Shanker’s ROBO (2010) Review
Banner: Sun Pictures
Cast: Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa, Cochin Haneefa, Santhanam, Kalabhavan Mani, M S Bhaskar
Music: A R Rahman
Cinematography: R Ratnavelu
Producers: Kalanidhi Maran, Hansraj Saxena
Release date: 1st October
Watched @ ODEON 70mm,Hyderabad
Dr. Vaseegaran (Rajnikanth) after 10 years of hard work and expertise creates a humanoid robot and wants to dedicate it to the army to save human lives. The humanoid robot impresses everyone with his antics and is loved by everyone. He intoduces him to the world in the world robotics forum much to the displeasure of his guru Dr. Bohra(Danny Densongpa), who after much failed efforts is still to create a working humanoid. Vaseegaran’s girlfriend Sana(Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) gets bowled over by the robot Chiti (Rajnikanth again). Vaseegaran’s dreams get shattered when Chiti gets rejected by the AIRA because he could not understand human emotions. What happens when a robot encounters human emotions forms the rest of the story.
Hats off to director shankar for coming up with an original storyline and breathtaking CG. “Superstar” Rajnikanth excels as Vaseegaran & Chiti in the movie. He portrays the Robot so wonderfully well that he deserves special praise. The dialogues were normal, the script was just average, the screenplay was not quick. Background score was alright but only three songs were worth watching. Cinematography was excellent.Aishwarya Rai looks tantalizingly beautiful(ye, i mean it!). Special mention for the costume designer for getting the costumes pitch perfect. Danny Densongpa does a good job as Dr.Bohra. Santhanam & Karunas as Vaseegaran’s sidekicks provide some much needed light moments.
Parts of the ROBO are superbly entertaining – the scale is spectacular, the story is ambitious and the special effects are impressive. But parts, especially in the second half, are so needlessly stretched and cacophonous, that you’re just waiting for it to end. Still, I strongly recommend that you see Robot, to partake in writer-director S Shankar’s prodigious imagination and to revel in the sheer force of nature that is Rajinikant.
Rajni Vs Rajni…. Thali’war’……