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He creates Chitti, the humanoid who looks like him and is willing to do
anything for him. Trouble begins when he goes a step further and teaches
the machine to feel. Chitti falls in love with the professor's girl
friend, Sana (Aishwarya Rai) and ends up becoming an almost undefeatable
rival in love, courtesy the red chip that a rival scientist (Danny
Denzongpa) infuses in him. Can the creator tame the rogue robot or will
machine rule over man?
Movie Review: Want to see what mainstream Indian cinema actually means?
Go, watch Robot. The last 30 minutes of the film are literally the baap
(grandmaster) of all make-believe and end up creating a whole new genre
of cinema: the `curry eastern' which stands up as a wholesome
alternative to the curry western. For Rajnikanth fans, the climax is
definitely a sure-fire way to lose your sanity.
For non-Rajnikanth fans, it's a sure-fire way to understand the mystique
and magical allure of Rajni saar, a hero who enjoys a demi-god status in
several parts of India. Why? Because there are almost a hundred
Rajnikanths eating up helicopters, smashing cars, battering planet earth
and creating havoc, like never before. If you thought Terminator,
Matrix, Godzilla was fun, then we guarantee you'll fall off your chair
with glee as our desi T2-meets-Blade Runner-meets Neo-meets-Godzilla
sets the screen on fire in a crazy, vengeance bid. Spoofy, yes. But
super fun too.
Robot is primarily designed as an unadulterated tribute to the charisma
of Indian cinema's ageless superstar, Rajnikanth. And it's completely,
wholeheartedly, joyously desi. Where else would you find a hero who
literally shoots with his fingers! What's more important is the fact
that you actually don't mind when the bullet whizzes out of his
forefinger and hits the man in front in the head. Instant death! Ha Ha!
The high point of Robot are the super quality special effects. All the
Spiderman, Batman and Superhero antics of Rajnikanth have been done with
exquisite elan by the Stan Winston Studio which reportedly provided the
animatrics for films like Jurassic Park and Avatar. And all the stunts
have been choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping, the Hong Kong based action
director who created the high-adrenalin stunts of classics like Kill
Bill and Matrix. Almost 40 per cent of the film's colossal budget (Rs
160 crores) has been spent on special effects, which, at the end of the
day, seems all worthwhile. For watching Rajnikanth running horizontal on
a speeding train, clambering across burning buildings like Spiderman or
mutating into gargantuan monsters does manage to shock and awe the
viewer who's out there to have big time fun.
But Robot isn't effect alone. It has a plot too which, if you really pay
attention, has a meaning and a message. The film carries forward the
man-machine war through interesting twists and turns and creates a
lively love triangle between scientist Rajnikanth, medico student,
Aishwarya Rai and robot Rajnikanth. Interestingly, the duo make an
interesting pair, what with Rajni saar's sundry wigs and sideburns and
Aishwarya's tribal `Kilimanjaro-Mohenjodaro' attire. Peppered with
colourful songs (AR Rahman) and dances (Prabhu Deva, Raju Sundaram) and
high-octane drama, Robot is the perfect getaway film, guaranteed to give
you a high with its heady over-the-top Indian flavour. You might just OD
(overdose) on the pungent masala fare.
Have a blast. Story: Dr Vasi (Rajnikanth) is a scientist with a
mission. He wants to create the first robot which would not only serve
tea and coffee to its masters but would have the power to serve humanity
in more meaningful ways.