South superstar Rajinikant reportedly charged a whopping 45 crore for the sci-fi thriller Robot (Enthiran). The actor plays a scientist who makes a robot who is his own replica. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan falls in love with the robot. Before the film went on floors, director Shankar and Rajinikant spent two weeks in Los Angeles to prepare the mould for the robot’s body with the latest technology. “The first step was scanning Rajinikant’s entire body to create a prototype. Using this prototype, Hollywood technicians created a robot that everyone said was literally like his double,” says a source from the production house.
Shankar collaborated with Hollywood’s Stan Winston for visual effects and make-up. Almost 40 percent of the 150-crore budget was spent on special effects and animatronics. Hollywood experts were called in and the technology used in films like Avatar and The Curious Case of Benajamin Button was also employed in Robot.
The film has a futuristic look, and it is also the first in the world to be shot in Machu Picchu in Peru, which was voted as one of the new Wonders Of The World in an online poll in 2007. Earlier, permission for shooting at this location was denied even to The Quantum Of Solace. Rajinikant and Aishwarya will be seen romancing on the sparkling white sands here.
“Interestingly, Shankar had earlier shot at all the erstwhile seven wonders of the world for his film Jeans in the late ’90s, which was also one of the costliest films of its time!” informed the source.
In the making for over two years, Robot has also been shot in Brazil and the US, with a foreign crew that included the famous costume designer E Vogt, who is designing clothes for Men In Black III, and Yuen Woo Ping, one of the most successful Chinese martial art choreographers and film directors.
This science-fiction entertainer is said to be the costliest Indian film ever, but Shankar says that the budget is justified considering that it is a complete entertainer with the most advanced special effects seen so far on the Indian screen. Robot releases in September.
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