributed to the movie, but I feel this is a great farewell movie for him. Typical Sujatha stuff.
And I just adored the stunts! Especially the ones in the first half with Chitti v1.0. Am sure the stunts were performed by Peter Hein and Rajini’s face was morphed in. But I care a damn. It sure looked good. And credible too, as it was Chitti and not Vaseegaran who was performing them. Good stuff!
These days it’s become fashionable to hail movies for the production cost. Every now and then some movie comes up, that’s supposed to be the most expensive movie made in this side of the planet. When Endhiran was credited to be that, I didn’t really give it a thought initially. But now I agree. The money and effort showed on the screen. And for once it didn’t seem like superfluous spending.
Graphics itself would have cost fortunes. Am sure the quality of CG in the movie was comparable to any recent Hollywood fare. Of course there were a couple of ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’ style comedy cartoons too. But they were just that – a couple. The rest were all incredibly credible and life like. Hats off for the effort!
Mattha ellaattha patthiyum paesiten. Now moving to the point.
Pinnittaaru. Pattaya kelappittaaru.
The thing with Rajini is, he may never give a Kamal-like performance where his histrionics set the screen on fire. But he is an amazzzzzzing actor all the same. All the hype about his style makes one overlook his acting skills.
But everyone will take note, in this movie.
He more than adequately differentiates between Vaseegaran and Chitti v1.0.
And Chitti v2.0 was terrifyingly terrific!!!! Seemed like an encore of Vettaya Raja. Ennaaaa oru villaththanam! My most favourite role in the movie is Chitti v2.0 for the pure ‘Rajini’ness. Awesome stuff. Sometimes I feel Rajini’s Superstar image has taken away an excellent villain from the industry.
Chitti v1.0 was likeable. When I saw the promos, I thought he looked like a uricha kozhi (much like I do now). But as the movie unfurled, one starts liking the way Chitti looks. Young and refreshing. And he does ‘feel’ different too – an evidence of Rajini’s subtle but excellent acting skills. And it was good to watch him do all those stunts and perform those dances. The graphics was wonderful - didn't feel artificial at all (largely).
Vaseegaran was fine as well. But nothing much to say about the character. Usual stuff.
But the icing on the cake was the pleasure of watching 100s of Rajinis fill the screen in the second half, led by Chitti v2.0. 7 pounds worth for sure!
In all, Rajini bears a movie on his shoulders, yet again.
Bottom line: Superb Shankar movie. Interesting story line. International class Indian movie. Chandramukhi kinda character for Rajini – less of style and more of content initially, and a negative shade towards the end.

----- UPDATE -----
Watched the movie a second time on day 2 :) Some notes:
- There are a couple of signature tunes in the movie.. for the two chitti versions..
- There is a wee bit of mass entry for both the chittis.. Not usual thalaivar level.. but something at least..
- Chitti v2.0 was all the more exciting in the second run, cos I knew what was coming.. So right from his entry, it was andrenalin-pumping..
- Most favo scene from the movie: the black sheep scene!!! Terrorrrr!!
- Chitti v2.0's laugh has to be seen to be believed. Nakkalaana oru kodoora kaara sirippu..
- Arima Arima rocked on the screen.. Wasnt a big fan of the song before watchin the movie.. But on screen Rajini adds so much power to the song.. And ARR's music fits the situation like a glove!
- Didnt realize Arima Arima was sung by Hariharan!! Superb effort..
- For the first time in decades, the 'SUPER STAR RAJNI' graphics had poor background music :( :( Feeling let down by ARR!!
- Dialogs sparkle in many places.. "Unakku unarvugal oru arivaa than kodukka patturukku".. Whattay!


Porkodi (பொற்கொடி) said...

summa etti pathen! :) padichuttu varen..

Porkodi (பொற்கொடி) said...

oh nee rajini rasigana? apo padichu punniyam illai! :P glad you enjoyed something in a far away foreign land! :) i hate their publikutti so badly that am not too keen to watch it and all.. 15 bucks ticket kidaicha aniku polam may be!

Divya said...

ok, now I have to watch this movie. I remember you being quite into Rajini when younger. The it was Aaruchaami. Rajini re-entry eh?

ரமேஷ் said...

Typical vishwa style.. :)
No typical Thalaivar stuff, with or without he's the thalaivar always.. as u said.. Thalaivar's villain roles are exemplary, he proved himself as a great actor before adorning the ishtylee.. :) Long live thala.. :)

Ramya said...

kadhai theriyum, plus i dont care much abt spoilers.. adhaan jolyya padichen :)

nvr a rajni fan.. more a fan of the rajni fans (kinda associate myself with the ppl of my land!!)... jus tht i adore rajni for holding on to wht his fans want to see him as.. anyways, am happy its more of a shankar movie..

as always luved ur reviewing ishtyle... keep going!!!

Ramya said...

kadhai theriyum, plus i dont care much abt spoilers.. adhaan jolyya padichen :)

nvr a rajni fan.. more a fan of the rajni fans (kinda associate myself with the ppl of my land!!)... jus tht i adore rajni for holding on to wht his fans want to see him as.. anyways, am happy its more of a shankar movie..

as always luved ur reviewing ishtyle... keep going!!!

Ramya said...

kadhai theriyum, plus i dont care much abt spoilers.. adhaan jolyya padichen :)

nvr a rajni fan.. more a fan of the rajni fans (kinda associate myself with the ppl of my land!!)... jus tht i adore rajni for holding on to wht his fans want to see him as.. anyways, am happy its more of a shankar movie..

as always luved ur reviewing ishtyle... keep going!!!

Unknown said...

Whew! Am glad to know that this movie hasn't turned out to be a let-down. Feel extrememly happy for Thalaivar and Shankar

Unknown said...

amazing review.. i guess our points of view match in more than one ways.. Endhiran being better movie than Sivaji, not being a big fan of Aish.. and her role suits her best in this movie.. chitti2.0.. amazing acting.. world class stunts.. feels like someone exactly read my mind and wrote a review.. :) .. cant wait to watch it again - esp. the graphics.. and chitti.v2.0

Unknown said...

worth the 30$!! dont think i will ever again pay this much money for a movie with some actor except for Rajni!!

Murali said...

"Rajini’s Superstar image has taken away an excellent villain from the industry"

very true da..Rajini can showcase his acting skills better as a villain..

Bala and Insanity said...

Awesome review... I have been looking for one like this sifting through most of the junk from twitter fro hours :)

For me Rajini is defined by my first discovery of him. It was the song Raja Chinna Roja Kooda Kattu Pakkam... I get a feeling that watching Endhiran will make me remember it

Sundar said...

Machi.. I read your review before watching the movie.. Loved the movie.. One of the greatest movies I have seen.. Total studness..

But I liked aish also :P

Arunrajkumar Kaki said...

I couldnt control my laugh reading this ... Chancae illa po
"Aishwarya Rai the beauty queen who endorses numerous products like Pepsi, Nakshatra and Abhishek Bachchan. "

King Vishy said...

Aaahhh.. Idhu anyaayam! akramam.. idha thatti kaekka inga aalae illaya?!
At least for Sujatha's sake, go watch soon! :)

Rajini never really went out.. Aaruchamy simply got added as the next in line.. But Rajini has remained there forever!

Nanbaen da!! Totally agree with you :)

Thanks for the compliments!! And 'fan or rajni fans' - lol, well said!!

Ya :) But my guess is the B and C centres wont really enjoy the movie.. That remains to be seen..

Glad to have some validation of my comments :D

Correct machi.. Was thinkin of suggesting to Shankar to plan for a movie with Kamal as hero and Rajini as villain..
Or maybe, Rajini as hero as well as villain, and Kamal as all the other characters :D

King Vishy said...

@Bala and insanity..
Thanks for dropping by, and for the comments!
And I guess my first Rajini film must have been around that time.. Remember watching that cartoon song on the big screen :)

Ya machi.. one of the best ever! In terms of production quality and finish at least..

@arun raj..
Thanks machi :) for the publicity on facebook also!!

Alpine Path said...

Great review! Padam, supero super! Just loved the way he mixed technology and real life. IP Addressa comedyla naturala use panni irukaanga :D Btw, andha 'Meh' scenekaagavae once more polaam :)

Alpine Path said...

Great review! Padam, supero super! Just loved the way he mixed technology and real life. IP Addressa comedyla naturala use panni irukaanga :D Btw, andha 'Meh' scenekaagavae once more polaam :)

R Srikkant said...

Kalakkal review :) Naan oru kodumayana nelamai la eruken. May be forced to see thalaivar movie in Hindi, that too in GW....

Nandini Gopal said...

Ooh same comments !! loved chiti, esp v.2.0 !! n ARIMA ARIMA !! went in loving boom boom robot, cam eout impressed with the grandeur of arima.. But the mosquiteo scene was lik, too much masala ness no ?? but overall - LOVED it.. seen it for the first of many times now !

Unknown said...

would like to add one more thing.. when chittiv1.0 talks about "manithargal neraya per intha maadhiri oru red chip maatitu alayuraanga.." and the last dialogue was best: "I started thinking" -- i took the message: that we humans think a lot and make things complicated unnecessarily.. ;-) great stuff told in a subtle way!!

King Vishy said...

@alpine path..
padam paathacha :) nicee.. And you are so right.. i want to watch that scene again!!

Adadada... unmayaavae adhu kodumai da!! And thanks for the compliments :)

Ya the mosquito thing was kinda out of place.. and loooong.. But that's typical Shankar :)

he he ya..

Anonymous said...

I thought I ll watch it after the initial euphoria dies down .But u r
making me revise my decision:)


samjosh said...

Loved the movie... Its all about Rajini and Shankar.. Great Combo!

You exactly put my thoughts abt Aish in this review hehe :) Personally I feel there are lot of actresses who can do the role of Sana.. But at least our Thalaivar's wish is fulfilled now..

I loved Sivaji too. I don't see any flaw with it ;) I might watch this every weekend for the next few weeks breaking the no. of times I watched Sivaji :)

PS Arjun said...

Thats a Great One. very Good Review. the movie was very entertaining. But as a Rajini fan - this Disappointed me (Not a Movie like Baatcha or Padayappa) but as a Indian Film fan - this is more than an Indian movie can have. Answer to Hollywood's Hulk, I'robot or Iron Man.
Shankar, I salute you.

Venkata Ramanan S said...

A lot better than Sivaji.. But this will be kamal's life time miss... And yeah... Rajni could have easily been the most dreaded villain of Kollywood had he not taken this road... Final Verdict :Watsoever , even if Cameron,Spielberg r nolan directs Rajini next... Badshah will be his lifetime best :)

Spideyman said...

Havent seen the movie, yet, but dying too! I do think Kamal is a better actor though, and hes stylish too in his own way
Why was the robot named Chitti though, thts wht u call ure mom's younger sister!

hantan said...

One review that does perfect justice to the movie. could relate to everything as i felt the same way. Every where else, its just plain excessive adulation.
except for one piece - the music. I felt that ARR had let me down when i heard the music after the audio release. But then after i watched the movie, i guess for once ARR put the movie ahead of his work. he let the movie be the prime focus and his work was only a complement to what came on screen. It was that time i took a liking for endhiran songs. now the music help me visualize the scenes and they melt down in my ears as Rajni and Aish exude their brilliance in my mind.

King Vishy said...

What use.. You havent watched it yet..

If you liked Sivaji itself, I can imagine how much you would like this one! Welcome aboard, btw :)

@PS Arjun..
Exactly my thoughts too! The first time, I went expecting a rajini movie and got disappointed.. But the second time, I went knowing its a shankar film, and liked it :)

Thank you!

Yaaa.. I totally agree!!

Kamal's style is more of a textbook type style.. one of sophistication.. Rajini's is more of a fantasy type one.. lol at the Chitti comment :D

Hmm.. Nice way of looking at Rahman's low-profile music.. wouldnt have thought of it that way by myself :D
And thanks a lot for the publicity man :)

Sourav said...

Just following here from the review you did for my blog, am not much of a South Indian movie fan, but yes I love Rajnikant like any other Indian and as much the movie! :D

Review : You have neat, uncluttered and well organized blog. I have a suggestion, please add more content which can be relevant to a larger audience. Otherwise you have a superb blog.


King Vishy said...


Thanks for the comment! :)

I understand what you mean when you spoke about content relevant to a larger audience.. My blog was pretty much that till a few months back.. But once I came out of a hibernation this year, I somehow started blogging a lot more in Tamil :) Been doing it as I enjoy it quite. Will try to incorporate your suggestion!

Arjun said...

This is the second time I reading this.
And I saw the movie for the 2nd time, in two Different locations. And Its very nice to see Families with Kids going to theater for a Tamil Movie, In particular for A Rajini movie in Kerala, which is very Rare and hard to find.

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beautiful Visual effects movie in India...

What's in a name said...

It was appalling to note that Shankar, who undertook such a huge film, failed to notice that it is not nUEral but nEUral schema.

Reference : The first neural schema induction (wired transfer) that happens before chitti the robot is brought home.

Keep writing.