Though Rajnikanth is one of the most sought after stars of the country and every other filmmaker looks forward to work with him yet he wasn't the first choice for the much touted sci-fi film ROBOT.
Reveals the south megastar in his witty style, 'Initially Shankar approached Kamal Hassan & Shahrukh Khan for this film. They were the first choice for it. However it eventually came to me. As they say Daane Daane pe likha hai Khaane waale ka naam (it was destined for me)'
ROBOT is Rajnikanth's second consecutive film with Shankar, with whom he did his previous blockbuster SIVAJI - THE BOSS. And it is because of this trust which made him take up this role. 'Shankar is an excellent technician and one of the best directors of India who can mix the class and commercial elements very well. I did SIVAJI with him and I trust him completely, so I agreed to do the film - else I would have not done the film as it is a very tough and challenging role,' said Rajni.
Further Rajni compared ROBOT to the cult Hindi film SHOLAY, which is still fondly remembered. 'Around Rs 160 crore has been invested to make the film. SHOLAY made history not because of the money or budget involved, not because it was a multi-starrer, not because of the technicalities, but because of its subject, superb characterization. So like SHOLAY, in ROBOT too there is an excellent storyline, excellent character sketches. This is the first Indian story of its type. It's science fiction and excellently made. And I am guaranteeing it.'
Well after coming from Rajni we are all the more eager to check out his sci-fi extravaganza ROBOT.