ROBOT

For Rajni Fans Only…

Pic: Robot; Source: bollywoodworld.com

10:30 pm: Excited about watching Robot, have heard so much about the special effects and of course the Rajni mania surrounding the film…

10:35 pm: At Big Cinema’s IMAX theatre in Mumbai, now super excited about watching the film on the gigantic screen…

10:40 pm: The movie begins with big alphabets appearing on screen one by one to form the words – ‘S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R’ ‘R.A.J.N.I.K.A.N.T’. Though the theatre is half empty but two groups of boys are cheering… I point out that Aishwarya’s full name is spelt wrong (Bachan instead of Bachchan) in the credits; get told off by a friend to stop proof-reading. Okay! Ready for ROBOT to activate.

11:40 pm: Funny, ridiculous, endearingly tacky… am having fun!

12:40 pm: Ok, another hour to go… seems like a task, can we fast forward the songs please?

1:15 am: Very nice fight, not 1, not 2, not 10, hundreds of Rajni Robots getting into a sphere formation. Wait a minute, they are in snake mode now.

1:30 am: Ok! I want to go home NOW…

1:40 am approx: Yay! Movie over, I am tired…

Pic: Robot; Source: endhiran.org

First things first, I am not a Rajnikant fan but am always game for a good film… Was pretty excited about Shankar’s Robot; however, was left disappointed with what I saw last night. I was not looking for logic here and was expecting a lot of silliness but it was funny and enjoyable in parts only. The film was largely disappointing due to its tiresome length, over the top production design and special effects that get tacky and amateurish at times, patchy writing, forced songs with below average music and lyrics.

The film is about a humanoid Robot that is developed for military purposes but develops human feelings (Iron Man meets Bicentennial Man meets I, Robot). There is a lot of masala in the film with romance, action, comedy all thrown in together, unfortunately the final product is not that tasty. Rajnikant as the robot, Chitti and his creator, Prof. Vasigaran;is no doubt good but I’d like to see him in roles that suit his age and stature. I usually like Aishwarya Rai but I have nothing to say about her shockingly ineffective performance in this film; she was so much better in her debut film, Iruvar back in 1997. It was good to see Danny Denzongpa playing a baddie once again.

Robot is the most expensive film made in India, then why wasn’t any attention to detail paid? Rajnikant’s beard and wig look… fake! You can actually see the edges peeling slightly. The robot in the film is shown to know all languages that are programmed by his creator. I want to know how he could understand what the mosquitoes were saying, certainly no human knows that. Yes, you read it right there is a sequence where Chitti talks to a colony of mosquitoes.

Talking about the special effects, there are some impressive sequences especially in the climax where there are hundreds of lookalike robots. However, there are many poorly executed sequences that can only be termed, shoddy. The film could have been a good half hour shorter (editing – Anthony Gonsalves) as it gets really boring in the second half. Regarding make up and costumes, the less said is better; maybe going ‘over the top’ was the brief but it shouldn’t be at the cost of making your actors look silly. Mr. Manish Malhotra didn’t expect this from you…

Music by A. R. Rahman is below average but I will not give up hope and wait for the maestro to come back with another rocking album (after Jhootha Hi Sahi of course). Lyrics by Swanand Kirkere are bizarre and I prefer ‘Telephone Dhun Mein Hasne Wali’ from Hindustani to his ‘Neutrons, Electrons’ in Robot.  In true Shankar style, the songs are shot at exotic locations and the song, ‘Kilimanjaro, Mohenjadaro’, which incidentally is shot in Macchu Picchu, looks nice. The ‘Neutrons, Electrons’ song that is shot in a Brazilian desert could have looked breathtaking if the makers didn’t decide to ‘enhance’ the visuals with so called ‘special effects’.

Overall, Robot is a very average film that doesn’t really live up to its promise of being a complete masala entertainer. Ask Rajni fans and they would trash this post citing the author’s lack of understanding of Tamil cinema or specifically Rajni cinema. I understand their point of view as even I was criticised for overlooking My Name Is Khan’s flaws and going simply by what I felt after the film in my review. Robot is for Rajni fans and they will love it. If you are not a fan, don’t go with any expectations and you may like it.

My rating: * * ½ Two and a half stars on five

– Shrey Khetarpal

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22 comments on “ROBOT

  1. Hi Shrey,

    I am not a Rajini fan, still it was a great entertainer. I felt every one done their part well. Robot had a good plot, special effects, music and narration. second half was little prolonged may be few scenes be chopped as well some kiddish comedies which could have been omitted. Overall was a very good movie in all aspects. I like to rate 4/5. This is just my view on the movie 🙂

  2. if you dont know to review please stop providing useless reviews like this.. More importantly don’t try to gve negative points to deactive the thoughts of ur viewers… good movie even though i am not a rajini fan i give 4/5 …

    • Hmm… angry like Chitti! You just reviewed my reviews by that statement Christo 🙂
      I have a tiny blog, I cannot ‘deactivate’ thoughts when a superstar is activating them right now. You liked it, great! I didn’t, great. Peace.

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  5. I actually jusyt got bak froma dinner with two hardcore rajni fans and even they trashed it as disappointing. Apparently the signature rajni trait was completly missing from the movie!! Not watched it. Ofcourse, and after this review and more from a few othr frnds, don’t even intend too :))

  6. I agree with you. It was enjoyable in parts, especially the first half. Second half and the climax were stretched too much. The songs were badly picturised, forced unnecessarily in the plot and the music was REALLY bad. How come Rajni looks so young and slim in the movie? Lot of post work I guess? And Kilimanjaro song had Aishwarya showing off her silicone pads for Christ’s sake!

  7. Hi everyone i learnt that the movie is based on some famous indian comedy show 🙂
    can anyone provide the name of the show, and preferably the link to download the episodes from internet
    😉

    • Hi Thomas! I don’t think Robot is based on a comedy show; I think you’re talking about ‘Khichdi’. You can search using the following terms ‘Khichdi’ (season 1) and ‘Instant Khichdi’ (season 2) for the show.

  8. I have to say Robot was missing the Rajni Style element but still its was fairly enjoyable. Shankar deserves credit for his imagination in the climax. Ash’s never been a great actress but sure she has done better. SHe looks awesome though. For Rajni Sir , he is too good with whatever he take on.
    Length is a problem of course, atleast half an hour short. In all not a bad attempt.

  9. I agree with you calling it an ‘attempt’. The promise however was of a superior film and not an attempt, that’s my problem with it 🙂

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