ENDHIRAN – A SCIENTIFIC LYRICAL EXPERIENCE!

Endhiran
Puthiya Manidha - Vairamuthu
This song is a full-length description of what the Robot is and what it is expected to be. One can say that all of Asimov’s laws have been enumerated in Tamil for the Endhiran to follow.

Listening to the song line-by-line will give you an idea about the Robot in Endhiran. The most interesting part is the first line which refers to the robot as ‘Puthiya Manidha’. Never before, except in the movie Bicentennial Man, has a robot been referred to as human. So, is the Kaviperarasu trying to blur lines here?

Ezham arivai ezhuppum muyarchi

Now, we have no idea what ezham arivu means, especially for a robot. Is there an attempt to refer to ‘artificial intelligence’?

Enthiran Veezhvathillai
karuvil pirantha ella marikum
arivil piranthu
maripathe illai
idho
en endhiran
ivan amaran

All these lines want to convey the one big message – the Endhiran is immortal.

1. Aan petravan aan magane

2. Robo robo panmozhikal katralum
en thanthai mozhi
tamizh allavaa!


The two pieces from the song appear at different portions. But, the first one probably explains the second. There has been considerable interest generated over the use of the term ‘Thanthai mozhi’. Well, we believe the term has been used because technically speaking, Endhiran does not have a ‘thaai’ and so cannot have a ‘thaimozhi’ too. He was brought to earth by a man and is consequently referred to as ‘aan magan’.
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