Kanden Enthiranai :) After almost a month since its been released, atlast managed to see the movie. The most awaited movie of the year become the most waited movie for me :) still no regrets. Had i seen it riding the hype wave, maybe i might have felt euphoric (another way of getting over the "iam-conned-lemme-grin-and-bear-it" feeling). Anyways, for the uninitiated (still biding their time to watch it) its not your typical Rajini movie. At the same time, to say that, had any one else, other than the big man, had donned the role, it wouldnt have been as effective, would be the understatement of the decade. I dont remember if Rajini had done a triple role before. Quite a few double acts for sure. But in this one, he really does manages to pull it off with elan. Each role, interstingly, well distinguished from other. Probably, that shows the amount of time Shankar must've had in shaping up the characters. He claims, he had this in cans for almost a decade now. And the effort shows in some places, like the robot while running horizontally stamps on the mouth of a guy who tries to spit from train and the scene where it slashes the corrupt traffic police's hand, which has the typical Shankar stamp on it.
Though i would still proclaim it as a Sujatha movie. The masters stamp is splashed all over it. I am more than reminded of the "Juno" character, created by Sujatha, by Chitti 1.0. Especially the last scene where it/he says "Naan oru joke sollatta" :) Sila dialogslaam Nachunu iruku. Like "Lovenu vanthuta Robotkum nut kazhandirum" and "Enna nakkala?..Illa Nickel. Boltlaam Nickella senjathu". I was literally laughing out loud for the second one. That exam scene where the robo helps aishu to bittu adichify, her reaction on getting caught and the robot's faithfullness in the following scene...to me thats the best scene in the movie :) Loved it. Period or should i say "dot". On the climax portion, touted as India's answer to Hollywood..well..the lesser said the better. Avlo onnum
impressivea ila. Infact, the graphics scores in many other scenes in the movie rather than the climax. Chitti 2.0 character allows Rajini to re visit his bad ass days and man!! he rocks. The body language and facial expression change menacingly. So different from chitti 1.0. Music looks good and sounds less so. Aish, though she comes throughout the movie, hardly registers her presence except for the 2 kissing scenes. Though in that mosquito bite scene, its again Rajini who steals the thunder.
This movie is a typical scifi masala movie. Infact, if scifi movies have to run
successfully, atleast the indian made ones, this movie would be a reference point on
managing the right mix. Shankar, though some touts him as the "James cameron" of India, manages to match him in budget and showmanship. A little bit of Speilberg-ness on the content side will help too :)