There aren't many stars and films these days that are capable of creating hysteria amongst the masses. Rajnikanth's ROBOT is one such film.
The thought of robots having emotions is intriguing. What if they are able to love, hate, be happy or sad just like humans? Will that be a boon or a bane? This is what director Shankar has tried to portray in ROBOT.
ROBOT is full of awesome action sequences, drama, and romance, but more importantly, it has a good story to tell. Surely your money's worth.
The best part about ROBOT is that director Shankar doesn't try to overshadow the film's plot with Rajnikanth's superstar status. Yes, there are copious unbelievable action scenes that Rajnikanth is synonymous for. However, the film is much more than that.
After 10 years of hard work and perseverance, Dr. Vaseegaran (Rajnikanth) creates an andro-humanoid robot named Chitti (Rajnikanth). Sana (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) is Dr. Vaseegaran's girlfriend for whom Dr. Vaseegaran doesn't have much time. Chitti is flawless as a machine but things take a horrid turn when Dr. Vaseegaran instils human emotions into him. He falls for Sana and is hell-bent to marry her. But Sana considers him to be a 'toy friend' rather than a boy friend. This calls for doom.
Shankar uses a robot to make his point about human behaviour and he does that with aplomb. However, in portions, the film is too stretched, especially in the second half. Chitti's extended conversation with mosquitoes is redundant and so are some of the songs that hinder the film's flow.
Some of the awe-inspiring scenes include Chitti's train sequence or when he becomes a snake of many robots in the climax. You can't stop whistling or clapping here.
The special effects used in the film are at par (if not better) than most Hollywood films. Swanand Kirkire's Hindi dialogues are excellent. Music by A R Rahman is disappointing to say the least.
Rajnikanth is simply outstanding. If one Rajnikanth is good for you, this has 100s of him at one point. And even though all except one are bad, they are still good to watch. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks ravishing and acts well. Danny Denzongpa plays his negative role to perfection.
ROBOT is highly recommended for its heartfelt story and Rajnikanth's awesome histrionics.