As a lead up to the impending extravaganza,
the trailer of the Rajinikanth starrer magnum
opus Endhiran was released on September 11,
2010 all over Tamil Nadu. For the first time,
probably in the history of Tamil cinema, the
trailer release event was held with much fanfare
and witnessed wild frenzy of the superstar’s
fans across the state.
Satyam Cinemas played host to the trailer
release event that was held in Chennai. The
trailer was released by Rajini in the presence
of producer and Sun Network’s Kalanidhi Maran.
Suffice to say the event was star-studded
and Tamil cinema, in its entirety, gathered
at Satyam to cheer for the Endhiran team and
the superstar himself on the feat. In other
parts of Tamil Nadu, hundreds of Rajini fans
made sure the event is given its due credit
by bursting crackers and bringing the CD of
the trailer in procession.
The Chennai event was peppered with arousing
speeches by the who’s who of the Tamil film
industry including Rajini himself, Vairamuthu,
Shankar, K S Ravikumar, Lawrence, Baghyaraj,
Cheran, Vijayakumar, Arya, Sarathkumar, Abhirami
Ramanathan, Vivek, Parthiban and V C Guhanathan,
apart from the invitees that ran into hundreds
Rajini on Endhiran
“You will see many such interviews and speeches
on the movie in the days to come. So I’ll
keep this really short,” Rajini started off
with his brief speech. While recalling Kalanidhi
Maran’s unrelenting cooperation for the movie,
Rajini mentioned that Mr. Maran is a very
good planner. “Maran realized Shankar’s dream,
without which the movie would not have been
possible,” he said.
He also reminisced his initial skepticism
in starring in a scientist’s role when the
story was narrated to him by Shankar. Rajini
said he asked Shankar that he has been doing
only the roles of blue collared people like
auto drivers and laborers. “I have been a
conductor. I will only fit in those roles.
I have my doubts about playing a scientist.
But Shankar plainly asked me to visit the
sets. I did obligingly. And the rest is for
all to see,” Rajini admitted that he is impressed
with Shankar’s talents.
He also mentioned about his doubts on performing
the role of a robot. “Shankar did all the
homework for me and if you think I’m a pretty
good robot in the movie, only Shankar is responsible
for it,” he added. As an ending note, Rajini
said that he would only act in movies that
make the Tamils proud.
Shankar on the highlights of Endhiran
In his speech, Shankar revealed the highlights
of his million dollar baby. He detailed the
interesting events behind the making of the
movie. He stated that; while the trailer underlined
the significant highlights of the movie, the
movie itself will have hundreds of such scenes.
“Rahman has scored three types of music for
Endhiran, namely Symphony, Electronics and
Indian Style,” Shankar said.
“While Oscar winner Pookkutty’s sound engineering
will be poetic, cinematographer Rathnavelu
made sure he brought out the handsome Rajini
in every frame. The two robots in the movie
are art director Sabu Cyril’s creations. To
add to this, there is an electronic mosquito
in the movie, called Ranguski. Late writer
Sujatha came up with the name, incidentally
that’s his childhood nick name among his friends”,
He also praised the efforts of lyricist Pa.
Vijay, Editor Anthony, Karunas and Santhanam.
Shankar revealed that while Rajini played
both the characters of the scientist and the
robot there is another suspense character
in the movie that will appear in the last
45 minutes of the movie.
Lyricist Vairamuthu, in his statement, mentioned
that Endhiran should be dubbed in English.
“Endhiran deserves to be dubbed in English,
while we have movies like Avatar, Gladiator
and Titanic dubbed in Tamil,” he wished.
Mr. Maran declared that Rajini has already
become an all India superstar what with the
impending release of Endhiran on the cards.
He revealed that the trailer was already shown
to the Chief Minister who was awed by it.
Snippets of other speeches
K. S. Ravikumar said that he’s eager to watch
the movie when it’s released before declaring
that Rajini will even sing duets at the age
of 80 since he’s ageless. Bhagyaraj, in his
speech, reflected the sentiments of Vairamuthu
and said that folks at Sun Pictures have proved
that a movie which the entire world is expecting
could be produced in Tamil too. Sharath wished
that Mr. Maran would go to Hollywood to produce
movies and would also get an Oscar. Vivek
averred that he’s one of those people who
want to watch the movie on the first day of
The event was also attended by Latha Rajinikanth,
Soundarya, Ashwin, Aishwarya Dhanush, Sundar
C, Karan, Arun Vijay, Sibiraj, Jai, Shaam,
Nakul, Dushyanth, Krishna, Dharani, Lingusamy,
Kicha, producers Sathyajothi Thyagarajan,
Kaja Mohideen, Editor Mohan, Amma Creations
Shiva, Ayyappan, Sivashiri Srinivasan, K Muralidharan,
Murali Narayanan and editor Anthony.