Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Endhiran

Watching any movie is like having full meals. Inippu, pulippu, kaaram... it has to have everything in the right proportion and I need to enjoy kattu-kattufying the full meals, and most of all, has to be super value for the money spent, else it gets thrashed.

Most of the [Bollywood] films I have been watching of late, have been so terrible, boring and above all - just not worth the 350 Rupees spent at PVR, they are not even layaak to be reviewed on the blog. Even the much hyped Peepli Live turned out to be one draabai.

And comes, Endhiran after three whole years of fasting. The last full meals I had was on 14.06.'07. Endhiran is not full meals. It's Shankar's Special Thali with not one, three meals in one periiiyaaaaa plate.


Rocking Robot

Dr.Vaseeegaran [Vasi] creates a super duper Robot - Chitti who does everything from shoe polishing to cooking to putting Mehendi. Dr.Bohra, Vasi's mentor and villain refuses to give his nod for the Robot to be used for Defense purposes and asks Vasi to stop his research as well only because Chitti only follows instructions and doesn't quite use his judgement to complete his tasks. So, Vasi activates a variety of emotions in Chitti that helps him act carefully but er.. Chitti actually falls in love with Sana, Vasi's girl friend. Chitti turns the baddie, kidnaps Sana, multiplies himself, goes into destruction mode all in less than two hours 45 minutes giving us a super duper virundhu.

Romantic Robot

I watched the movie with the entire balcony booked for us by a good samaritan. And more than 3/4ths of the 236 people who watched the film with me were non-Tamilians who didn't understand the language. But yet the applauded at the right places. Take for example, the interval block. The stage where Sana played by Aishwarya Rai gives a peck on Chitti's cheek and his reaction post that indicating that he's smitten by her. Junta clapped non-stop...Adudhan Shankar! Adudhan Thalaivar!

Rahman-ic Robot

This is the season of (A R) Rahman bashing. Even now after the songs have become a super hit, people indulge and please themselves bashing Rahman. Vettiyans!

Shankar has done full justice to Rahman's songs. Loved Thalaivar and Chitti dancing for 'Boom Boom..'. 'Kaadhal Anukkal' sung by Vijay Prakash and Shreya has been shot beautifully in Brazil. Next holiday angadaan. Any sponsors?

Honestly, didn't quite like the picturization of Kilimanjaro. Machu-Pichu didn't look all that great. Loved Irumbile Or irudayam. ARR's voice - full justice.

And SPB's voice in Pudhiya Manidha is outstanding and comes in at the right time.

But the wow-o-wow song is Arima Arima . Fantabulous! Adra sakka-nnu naanan. Shankar in a different league only.

Rahman - forget your bashers. Silly mortals. You Rock Thalaivare!

Rouse Robot

Major credit for Robot putting Rouse goes to the Late Sujatha Rangarajan, Shankar and Madhan Karky. The dialogues with the cop Kochi Haneefa, Rangoosi Mosquito and the scene at the hair salon - nalla punch. The Chellatha scene is also too much! The dialogues in the climax where Chitti dismantles himself - Senti aayiten boss!

Even the smallest of small details in the dialogues are to be noted - for eg. Chitti helping Sana during her exams and telling the professors on the things pending from his end.

Rasigan [of] Robot

The director has completely understood the Rajini Rasigan and the fact that they crave to watch the original villain of the 80s. Chitti two point o is the reincarnation of Moondru Mugam, Avargal, 16 Vayadinile. That nadai, that rouse, that style, that Meeeeeiii - Total Applause! Evlo naalachu Thalaivar-a ippadi pathu?

Rowdhram Robot

The action sequences where Chitti ..illa Chittis go about fighting with people are mind blowing.
Don't miss the humor in the train sequence where he actually stops someone from spitting from the train.

Serious-a, Tamizh cinema is going places. At one hand, here we are making films like Kalavani that appeal to the hardcore B and C and there are films like Eeram & Boss (e) Baaskaran for the multiplex mandais and there is Endhiran which has taken to another league only. Vaazhga Tamizh cinema!

Wonderful SFX in not just the action sequences but all the Chitti scenes. The prosthetic makeup for Chitti is flawless. Kudos guys!

Randy Robot

Some fantastic work out there from Rathnavelu, the cinematographer. It would have been quite a task shooting the two Rajnis, action sequences and all. Romba super Sir!

Rajini Robot

I don't know if Rajni should do another film after this. Don't get me wrong. Endhiran is so mind-blowingly fantastic that it is going to be difficult to match the expectations of not just his fans but people world over. And if ever he does one, he should do something completely different - may be an out and out villainous character. Actually, am not sure. Awestruck after watching Endhiran!

Rai Robot

Aishwarya Rai actually looks young in this film. Botox ki Jai Ho! But her costumes are terrible.. really terrible! Manish Malhotra brings his Poonal saari, jarring colors... why why? Savitha Reddy has done a good job dubbing for Rai but puhleez koncham Englipees training chahiye! Accent putting in Englipees - not azhagu.

ROFL ( of )Robot

The producers have spent 150 Crores + on this film. Couldn't they have spent a little bit extra flying down someone to Mumbai to train Danny Denzongpa to speak Tamizh? Annan is rattling in total Hindi and poor Kadhir(avan) dubbing for him.

Revathy Sankaran - Paati only layakku for vetti pecchu. She cannot put one decent act. She puts one adfilm acting "Arasan soappu vangunga" kind of expression. Paavam Delhi Kumar. Doubt if people recognized him as a side side kick. He has exactly two dialogues :( Raaghav the most annoying tundu-beedi vetti has something to talk about for the rest of life. His two and half scenes on Robot. Yerkanave ivan scene poduvan. Inime taangaduda saami!

And the person who has made maximum money on this film is not director Shankar, not Kalanidhi Maran... not even Rajni Saar. It is these model coordinators like Thara Umesh. Too many upmarket, SEC A++ looking junior artistes.

Art Director Sabu's work also is konjam disappointing. Happy home, Vasi's research studio - looked very adfilmi and set-ty.

Raasi Robot

Two hardcore Kamalagaasan fans came to me and said they have observed that Thalaivar always used Kamalagaasan's name in all his films as a sentiment FOR THE FILM TO BECOME A HIT. Do you agree? I don't!

But before I conclude, here's what I would like to say:

Thank you Kamlagaasan! Bigger thank you Saaruk kaan! [They said No to the film before it came to Thalaivar]

Robot Ratings

It'd be an insult to give this film any star, moon or planet rating. And I don't want to squeeze this film under five or ten stars.

If you haven't watched this film, go book yourself a ticket and be a part of this Entertaining, Exhilarating, Exciting, Enjoyable Endhira vizha! What an Experience!

43 Responses:

balaji said...

I liked the ending part d most 'It's not fair to give rating for a superstar film!!!!' aferal watching thalaivar film is an xperiance!!!!! no matter we give 5 stars,3 stars ppl wld stll go to d theatres to watch him!!!!!

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Appadi podu, Blogeswari. Danny Thamizh-pesu-pa should be his name. I detest wrong lip syncs. In a film of this magnitude, such things needs to be avoided. Maybe he's speaking Hindi to cater to the Hindi version, but it does not make sense. Superstar rocks and this movie is a landmark, milestone, and what not. But of course, he had better act again! One kamedy film will be cool too,eh? Enjoyed your review as ahlvays.:)

Sathya said...

i ws actually waiting for ur review on enthiran as much as i waited for enthiran itself...thala rocks, so does ur review...i thoroughly enjoyed enthiran, watched same day 2 shows...i too sincerely hope thala retires cause i cant imagine any future thalaivar film of this magnitude...Rajni vazhga...

Ananth said...

I Was waiting for your review since the film hit the screens. we felt the festive feel..any way, neenga adikadi post podunga.

kadarkarai said...
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Kadarkarai Thangam.S said...

Thalaivar always Rocks mam.
i liked the before the interval part really touching the heart. You didnt mention abt that :( . Any have plan to go 2 times.

Die hard Rajni sir Fan.

அநன்யா மஹாதேவன் said...

thanks blogeswari for reflecting my thoughts! Loved your review!

Anonymous said...

The movie was OK.
But you'd had to be a Rajini fan to have written THIS review.

RAVI said...

ELLAAM SARI...Though your thalaivar took utmost care for English required for a scientist role, somewhere he slipped but created HISHTORY !

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Blogeswari said...

Thank you people. Overwhelmed with your responses.

Kadarkarai - Please read the 'Romantic robot' paragraph

Ravi - better than sila Paramakkudigaarargal trying to speak vazha vazha kozha kozha English no?

GB said...

Same pinch. Dot.

Lychee Martini said...

Throughout your review, I couldn't help but wonder if you were being sarcastic. Then it occurred to me that you must a die-hard(est) like the rest. But hey I share your view on one thing - even I'd be somewhat hesitate to rate this movie - but for very different reasons of course :P

anand said...

fantabulous review...

anand said...

fantabulous... and so true...

Shobana said...

Hey...I was jus waitg to read ur review...
Enna irunthalum thalaivar thalaivar thaan..certain things are better unexplained...and nobody can explain the magic of our superstar ...
Jus waitg to watch the movie on Thurs:-)

Ram said...

I have another Rajini sentiment. Which is that for a Rajini film to become a hit, SPB has to sing at least 1 song (preferably the intro song) in it. I attribute the failure of Baba to this deficiency.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Blogeswari...

I was just hoping you would review this movie...

It was so fulfilling to read your review...
enna irundalum thalivar thalivar than ille!!

nalla velai Saruk panale...

Anonymous said...

I was waiting for your review :) and as usual you rock.

-KG

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Blogeswari, what a nice review! Thalai vazhai ilai pottu kalyana sappadu madhiri irundudu.

nice to see you blogging again.

LK said...

ithu eppadi irukku

Reva said...

yekka.. unga review super! I enjoyed it as much as the movie..

Regular reader... but first time commenter! :D Keep up the good work!

ssstoryteller said...

Sooper,
yenga pa companeny?

Shall go to chennai and watch it with fellow fans, to get the right feel.

Harini said...

Super review...was waiting for your review Blosgeshwari. Inthe "Silly Mortals" peru enaku rombe pidichu iruku...I have so many silly mortals around me you know :(

yaadayaada said...

Super review! Kalakkipidinga!

Agn! Sharman said...

not sure if Rs.500 ticket was worth it. Awaiting for tickets rates to come to normalcy.

Gud thing about watching any movie after u r review/feedback/kirukkal (wat ever u want to call it...) is get some extraaa info and and the places and pleople to lookout for in the movie.
- agni sharman, chennai

A4ISMS said...

Hi,
whether I watch Endiran or not ( one of my twins watched it on two consecutive days in Pune... the other planning to watch it in DEnver, Colorado this weekend...) I am happy Rajnisaar made you break your silence in blogosphere!
Missed you since July!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your thanks note to Shahrukh Khan and Kamal. I just cannot imagine Shahrukh Khan as Robot. Rajini Vaazhga!

gayathri said...

great review as always:-) yet to watch the movie:-)

gayathri said...

great review as always:-) yet to watch the movie:-)

க விக்னேஷ் said...

Yakkov...review ellam nalla irukku...aana ethukku Kamal-ah theva illama ilukkureenga...
Neenga konjam note pannale theriyum...Thalaivar Kamal peru-ah adikkadi use pannraar...at least in the last 3 movies Sivaji, Kuselan and Enthiran...
Rajini follow pannra innum sila sentiments-um irukku...
1. SPB for opening song (Die-hard fans Shankar Mahadevan-ah ketta ketta vaarthai-la thitti naane paathurukken...Avar-aala thaan Baba n Kuselan flop aachu-nu sollraanga... :O )
2. Snake - Enthiran-la kooda Formation mode-la Paambu maathiri vara thevaye illa...but sentiment-ku thaan... :)

Comin to the point...as always, enjoyed ur review... :)
Ungalukku Kamal mela appadi enna thaan veruppu-nu thaan puriyal...avar-ah rombave damage pannreenga... :(

Sridharan said...

I left smoking 3 motnhs ago, but had to start again beacuse of ARR's Kilmanjaro, Kaaaaaadhal Anukal, Robo deck????, Harihran and SPB however took over two songs to their credit, Film has 2 disadvantages back ground score (no temo like Indian) and length (Shankar can reduce cost of half hour to cut his budgets)

Siva said...

It's true that matching this performance again will be v difficult. Maybe next up should be an outright comedy movie like Thillu Mullu.

Suchi said...

Awesome review - I am fan of yr blog and yr review - thanks for keeping us entertained!!

Anonymous said...

Since you write about ads,
Did you notice the latest Tata Sky ad. In Indhi, the user actually deselects Tamil and selects Marathi. but in the tamil version that part is cut. Bloody idiots enna nakkal iruntha intha maari problem pannuvanga. Serious issue.

Rain Raaga said...

review super. Yet to watch the movie.
Enakku onnu puriyale.
thalaivar kamal perai eppo use panraar annu?
Eppo use panraar movie le ya?
I have not observed.
yaaravudu observe pannirunda sollungale..

Chitti said...

Thanks for reviewing me.Your review made my day.Sorry for the late response i just joined online to socialize with people.I expected a paragraph CHITTI THE ROBOT @chittionline

R. Shalu said...

Shankar's Special Thali with not one, three meals in one periiiyaaaaa plate....
Hahaha, No better way to say this then what you just did...

wow-o-wow song is Arima Arima...
agree... i think that is the song which ACTUALLY stands out in the movie...

That nadai, that rouse, that style, that Meeeeeiii - Total Applause! Evlo naalachu Thalaivar-a ippadi pathu?...
Super Star-naa, Super Star thaan:-)

go book yourself a ticket and be a part of this Entertaining, Exhilarating, Exciting, Enjoyable Endhira vizha! What an Experience!
Yaa !! I did. And, enjoyed every moment !! Thanks paa..
Deepavali wishes :-)))

Anonymous said...

This was really interesting. I loved reading it

Agn! Sharman said...

appadi podu podu podu podu podu... (theyncha CD mathiri naanum ella previous commentsukku... AMEN!)

Ganga said...

i had to read this and had to comment.. totally agree with u on the Peepli Live.. stuff that kids do in their school plays... adhuku ivalo hype...

ENDHIRAN... I booked the tickets for me and my husband.. Cos i just couldn't wait.. Went to see it on my birthday!!! what else can i expect for a bday gift???? Loved it!! every bit of it... cried in the end too.. Raja chinna Roja'lendhu I am a Rajini fan. This movie was outstanding. New heights for Tamil cinema and a great movie in Rajini's post stardom career... I Love Chitti..

Pranaav said...

i was a fan of ur blog until i read this review.. such a biased one! irukira ellarayum nalla kalaakira.. rajini na mattum thookitu vandhudura.. average movie ku nee kodutha build up iruke.. indha latchanathula nee kamal'a vera kalaaikira ella post la.. thuu.. get a life!

SG said...

I read many of your reviews and I always ended up thinking 'she nailed it again' but I have to say that this review is very biased.

As much as I enjoyed the movie, it had its flaws and could have definitely been atleast 30 min shorter. As hard it is to accept Karunas and Santhanam as fellow researchers, its even harder to watch them play the fool with alcohol and biryani - far beneath Shankar's standards. Why o why should heroines continue to get molested (2 times in the movie) when heros including hero robots should come to their rescue ?! And kadhalrathu was just intolerable !! I was sure you would criticize them all in your famous blogeswari style but was utterly disappointed.