Ash : It’s a total Rajnikanth-Shankar styled entertainer. There’s no logic as to why I agreed to do it beyond the urge to work with Rajnikanth. Shankar and Rajnikanth sir have approached me for so many films, it’s embarrassing. Ever since we did Jeans together Shankar has approached me for all his films except “Boys”.
Rajnikanth sir, being the senior that he is, has shown no egoistic traits in approaching me for his last four-five films. And my refusal to do his films was never misconstrued by him. I admire him for that. It speaks volumes for his seniority and his calibre as a human being to never take offense to my no.”
Is that why you said yes to Robot?
Ash : This time for Robot it was an immediate yes from me. I just wanted to work with Rajini sir and Shankar. My Jeans with Shankar was a super success. I learnt so much from Jeans and Shankar. Robot, too, will be a learning experience.
Is it a sci-fi film?
Ash : It is hard to define. But technically it will take cinema to another level. I can only say I’ll come away enriched. It’s very important for me to come away with something from my films since I give so much. I want to work with Rajini sir, yaar. He’s phenomenal. Everyone speaks of this experience. I’ll actually go through the experience.