CATEGORIES OF ENDHIRAN
Behindwoods Visitor Prakash
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An Experience - A brief Analysis
Many said and wrote about Endhiran but
it is truly an experience as Superstar
says in the trailer.
Endhiran is new genre to Tamil cinema.
The start of Sci-fiction and to more extent
setting benchmark to Indian cinema. This
is a movie which is going to really push
the boundaries of Indian cinema technically.
Talking about Endhiran we can divide the
movie in 4 categories:
1.Story,screenplay and dialogues.
2.Animatronics and Special Effects.
3.Using the stars.
Let’s go into one by one:
Shankar is one director whose stories have always
been one dimensional and that’s the reason
he is able to reach the audience. He doesn't add
strong layers and complexity to story. His stories
fall under good vs evil issue except for Boys.
Now taking about Endhiran, Shankar has a one line
story of a scientist creating a robot which will
have the emotions of man. Making it simple so layman
also understands. But where he stands apart is in
the screenplay. He knows what to present at which
Now coming to dialogues, this film would have been
a dumb robot unless for late writer Sujatha. Shankar-Sujatha
combination has worked magic in most of the Shankar's
films. Indian, Mudhalvan, Boys and Anniyan all still
remain in mind for their super dialogues. Sujatha's
dialogue raises the movie to next level. So many
places we can feel the classic touch of Sujatha.
Like when the robot talks the first time it says
"Hello World". When it robot introduces
itself it says "Speed 1 Terrahertz, memory
1 Zettabyte". These are classics. Same to say
when scientist Rajni introduces the robot in a conference.
Questions asked by the scholars like fibonacci number,
prime number and nattukurunji raga have the masterpiece
of Sujatha which no other writer in Indian industry
would have thought of. Sujatha being an engineer
himself and also dialogue writer could have come
up with these dialogues. Think about the scene where
robot tells the doctor about the primitive child
delivery method. That is the genius in Sujatha which
made the scene better.
The last 10 minutes where the robot dismantles itself
is similar to "En Iniya Iyindra" series
by Sujatha. The dialogues are top notch particularly
when robot tells; "Kadhalicha robotkuda nut
kaididum" gets the claps from the audience.
The credit of making the movie look realistic is
because of Sujatha's dialogues. This movie would
have just been a fiction and not science fiction
without Sujatha "DOT".
2.Animatronics and Special effects:
This movie works great for its super special effects.
Stan Wilson Studios and Industrial Light and Magic
LA based Animatronics and visual effects have made
the computer graphics work look real. But all with
money and great studios cannot create a great effect.
It needs a lot of visualization from the direction
and cinematographer to do this. Shankar has a great
visualization skills which we could see in almost
all of his movie songs where comes up with great
"Athiradi karan" from Sivaji, "Boom
Boom" from Boys, "Mudhalvane" in
Mudhalvan are amazing piece of gelling graphics
with cinema frame.
Shankar has already said that he used a 2D technique
called "Previz" where they made how the
scene needs to look and based on the 2D visuals
the special effects were created by the LA studios.
This is the amount of preproduction work required
and visualization required by Shankar and Ratnavelu.
This movie had 1500 shots that required CG and special
effects. Think the amount of preplanning required.
"Arima Arima" with 100 Rajni was taken
so perfectly that CG was not seen much.
Scenes in the movie like the fight scene on train,
last 30 minutes of robot forming various forms and
combination scene with Rajni and Aishwarya looked
real. Planning and execution was perfect except
for the fire accident scene where graphics seems
to be a let down.
3.Using the stars:
Rajni is an underrated actor who started his career
with strong movies but trade pushed him the superstardom
and tried to utilize his super skills for their
film's success. Starpower of Rajni always took over
the silent actor in him. His style was more utilized
than his acting. He has donned villain role and
character artist roles in early time of his career.
Shankar had rightly tapped the actor in Rajni by
giving 3 different roles in the same movie by feeding
Rajni the star what he wanted to do for long time.
Vasigaran the scientist was best role of Rajni as
he had to take pains to act without punch dialogues.
Chitti 2.0 with the "hmmmmay...hmmmay"
black sheep dialogue woke up the villian in Rajni.
Chitti the good robot was the pick of the lot which
was similar to Indhran in Thillu mullu without mouthstache
and had comic relief.
Shankar who always played with strength of the star
has underplayed the main hero and succeeded.
Aishwarya Rai is rightly said one who can even make
robot fall in love. She is an eternal beauty and
knows her limited acting skills and she performs.
She has really danced well in this movie.
All the technicians have played a major role in
this film and put each of their best. Rahman the
Mozart of Madras rocks with "Kilimanjaro"
and "Arima Arima" has given a new kind
of music to Tamil audience. Other songs are nice
and background rocked in last 30 minutes. Chitti
2.0 theme music was catchy. Vairamuthu was classic
in "Pudhiya Manidha". Madan Karky's "Irumble"
and "Boom Boom Robo da" has caught the
Sabu Cyril the art director has taken pain in creating
the Vasigaran's lab and AIRD which are the highlights.
Even in songs "Irumbele oru Idhayam" was
standing high in art department.
Stunt man "Peter Hein" and Yuen of US
fame has done their best. Rajni's double in the
train fight sequence was extraordinary. Last fight
scene on Kathipara flyover was perfect with cars
falling and jumping.
Resul Pookutty the sound designer has captured the
mood in every scene.
Cheorography by Raju Sundaram, Prabhu Deva and Remo
was cool. Rajni's double in chitti dance show was
wonderful where chitti dances with Aishwarya.
Photography is already discussed and was the best
ever in recent times.
Editor Anthony has again showed his best skills
in complete editing.
Makeup by Bhanu was wonderful in showing superstar
in 3 avatars. Chitti 2.0 was the best.
Costumes by Mary Vogt was wonderful.
Overall departments had given their best.
At last, wanted to end that it was the clear vision
of Shankar what he wanted in screen and lovely dialogues
of Sujatha that makes the film a magnum opus. True
to their vision the movie rocked the entire country.
Hope Shankar keeps delivering great movie like this
but one person's experience which Shankar will miss
is late Sujatha who was lifeline for most of his
"Get ready folks" to see more Endhiran's
in future this is a strong message Endhiran promises
to Indian cinema.
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