Newest Reviews
You Were Never Really Here
Lovely But Deadly
Last Warrior, The
Artemis 81
Quiet Place, A
Changeover, The
Isle of Dogs
Funny Cow
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Mad to Be Normal
Beast of Burden
Dead Men Walk
Game Night
Under the Tree
L'Amant Double
Producers, The
Molly's Game
Forest of the Lost Souls, The
Hatchet III
Birdman of Alcatraz
Pacific Rim: Uprising
If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth a Fuck
Nun, The
Newest Articles
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
The Ultimate Trip: The Original Psychedelic Movies
Players of Games: Willy Wonka, Tron and Ready Player One
What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round? The Ends of The Monkees
Flings and Arrows: Conquest vs Flesh + Blood
Orson Around: F for Fake and The Late Great Planet Earth
ITC What You Did There: Retro-Action on Blu-ray
And It Was the Dirtiest Harry We Have Seen in a Very Long Time: The Dirty Harry Series
Manor On Movies: The Astounding She Monster
Manor On Movies: Don't be a dolt. That's not a cult (movie)
Wes Anderson's Big Daddies: Steve Zissou and Others
Bad Taste from Outer Space: Galaxy of Terror and Xtro
A Yen for the 1990s: Iron Monkey and Satan Returns
Hey, Punk: Jubilee and Rock 'n' Roll High School
Help! with The Knack: Richard Lester in 1965
  Enthiran Hi, RobotBuy this film here.
Year: 2010
Director: S. Shankar
Stars: Rajnikanth, Aishwarya Rai, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam, Devadarshini Chetan, Karunas, Delhi Kumar, Cochin Hanifa, Kalabhavan Mani, Sabu Cyril, Chaams, Shriya Sharma
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Action, Science Fiction, Romance
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Medical student Sana (Aishwarya Rai) has a problem. It's her boyfriend Dr. Vaseegaran (Rajnikanth), who she is having trouble spending any time with, not because she doesn't want to, but because he is so busy with his work at the laboratory where he is making leaps and bounds with technology to create an android which could pass for human. With the help of his occasionally bumbling assistants, the time is growing near for him to unveil his work, a robot which looks just like him but which has remarkable physical prowess and mental ability. But can he - or should he - give the machine a soul?

Enthiran became a brief internet sensation around the time of its release when the trailer and clips were leaked, leaving people who had never seen a Bollywood (or Kollywood, in this case) movie dumbfounded at its entertainment value, and wondering why if you were making an android you'd make it look like a rather portly middle aged gentleman. They were of course unaware of the superstar status of the man billed as, well, Superstar Rajni in the credits within South Asia, for his fans would accept him in any role as long as he was the hero, which made Enthiran unusual in that he played the villain here; in addition to the hero, which could have been viewed as having his cake and eating it.

Not that the robot, named Chitti by the doctor's mother, starts out that way, as he begins his existence as a literal-minded servant to his creator who he regards as a god for what he has done for him, bringing out a theme of how much a deity owes its creation in guiding it, for one thing the scientist doesn't do is prepare the mechanical man for the outside world, and the further Chitti moves into society the more uncertain his nascent moral compass becomes. It's all very well that he can rescue Sana from a train carriage full of potential rapists in a wild action scene with fighting choreographed by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping, or save a baby being born with a potentially life threatening condition, but what if he begins to feel emotions?

Emotions he cannot really deal with as he learns more about relationships and falls in love with Sana. She is flattered but understandably perplexed, for while she appreciates all the android has done for her there's no way she could marry him as for all his faults it's Vasee she is meant to be with, and Chitti has issues with that. Enter the film's real villain, Dr. Bohra (Danny Denzongpa), who is the genius's boss but wants to use the robot for evil, and after he turns down Vasee for any further research in this area since Chitti is judged too inept in too many ways (he saved a girl in the bath from a major fire, and she was so ashamed of her public nakedness that she threw herself under a bus!), the problems mount up.

Though many connected this to Hollywood blockbuster I, Robot, director S. Shankar claimed he had planned it for the best part of ten years, and really in spite of the plentiful action sequences we were back in the old reliable Frankenstein formula once again. So Vasee must face up to the repsonsibilities his invention brings, and the troubling implications of acting godlike towards him nudges the plot in a Mary Shelley direction, though considering the leading lady was one of the most desirable Bollywood actresses of all time, audiences could sympathise with Chitti's plight and confusion. In a curious mix of the downright silly (slapstick comedy on an overblown scale, for example) and the contemplative, what most would take away from Enthiran would be those spectacular effects sequences, often more ambitious than convincing, but with a finale where the now corrupt Chitti assembles a robot army and basically smashes up the place in order to win Sana's heart it was goofily enjoyable when it wasn't lightly intellectual. Music by A.R. Rahman - his numbers are more like pop videos.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 1033 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (4)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman

Recent Visitors
Arif Kabban
Graeme Clark
  Robert Segedy
Darren Jones
  Asma Amal
  Chris Lawrence
Enoch Sneed
George White


Last Updated: