We don’t know which point in time has
to be called the beginning of the Endhiran
journey. Some might suggest that the genesis
of the idea was in the mind of writer Sujatha
who put it down in the form of one of Tamil
literature’s first sci-fi works. This
has to be considered the origin of Endhiran.
That would take us a long way back. But, even
looking at it from a purely cinema perspective
would take almost a decade back in time. Many
years have passed since we first heard about
the possibility of Endhiran (then Robot) becoming
a movie. It was first announced in 2001 after
Shankar had made his first direct Hindi film,
Nayak, the remake of Mudhalvan. Robot was
then set to star Kamal Haasan and Preity Zinta
in lead roles. But, one guesses that Indian
cinema was not yet ready to carry off such
an ambitious project at that point of time.
So, Robot was shelved (forever, some thought)
and Shankar moved on to Boys.