Now in Tamilnadu, there are only 2 kinds of people. 1) One’s who watched Enthiran 2) One’s who didn’t. Such is the craze for the movie that it took a stupendous opening all over here making the people to earn the tickets. Even the people who don’t understand Tamil expected this movie. Superstar Rajinikanth, Director Shankar, A.R.Rahman, Aishwarya Rai and 200 crores budget made this movie a biggest combination to be ever assemble in Indian cinema in near future. Did they deliver what is expected out of them?
‘Enthiran’ – is it the Terminator of Indian cinema? Certainly not. It’s a sci-fi movie with desi masala to it. Plot is very simple and the events making around this makes the film interesting. Vaseegaran puts in lot of work to create a robot called Chitti which can do the work of 100 humans and his dream was to deliver it to Indian army. As it doesn’t know about the good and bad, Vaseegaran explains and makes it to understand about the human emotions which creates flurry of problems as it falls in love with Vaseegaran’s girlfriend Sana. What happens next was graphically told in the movie.
Rajini as expected rules the screen with his antics and villianism through Robot Chitti. From the cute, innocent robot to a man killing machine he shows various mannerisms with ease. The evil laughter of him causes fear in everybody and we can’t stop admiring his style when he says ‘Happy diwali folks’ with dozens of guns in his hand. As Vaseegaran there is not much to do for Rajini as this character is completely overshadowed by Chitti character. Aishwarya Rai still looks really good and we could believe it when Chitti loves her. Her dance moves are great. Sandhanam and Karunas didn’t have much scope in the movie except for their some cracking ‘one-liners’ or ‘double’ meaning dialogues.
Technically the film is too good except for the fire accident scene in first half. The final 20 minutes have some best graphics we have ever seen in any of the Indian movie. Cinematographer Ratnavelu captured the vision of Shankar and beautiful sets of Sabu Cyril richly. Editor Antony provides near perfect entertainer in the first half with his neat cuts and he struggles to make the second half entertaining as graphics overtakes the story.
A.R.Rahman songs are already a hit with listeners. For me the best numbers in this album were ‘Puthiya manitha’, ‘Arima Arima’ and ‘Irumbile oru’. For a change, Rahman’s background score matches the quality of the songs and the score of version 2.0 absolutely rocks. Usually Shankar will picturize the songs in the way it will be more likable. But that is not the case this time. There are huge sets as in his earlier movies but they fail to stun us like they did earlier.
Enthiran races away in the first half with lot of wittiness based on the struggle the Robot encounters in the real world and the way humans struggle with the Robot. Some of the interesting sequences in the first half were the question and answer session with the Chitti in the press meet conference, when Chitti meets the goons in temple festival and the ending portion of the fire accident sequence. When Danny says that ‘Things will get interesting from now’ at the interval we are expecting the movie to deliver a knockout punch but instead it makes the viewers to puzzle about the happenings in the movie. 3 songs in the second half hampers the pace of the movie very much and they are not even placed at appropriate places. There are lots of scenes like the one based on the mosquito Ranguski, Aishwarya rai with Kalabavan Mani tests the patience of the viewer. And the ending is one of the dumbest I have ever seen for a movie of this big scale.
Shankar from his first movie pushed his budget limits to set a new record every time, the same can’t be said about his creative skills. This film which was about be his next after his own masterpiece ‘Muthalvan’ didn’t took off due to budget issues. If it was filmed then, I am sure it would have been better as Shankar’s writing was tight then. These days he spends way beyond a movie’s script requires. I wonder what would have been on the screen if this was not his dream project.
Enthiran – High on grandeur, very low in substance.
PS:I planned to watch this movie by Monday morning but unexpectedly I got a call from my friends that they have a ticket for Saturday morning show. I went and watched it. After watching the movie my reaction is, ‘why I have to watch this again??? 😦 :(‘
PPS: Sorry for my absence in blog world guys. Internet connection is gone in home from last Saturday due to thunderstorm. Hoping that it will be restored by this weekend.