‘Endhiran’: Movie Review
The wait is finally over and Endhiran is here after a good three years almost. But upon watching the film the feeling you come out with is clear. The film is well worth the wait indeed!
For Rajni fans nothing could be better than having two Rajni’s and later hundreds of them in the film! From story, to dialogues, music, editing, special effects and screenplay, the film has it all tightly in place giving the viewer a happy feeling of a satisfying meal at the end of the day.
The story in brief:
Dr Vaseegaran (Rajni) is a scientist working on alternative intelligence and develops a robot that is almost human like, after researching for ten long years. He applies for a patent but his professor and former teacher Bora (Danny) refuses it, proving to the panel that the robot is unfit to be let loose among humans.
Vaseegaran tries to prove him wrong and shows him how useful the robot can be in saving lives and in the army in times of war, his reason for making such a robot in the first place. A series of circumstances however leads him to finally re- programme the robot called Chitty ( Rajni again) with human feelings and emotions so that he is able to distinguish between right and wrong. However things go wrong when Chitty falls in love with Sana ( Aishwarya), who is Vaseegaran’s girlfriend. Another twist in the story leads to Chitty falling in Bora’s evil hands and replicating himself into hundreds of similar robots, so that he can have Sana and destroy Vaseegaran. How Vaseegaran saves the day and what happens to the renegade robot forms the climax.
Its Rajni magic all the way and director Shankar’s touch can be seen throughout. The big plus of the film is the fact that even though you know Chitty is a machine, the scenes involving him steal the show and bring laughter and tears alike to your eyes. Shankar has been able to arouse emotions in the viewer using machines and graphics and that works even in the final scenes. Both the Rajnis are a treat to watch with humour being an integral part of the story all through. Aishwarya looks awesome and does her part well and Danny as the suave scientist is well chosen.
The music by Rahman is already topping charts and the visuals to go with them are just breathtaking. Each song is better than the other in look and feel, costumes and choreography. The locales especially for the song in South America are wonderful and Ratnavelu’s camerawork has to be commended throughout.
Anthony’s editing is well done to keep the story moving crisply. Shankar should be given credit for keeping the human touch throughout even though the film deals with machines. At no point do the graphics seems forced or extra and all go well in keeping with the story in just the right measure with no fancy gimmicks put in unnecessarily. This goes a long way in keeping the story ‘real’ even though sci- fi is involved. The scale of the film is awesome and the climax scenes keep you riveted. The science labs are a treat to watch for their very international look.
The crisp dialogues are a treat with no lengthy preaching. Yet the point the film is making comes across beautifully in the end leaving a lump in your throat.
What could be better:
Aishwarya seems to have been given similar dance steps and struggles through them strangely in most songs and sometimes seems overly made up. Santhanam and Karunas could have been used more.
The fans of Rajni looking for punch dialogues and the traditional Rajni ‘style’ may have to settle for his new age avatar because he looks totally different as the man and the machine and punch dialogues have been kept few and far between if at all.
The movie is definitely international in terms of feel and style and a sure shot watch worthy film for everyone with emotion, drama, action, humor, music and biggest of them all…the Rajni –Shankar factor!
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