Said to be the most expensive film yet made in India, Endhiran [aka The Robot] (India-2010; dir. S. Shankar) is full of bizarre effects, action, singing and dancing — everything we might expect from Bollywood, in fact. More, it’s got moments of weirdness that are reminiscent of recent Japanese genre-flicks such as Robo-Geisha (though without the blood-splatter) — and it’s got a giant robotic snake!
Endhiran features Indian superstar Rajnikanth and Miss World Aishwarya Rai. It was made in the Tamil language — the Hindi version is called Robot. According to the Hindustan Times, it is the second biggest film release ever, in terms of pre-release ticket sales and number of screens (2000 screens globally) after Sam Raimi’s Spiderman. (Source)
Scientist Dr Vasigaran (Rajni) creates a robot named Chitthi (also Rajni) who has great intelligence and super-strength, can memorise the phonebook at a glance, sing, dance, fight, run on walls — and, after modification, experience human emotions. This he does, falling in love with Sana (Aishwarya Rai). The bad guys, who are aware of the power of this robot, acquire it for their own nefarious purposes. Fearful of the consequences, Vasigaran sets out to rescue the robot.
The film will be released internationally on October 1.
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- Sources: Official website; thanks to Cat Sparks for the heads-up.