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By Taran Adarsh, October 1, 2010 – 10:12 IST
One, it’s difficult to conceptualize and execute a film like ROBOT.
Two, when Rajnikant’s name comes in the credits, one cannot hear anything for the next two minutes. His name is greeted with a thunderous applause, whistles yells and cheers. Such is the charisma of this superstar. Rajnikant is the Boss. The real Badshaah.
ROBOT, directed by Shankar, is a Rajnikant Express that transports you to a world you can’t envision. Rajnikant’s feats are legendary by now. In ROBOT, he goes a step further. The Robot in ROBOT not only follows orders of his creator, but also cooks, fights, romances and wonder of wonders, has a lengthy conversation with a mosquito and scan loads of books/magazines and an entire telephone directory in a second. Yes, you read it right!
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That’s not all, this Robot is Superman + Spiderman + Terminator + Godzilla, all rolled into one. There’s more to this Robot. It can replicate itself, wage a vicious battle, turn into an Anaconda or a monster ball and wipe off an entire army. Whew! Known for larger than life canvas, ROBOT is Shankar’s most expensive and if I may say so, his most imaginative film thus far. And who better than Rajnikant for the pivotal role!
Final word? A Rajnikant film is an event and this combo’s [Shankar - Rajnikant] new outing ROBOT is sure to strike like Tsunami. Let me make it short-n-sweet. If you miss ROBOT, it’s YOUR loss!
Location: Chennai 2010. Mission: Creating a robot Chitti. Purpose: To help the society. Development time: 10 years. Special Features: A human who is not born, but is created. He can dance, sing, fight, is water and fire resistant. He can do all that a human can and more. He feeds on electricity. He takes instructions literally. Where a human can lie to save himself, this robot cannot lie.
Where he has a razor sharp memory and can memorize an entire telephone directory by just running through the pages, he cannot understand human emotions. Dr. Vasi upgrades Chitti’s processor and simulates human emotions without realizing the repercussions. Chitti gets transformed. He can now feel and the first feeling that he discovers is Love. Will this love come in the way of Dr. Vasi’s purpose of creating Chitti? Will Dr. Vasi’s own creation destroy him?
A title like ROBOT automatically puts tremendous responsibility and pressure on the director’s shoulders. And ROBOT is not merely a display of VFX, but it also has soul, a story to tell. At first, ROBOT comes across as a clash between the virtuous [Rajnikant] and wicked [Danny Denzongpa]. But ROBOT changes gears in its post-interval portions as the focus shifts to the creator [Rajnikant] and his creation [Rajnikant].
It’s a Rajnikant film and it would be incomplete if his loyal fans don’t get to watch his stylish actions and feats. Thankfully, ROBOT showcases it all. He can glide on the railway tracks, run horizontally on a moving train, transform into an Anaconda, can swallow helicopters and even fire at people with his fingers, without using a pistol. These are truly clap-trap moments!
Even otherwise, the screenplay is really well penned and absorbing. While the film is a super ride from start to end, it’s the penultimate 25 minutes that leaves you awe-struck and speechless. You can’t imagine a Hindi film having such an out of the world climax. There will be pandemonium inside theatres when the climax unfolds, I am sure. Let me confess, it’s the mother of all climaxes!
Only thing, Shankar could’ve controlled the length of the film. It could’ve been shorter by at least 10 to 15 minutes, which includes doing away with a song or two. Of course, like all Shankar movies, the songs are filmed most imaginatively on exotic locales, but what’s the point of having songs if they act as speed breakers?
That Shankar ranks amongst India’s best directors is well known by now and ROBOT only cements the fact. His vision and execution of the difficult subject deserves the highest praise, in fact distinction marks. He not only dreams big, but the outcome is incredible too. A.R. Rahman’s music doesn’t compliment the content of the film, but like I pointed out earlier, every song has been filmed exquisitely. The action and chase sequences are outstanding [Yuen Woo Ping, action choreographer in the MATRIX and KILL BILL sequels, was the stunt coordinator]. Visual effects are spectacular [Stan Winston Studio, the studio behind JURASSIC PARK, PREDATOR, TERMINATOR, IRON MAN, AVATAR, provided the animatronics technology]. Cinematography captures the grand production values with precision. The locations of Austria, Machu Picchu in Peru, U.S.A. and Brazil only enhance the visual appeal of the film. The sets are mind-blowing. Dubbing is near-perfect.
ROBOT is a Rajnikant show from start to end. And no other actor, not from Bollywood at least, would be able to do what he does with such amazing ease. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks stunning and acts most convincingly. Danny Denzongpa is efficient, as always. The remaining actors enact their parts well.
On the whole, ROBOT is a crowd-pleasing and hugely mass appealing tale of android revolution with a thrilling plot, rich and imaginative screenplay, super action, astounding effects and most importantly, Rajnikant, who is the soul of the film. It’s the Big Daddy of all entertainers. Miss it at your own risk!
Another famous cricketer-film actress relationship goes for a toss
Confirming the break-up, a friend of Geeta’s says, “Harbhajan called off the relationship. He is now going around telling friends that he is looking for a new girlfriend.”
However, we hear, they still talk to each other. “There is no animosity at all. It’s just that they are no more a couple. They began to have differences, shortly after the IPL. The incompatibility levels amassed to irreconcilable proportions. Things spiralled out of hand.”
Geeta is feeling low but putting up a brave front. After all, she was very attached to Harbhajan, supporting him and cheering for him lustily on the ground in the many matches he played. “She really wanted this relationship to work. A lot of her friends in the industry want to ask her why this happened, and so suddenly. However, it would be very mean to ask her so soon.”
Standing up for Geeta, her friend adds, “She will now concentrate on her career. She has been getting a lot of offers for films. She should have realized that most relationships in the glamour world fail.”
When contacted, Geeta simply said, “No comments.”
Oh, it’s a Duck!
Romances between movie stars and cricketers usually amount to zilch
• Imran Khan-Zeenat Aman
• Ravi Shastri-Amrita Singh
• Sir Vivian Richards-Neena Gupta
• Saurav Ganguly-Nagma
• Mohsin Khan-Reena Roy
• Zaheer Khan-Isha Sharvani
• Yuvraj Singh-Deepika Padukone
• Yuvraj Singh-Kim Sharma
• Shoaib Malik-Sayali Bhagat
• Usman Afzal-Amrita Arora
Shreya Bhandary | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; April 22, 2010)
Mumbai: If you thought James Cameron’s Avatar in 3D was the only thing that attracted Mumbaikars, think again. With close to 30 theatres all over the city screening the semi-finals and finals in 3D, audiences were seen swarming to their nearest theatre to book their seats. “With so much security threat at the stadium, this is a good way out and it is pretty close to watching the match live,’’ said Khozem Mirza, who was present at the Metro Cinema with his wife and son to watch the first semi-final match.
With two screens booked for IPL matches, one in 3D and another in 2D, the public there didn’t mind shelling out Rs 1,000 for each seat. In fact, the theatre resembled a stadium with people walking in with signs of 4s and 6s. “This place is nicely air-conditioned and also safe. Plus, I get to see the same match on a bigger screen and cheer just as loudly as I would at the stadium,’’ said Ayush Agarwal (15) who was at the theatre with his classmate Jatin Jamble (15) to support his team. “We’ll try our best to cheer as loudly as we can and support our players,’’ he added. Believe it or not, the added feature for the public here was the free booze during intervals.
Amidst hundreds of supporters cheering for Mumbai Indians, one voice that stood apart was that of 11-year-old Aakansh Kothari who was there to support Royal Challengers Bangalore. Here on a visit to his grandmother’s house, Kothari was at the theatre with his sister and uncle’s family. “I stay at Tardeo and D Y Patil stadium is far away from there. This place is near by and I am having as much fun,’’ he said. There was also a big enough crowd present to witness the match live in 2D at the same place. “I’d rather watch the match in a place where I know I won’t sweat and will get to watch the match on a massive screen,’’ said businessman Kaushal Trivedi.
“This is the first time in India that the 3D format is being used in terms of a live sports event. At almost all theatres, seats have been booked in advance for the rest of the matches too and that just shows how much the audience is liking it,’’ said Charu Satam, spokesperson for UFO
Moviez who have organised the 3D version of the movie.
Amid hundreds of policemen and thousands of cricket enthusiasts outside Nerul’s Dr D Y Patil Sports Stadium were some people who looked hassled as they were not able to enter the stadium despite having proper tickets. “I had booked e-tickets for the match, but had to wait for hours in the heat at the stadium counter to get the tickets in return for the printout. I have decided to go home,’’ said Pramod Dabke.
They’ve been an item for some time now, and cricketer Harbhajan Singh seems ready to take his relationship with actress Geeta Basra to the next level. A few days ago, Harbhajan even took Geeta home to meet his parents.
Geeta had been invited by the cricketer to attend a very private family function – his sister Sandeep Kaur’s wedding in Jalandhar – and the way she was welcomed by the family indicates she may become a part of it in the near future.
“Friends of both Harbhajan and Geeta have been nudging them to formalise their relationship. When Geeta was invited to attend the wedding in Jalandhar on February 20, it was very much a meet-the-parents kind of trip,” says a source.
Geeta also did not deny that she had met Harbhajan’s parents. “Yes, I did interact with them in Jalandhar, but it’s not like it was just me and them. Several other guests were also present then,” she said.
Last week, when Harbhajan was playing for Mumbai Indians against the Rajasthan Royals at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, Geeta was seen cheering wildly for him and rooting for his team. “Mukeshji and Nitaji (Ambani, who own the Mumbai Indians team) had invited me. So what if I was cheering for Mumbai Indians? Am I not from Mumbai?” said Geeta.
But ask her if some major announcement regarding her relationship with Harbhajan is around the corner and she counters, “Harbhajan is a very good friend of mine. But right now, I’m completely focused on my career.”
Hockey, being the much neglected national game, can do with all the support it can muster – so it was great news when cricketer Virender Sehwag decided to promote the Hockey World Cup, encouraging people to watch it. Now some present and former hockey stars are doing their own bit to help save the game.
On Saturday, a delegation first met up with the Bachchan family, followed by a meeting with Dharmendra, to solicit their support for the game.
|(From left to right) Deepak Thakur, Dharmendra and Prabhjot Singh|
Dharmendra reciprocated heartily, agreeing to render not just his own support to the team, but also of both his sons, Sunny and Bobby. A source present during the meeting says, “Five Indian hockey players including Vikram Pillay, captain Rajpal Singh, Prabhjot Singh, Deepak Thakur and Arjun Halapa, with former player Hardeep Singh Sandhu, who is actively trying to raise fund for the players met Dharamji. He assured them that he would be present personally to cheer for them during the upcoming World Cup.”
In the spirit of fun and cheer, Ashwini Dhir wrapped up 2010’s heartwarming, slice-of-life flick Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? in a 45-day schedule in and around Mumbai. Ashwini believes whatever the season, comedies are always welcome.
Starring Ajay Devgn, Konkona SenSharma and Paresh Rawal, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? is a light-hearted film based on a couple (Ajay and Konkona) who end up with an unexpected ‘atithi’ (Paresh Rawal) at their home.
On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur visited his maternal uncle Dev Anand after eight years; regrets not being in touch with him
On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur decided to pay his mother Sheel Kanta Kapur’s brother, Dev Anand, a visit after eight years. Shekhar says, “It was a time of great reflection for me. As I looked back I suddenly realised I hadn’t met this amazing man for almost eight years. I told myself it’s time to learn a little bit about life from Dev Saab. He’s a karmyogi, completely fearless. I admire myself for being completely fearless. But I think he is even more fearless than I am.
Having met Dev Saab after so long, Shekhar now regrets not being in touch with him. Shekhar confesses, “I didn’t even meet him after Goldie (Vijay Anand) Saab’s death, my fault. I was constantly travelling in recent years. I needed to reconnect with this amazing man who has gone through so many ups and downs in his life and yet continues to be tireless in his enthusiasm for filmmaking. Wherever he goes, he’s cheered and applauded. Maybe people don’t like to see his films any more, but the love for the man simply grows wherever he goes.”
Shekhar says he loves challenges just like Dev Saab, “Tell me something can’t be done and I’ll do it. Ever since I was a kid I’d swim into the deep ocean. I’d ride the motorcycle the wrong way to see if death can get me. Don’t turn to me or Dev Saab and say something is impossible. They told me it was impossible for an accountant to be a director. I proved them wrong.”
Shekhar has come away from his meeting with Dev Saab determined to correct the fact that he isn’t a prolific director yet. He tells us about his keen interest in New Media, “I know I haven’t made that many movies. Look at Dev Saab’s output. But the fact is, after directing The Golden Age (the sequel to Elizabeth ) I became keenly interested in New Media. Two guys in a garage got together and conceived You Tube. That made the way we access the world completely different. I started learning and lecturing on New Media because I thought sharing information and not harping on copyrights was the new mantra.”
Shekhar says he will now make films in a row. He informs us,”Why can’t a film be like a symphony? Why are we stuck on telling stories? Nobody looks at a painting and asks what the story is. I want to make films that make suggestions and create an emotional connect with the audience.”
|Shekhar Kapur||Dev Anand|