Starring: Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam, Karunas
Directed: S. Shankar
Produced: Kalanidhi Maran
Written: Balakumaran, Sujatha Rangarajan, S. Shankar
Music: A.R Rahman
Cinematography: R. Rathnavelu
Editing: Anthony Gonsalves
Distributed: Sun Pictures
Release date(s): April 14, 2010
Budget: Rs.120 crores
Endhiran is a forthcoming science-fiction Tamil–language film being directed by S. Shankar, who with Endhiran, directs his tenth feature film. Despite several rumours regarding the lead actors, Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai have been formally announced to portray the lead roles. The film is expected to cost 120 crores, one of the highest ever film budgets of the Chennai film industry.
Initially titled and referred to as Robot, the project was launched by Shankar and producer C. Karunamoorthy, chief executive of Ayngaran International who were set to distribute the film along with Eros Labs. However, in December 2008, both production companies backed off, amidst filming schedules, due to financial problems led by the currently ongoing global market recession. Production rights have now been sold to the Chennai-based Sun Pictures.
Cast: Rajnikanth,Aishwarya Rai
Cinematography: R. Ratnavel
Art: Sabu Cyril
Lyrics: Vairamuthu, P A Vijay
Choreography: Raju Sundaram
Costume Design: Manish Malhotra
Banner: Sun Pictures
Release: April 14, 2010
In months we are going to witness a movie by Indian director and Indian artists which will match the standards of a hollywood film. Indians will be proud to show this film to foreigners.
Out-of-the-box director Shankar and Boss of Box office Rajnikanth is bringing another creative effort which will shatter the boundries of Indian films. No other director in Indian film is puting soo much effort into his film and is equally successful with the audience each time. While many other directors are trying to make a film to make money Shanker is creating newer standards for his collegue directors to follow.
The official publicity for Yendiran has been released through media with posters put up in all the cities in Tamilnadu. The heroine Aishwarya Rai who was the former Miss Universe and currently numero uno Bollywood actress’ name also appears with equal importance in the publicity of Endiran.
So much drama was involved before the selection of superstar Rajnikanth. Sharukh Khan was planned for the role,but due to creative differences he had with Shanker, King Khan withdrew from the project and later Aamir khan was approached by Shanker’s men with no results what so ever.
The film is shot with almost secrecy but the media has speculated the thread which goes like this. The story is about a maverick scientist who creates a robot and later runs into trouble with his creation. According to the story written by late writer Sujatha’s novels En Iniya Iyanthira and Jeeno, there are two powerful characters in the film. Grapevine is that the superstar is playing both the roles; one the human and other the powerful robot.
The name of Aiswarya’s Character is Nila and there will be an important character Jeano, the Machine Dog with the sense power of the humans which is expected to entertain the children coming to theaters.
In Yenthiran Aiswarya Rai is a medical student who looks forward for challenging opportunities. The nationally acclaimed scientist Rajini wants to keep her as an assistant for his new project on Robotics. So, he goes to persuade her. she acts not keen enough to work for Rajni.
The guessing game continues as the Rajanikaanth’s fans are in need of more news about Yanthiran.
Yendiran is expected as a film which no one other than S.Shanker could do.
Oscar award winner A.R. Rahman creates music for the film.
Robot’s shoot was launched in Brazil.
Two songs are to be shot at beautiful locations in America.
Shankar has chosen to look beyond Kollywood, beyond Bollywood and into Hollywood for talents and professionals to use in his Magnum Opus.
Stan Winston Studio which has worked for Predator, Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Iron man, Terminator and I Robot is doing Animatronics.
Yuen Woo Ping who handled stunt for many Hollywood movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Matrix and Kill Bill is making his debut for an Indian film by working for Endiran – The Robot
The Costume Designer of Men in Black, Batman Returns, Inspector Gadget: is designing the scientific outfits.
All this world renowned specialists comes together for this film which makes it the first of its kind Indian movie.
Hollywood companies like ILM, Tippet, Café EFX; and Hong Kong companies like Centro and Menfond are going to work in the field of VFX.
Visual Effects and Animatronics co-ordination is by done by Indian Artiste.
The lavish set of Endhiran, starring the South superstar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, was destroyed by the dreaded cyclone that hit Chennai.
The shooting for Endiran took place in many places including a studio in Saligramam, VIT etc. Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai have participated in Endhiran’s shooting in these places.
Anyone watching the shoot continuously for a few days get confused regarding the number of roles that Superstar is acting. Because one day he is spotted with Neat full shirt and jeans in a french beard as Scientist., the very next day in another metallic look.
Camera phones or Digital cameras were not allowed inside the shooting set. Peru is another shooting location for Endiran.
Endhiran – The Robot, was affected by the demise of Sci Fi thriller writer Sujatha. He had been a novelist, trusted associate and screen writer for Shankar.
Shanker is unhappy as his associate is far away from him to give proper advise so it is heard that he is seeking help writer Balakumaran to fill the void. Balakumaran was the wrier who had earlier worked with Shankar in Gentleman, Kadhalan and Jeans.
The script works were completed early. But Shankar is not contented as he wont get further inputs from his trusted partner.
Shankar seems to have approached hollywood director Manoj Night Shyamalan, who is known for making films like Sixth Sense, The Village, Unbreakable, Signs and The Happening. Even though Shyamalan is considered as a horror thriller specialist and he knows how to keep audience on their toes and give them surprises.
Criticism for Big Budget films:
Sivaji was shot for a whopping Rs 80 crore and made history, the new film is Yendiran is expected to cost more than Rs 100 crores and make Sivaji a history.
Not everyone is happy about films like this. Some people say that this money should have been used to alleviate the condition of poverty stricken people in our country. There are people who took resolution not to see big budget films in theaters.
But if everyone retired from creating luxurious art works their wouldn’t have been a Taj Mahal or any such grand creations which all human beings are proud of.
Critics say high budget movies which spend money in other countries and shoot in foreign locations should be taxed heavily than the films which are shot here.
Yanthiran – The Robot, forthcoming magnum opus under Shankar’s direction is silently taking shape outside the reach of media and ordinary people.
Endhiran is expected to release on April 14, 2010.
So all eyes and are waiting for ‘Endhiran’ the movie and the ears have already got its fodder in the ‘Endhiran’ music that was released on July 31. This Shankar’s futuristic film ‘Endhiran: The Robot’ will be a real science-fiction in Tamil after many decades. It is also going to be the biggest Tamil film ever made not just in terms of the money spent on production but also on the line up cast and crew assembled for the film.
It stars Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles. Other major stars in the film include Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam and Kalabavan Mani. The film is a trilingual having Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions.
Rajini plays dual roles in ‘Endhiran’. One is a scientist Vaseegaran and the other is a Robot called Chitti. The scientist Rajini creates an android man with artificial intelligence – like that of sixth sense in humans – which looks exactly like him and behaves too like a human to help mankind. But the robot later acquires more human characters. He through technical upgrades and becomes almost human.
It falls in love with Aishwarya Rai and writes romantic poems besides doing many other things. Knowing about the extra ordinary intelligence of the Robot the villains lead by Danny Denzongpa try to get control of the Robot. Scientist Rajini then fights to save the Robot falling into the hands of the enemies and destroys the evil forces using the Robot itself.
‘Endhiran’ was a dream of director Shankar. After the stupendous success of ‘Sivaji’ in 2007, Shankar decided to go ahead with the project. The story was developed by Sujatha. He was the one who wrote the finest sci-fi novel ‘En Iniya Iyanthira’. He must have been inspired a lot by the Issac Asimov’s robot story ‘Bicentennial Man’ published in 1975.
If the Tamil film is going to be the biggest ever film who else but the Super Star fit to head the film? The Super Star was signed. For the heroine Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone were considered and Ash was finalized. For the main villain Telugu star Chakravarthi was first considered and later the Bollywood legend Danny Denzongpa was signed. All most all the biggest names in Indian cinema were tossed up to do at least a character.
In January 2008 ‘Endhiran’ was announced to be produced by Ayngaran International along with Eros Labs. The film was growing and the budget was escalating. At one point the international production companies wanted to leave the project and Sun Pictures came to the rescue. In 2009 ‘Endhiran’ was officially taken over by Sun Pictures.
After Sun Pictures took over, the 200-crore film progressed fast and got completed in July 2010. The first schedule of ‘Endhiran’ commenced with the filming of “Kilimanajro” song featuring Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai at the historic location of the Machu Picchu in Peru. The final schedule was fittingly wrapped up at the Sun Studios in Chennai.
The technical crew of ‘Endhiran’ is hand picked by Shankar from all over the world comprising the best of the world.
The script is by late Sujatha, Shankar and Balakumaran. Yuen Woo Ping who designed action scenes for films like The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Forbidden Kingdom is the stunt co-co-ordinator for ‘Endhiran’. Also our own Peter Hein has done a great job.
Stan Winston Studios which handled visual effects for iconic films like Aliens, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park took care of the animatronics in the film. Shankar has used animatronics technology, seen in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park trilogy for ‘Endhiran’.
The spectacular effects are made real by the superior combination lighting cinematography of Rathnavelu. Editing is by Anthony and the dance choreography for ‘Endhiran’ is by Raju Sundaram and Claudia Bruckmann.
Industrial Light & Magic that handled the special effects for films like Avatar, Star Wars, and Titanic worked on visual and special effects. Buzz says about 40 per cent of the budget was spent on the special effects.
And for the music there is no comparison. The audio of ‘Endhiran’ was officially released on July 31. The best thing about the songs of ‘Endhiran’ is that they are A Rajini Rahman numbers. In his earlier films for Rajini ARR stayed away from his style of music and blended with the Super Star image more. But in ‘Endhiran’ both high values are independent yet complementing each other.
With ‘Endhiran’, Kalanidhi Maran and Hansraj Saxena of Sun Pictures are debuting as official producers. Sun Pictures has tied up with the reputed international distributors HBO to release ‘Endhiran’ with English subtitles in the West. ‘Endhiran’ is expected to hit world screens with nearly 1500 prints in three languages. In the process for the first time China will screen a Rajini film.
Come September, there’s no territory left untouched by the magnetism of Super Stat Rajinikath. With stunning film like ‘Endhiran’, Kollywood is surely all set to make a mark in world cinema.