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If Enthiran director S.Shankar had an iota of shame or self-respect, he’d place his head on the rail-road track at the Egmore station and let the Tambaram local train roll over it.

That’s the only way to ensure that incompetent dickheads like Shankar never raise their ‘head’ to unleash monstrosities like Enthiran on the hapless public ever again.

Folks, it boggles the mind that this billionaire producer Kalanidhi Moron of Sun Pictures entrusted Rs 150-crore or wateva-hundred crore to this imbecile Shankar for the movie that had the crew gallivanting to South America, North America, Asia and God knows where else.

Shows that in Tamil Nadu you can be a billionaire and still be soft in the head. ;)

Orgy of Stupidity
There are far too many problems with this piece of shit Enthiran making it a ceaseless affront to viewers.

First, the story is not remotely engrossing. Remember, the same mis-directing bozo Shankar is also the irresponsible fella behind the story and screenplay.

Second, there’s little chemistry between the lead stars Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai, far less in fact than between Rajnikanth and Shriya Saran in Sivaji.

Third, neither Rajnikanth nor Aishwarya Rai, particularly the latter, deliver the acting goods.

Then, there’s the gratuitous, self-defecating comedy angle featuring Santhanam and Karunas. To earn their pay check, the duo agree to get kicked and slippered by the robot and teach it trash-talk.

All drivel all the time, if you ask us.

Finally, the music and picturization are both mediocre despite outings to locales such as Machu Picchu and provide little cheer.

Tis’ no exaggeration to say that a troupe of monkeys would provide better entertainment than the entire Enthiran menagerie.

Asinine, Half-Baked Story
The story, presumably well known by now, is simplistic and amateurish. Scientist Vaseegaran (a bearded, bespectacled Rajnikanth) creates a robot Chitti, which weirdly enough resembles him. Although ostensibly meant for the Indian Army, the robot in real life is busy rescuing naked girls from burning buildings, helping a medical student Sana (Aishwarya Rai) cheat in her exams, cooking omelets and protecting pretty girls in local trains from goons.

Since, Chitti, the robot, is found socially inadequate (it’s not smart enough to put a cloth on a nude, bathing girl before rescuing her from a horrific fire), Vaseegaran endows it with human emotions, which makes a bad situation worse. You see, the robot too falls in love with the pretty belle, a situation exploited by a rival scientist Bora (Danny Denzongpa of Bollywood), who is itching to make money by peddling the robot to terrorists. Tragically for the paying audience, each of the various angles (romance, the scientific, criminal, comic et al) is half-baked and comes across as bizarrely silly.

If Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan really slammed the script as half-baked (when Shankar approached him to play the lead role), he’s one smart dude. Really!

Rajnikanth – Ho-Hum
No, Rajnikanth didn’t send our pulse racing nor make our hair stand on end.

Even if his character can deliver a baby of a critically-ill Kargil soldier’s widow, memorize heavy tomes at a mere glance, nab offending mosquitoes that sting his beloved or transmit answers to his inamorata’s medical school exams from a distance.

It’s sad the sexagenarian grandpa gave the okay to this accursed script, presumably for the sake of a few silver coins.

Not for nothing did we, a la the soothsayer in Julius Caesar, yell the Judas warning at Rajnikanth fans a couple of years back.

Aishwarya – Horrid, Horrid
To describe Aishwarya Rai’s performance in Enthiran as merely bad would be to subject ourselves to endless ridicule. Because the twit’s performance was insufferably horrid.

Absolutely clueless in acting and hopelessly graceless in dancing, Aishwarya Rai’s sole claim to fame is her face, and mercifully, since it’s starting to show signs of aging we won’t have to put up with this Shani of an actress for long.

To see her on the screen, padded tits, affected mannerisms and all, is a most off-putting sight and a trial we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy.

We’re having a hard time figuring who’s the worst actor – this aging twit or her husband Abhishek Bachchan. Her mother-in-law Jaya Bachchan is the only one in her family to spell the acting word right.

Special Effects – No Big Deal
And to those who have the temerity to tell us that the special effects are mind-blowing, we say come blow us, you schmucks. :(

The effects are alright, particularly toward the end but still no big deal.

No big deal.

Simply because we’ve seen better in a gazillion Hollywood films including in I Robot, Terminator, Transformers. All three by the way inspiring parts of this Enthiran junk.

By the way, the fight in the train lasted far too long and turned out to be far too mediocre.

Audience Unenthused
At a theater on the U.S. East Coast, the audience didn’t seem too pleased.

We don’t blame them. After all they’d forked out $30, braved the bad weather (heavy showers here this evening) and, natürlich, expected to see a miracle.

Except for the customary howls and whistles at the beginning, the people in the movie-hall were mostly subdued. Occasionally, we could even hear chit-chat coming from the middle section.

Say No to Enthiran
Guys, if you value your money, if you value your time and if you value art and entertainment in movies, do not even consider watching this fart of a movie a.k.a. Enthiran.

You don’t even have to look too far beyond the patina of the computer-generated graphics to realize this is one helluva stinker.

We put our head under the guillotine and squandered $30 on this junk so that you wouldn’t have to endure agony.

Now, slowly open your middle finger and raise it as high as possible to this apotheosis of trash a.k.a. Enthiran.


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  43 Responses to “Enthiran Review – Orgy of Stupidity”

  1. Hi SI,

    Thank you for opening the comment section in Endhiran. Don’t worry about the idiotic fanboys. Let them scream and shout. They are all mindless barbarians. I completely agree with you. Endhiran is completely piece of shit. I was totally traumatized after watching this piece of crap. Damn! to hell with Shankar. Shankar is worst idiotic dumbass director who shamelessly copy other works and claim it as his own. What a pathetic dickhead?

  2. Hey old as a fossil,

    You are a bloody idiot fan boy i have ever seen. I appreciate SI for their honesty in writing reviews. You dickheads fan boys never allow anyone to honest review because you barbarians go and kill the reviewers those who write honest review of Rajni movies. I am very glad that SI wrote an very honest review about shit movie Endhiran.

    Shankar is best director????? hey assho*e, do you know the meaning of direction? you pathetic dickhead, shankar is indeed worst director who brings shame to India. He is a dumb ass copycat of Indian film industry.

    Story is excellent????? what the hell are you writing? Story is completely awful. I was about to vomit over another dickhead in theater who applaud each and every scene.

    I really don’t know what makes people to say Indians are brainy people. To me, they are brainless barbarians who do not know shit about art of film making.

    • @FilmLover
      And you know the Art of Flim making :-).
      I hope you have a Camera with you. World is already there for you to film. Try and Change the dick head, shitty,
      stupid indian masses.
      Hey! first of all get atleast 50 people to watch your masterpiece, till then what you say is similar to a Hotel waiter
      suggesting to Sunil Gavaskar how he could have played that ball.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Ha ha, we like the Hotel Waiter bit. ;)

      • Hi Twig,

        Thanks for your suggestion. I have great desire to become director and change the path of cinema. I will not make love stories instead a straight forward tamil cinema of my own. But people will not welcome it. However, i should not care about it. I have to make sincere effort to convince the people that this is how a cinema should be made.

        You know, i am not Cobb who can enter into other dreams and perform inception. Of course, nobody can. Maybe, in fantasy world. But in reality, its just not possible to change the dick heads, shitty, stupid Indian masses including you. :)

        Secondly, its pity that even Hotel Waiter has some knowledge about cricket where he could give suggestion to Master batsman like Sunil Gavaskar how to play good cricket. I really feel pity for not only Indian Cinema but also Indian cricket team.

        I thank you sharing your knowledge about pathetic indian dumbass audiences and personalities.

        • @FilmLover

          Cool down, my boy! cool down. I’m waiting for your movie. Let me see what you can do. ;)

          “Secondly, its pity that even Hotel Waiter has some knowledge about cricket where he could give suggestion to Master batsman like Sunil Gavaskar how to play good cricket. I really feel pity for not only Indian Cinema but also Indian cricket team.”

          — but I certainly know whom to pity, for sure. :) .
          Most of the people like to give suggestions to those players who are actually in the field and performing, but won’t
          become a player – one of the tragedies (yes, it’s a human tragedy) of our existence.

          “I thank you sharing your knowledge about pathetic indian dumbass audiences and personalities”

          — When did I share the Knowledge? or your sentence some form of Sarcasm?
          or you asking me STFU? but it’s a very old way of stopping the conversation.

        • @FilmLover.

          If indeed you are going to become one and create master pieces to change the path of Indian cinema,
          it’s more than welcome.

          And I hope you must have already realized that creating an original cinema is a lot better and difficult than getting
          inspired from latin american or Iraninan or eastern euopean ones. I mean I have come across so many ‘aspired to become’ film makers who do nothing but loath about the state of Indian cinema after watching World cinema.
          They think they are awesomely intelligent guys regarding cinema but know shit about how movie market works in India. That’s a bit sad.

          Shankar, I say is more influential than that Mani ratnam because he understands the movie industry well.
          May be for your supposed intelligence, his movies might suck but what about the movies he is producing?.
          Go through the list. Very well rooted.

          Regarding Enthiran, I understand your frustrations. You got frustrated because you are exposed to International
          movies and may be you are highly educated to find the flaws in the Humanoid design and question the possibility
          of the Chitti, considering the stagnant state of AI in the present, but the people who are living in the villages
          — many of them, who actually come to watch the movies, rather than download illegally from torrents —
          have experienced a new kind of cinema they have never watched before.
          I have seen many people who started asking about robots and stuff, including my mother who has never watched
          an english movie till date.

          Just through the trailer of Enthiran, I could state the number of movies, it got ‘inspired’ from. But that doesn’t matter,
          considering how ‘path breaking’ movie it is. Why path breaking? Let me explain.

          1) When the people of India are dick heads, you don’t go and make exceptional Sci-Fi movies like
          “Donnie Darko”, or a surrealistic “The Holy Mountain” or thematic “The Three Colours” etc.
          Blame state of Literacy and Education (both via school, via society (through Folk) and via Literature).
          You simply make simple movies so that the people SPEND MONEY to watch a movie.

          2) Considering that Sci-Fi genre was almost non existent in India ( Kali Arasi, Aditya 369, come to my mind) – you
          need a very simplistic movie to initiate the people of India (esp. Tamil nadu and AP) in to that genre.
          Enthiran was very simple in it’s script. (Like Hollowood sci-fi movies before 2001: A Space Odyssey)
          And it was rooted in present day Chennai. All the episodes it dealt with are overly dramatized to make an impact.
          ( Ex: the delivery scene and fire scene). That worked very well to say the least.

          This will definitely pay way for developing complex sci fi movies sans computer gimmiks and graphics in india
          and which would also earn profits for the distributors.

          3) Rajnikanth is a Hero is the most interesting aspect of the movie. Had not been him, the theatres would have
          been empty. It’s Shankar’s thought that a Sci-Fi movie should be made with a ‘Mass Hero’ to get back the money
          spent. Had Naseeruddin Shah or Manoj Bajpai been the main actor, the producers would have committed
          suicides due to the losses the movie it will bear.

          4) Enthiran is for Entertainment for the people of TN and AP. And nothing else. It has loopholes and flaws in it’s
          script (just like Anniyan) but that doesn’t matter.
          It was not made to prove a point or artistically question the break down of Asimov’s laws in the dystopian future
          where machines take over men.

          And the most importantly, people from small towns and villages felt happy after watching the movie. Only frustrated
          guys (for some reason) blame the movie showing off thier ‘intelligence’.

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          Cogently argued points.

          • @Twig,
            While your point is valid that the benefits of Enthiran exposing the Indian movie audience to the Sci-fi genre far outweighs the flaws of the film. You are missing SI’s and Filmlover’s overarching point that when compared to similar movies of its genres produced at similar budgets this is really a shoddy job.
            Using Rajnikanth as the highlight is ridiculous. You could make a movie about Rajnikanth reading names and addresses of a telephone directory and still have fans watching it.
            On one hand you argue that Shankar wanted to spoon feed the audiences sci-fi and then on the other hand you contradict yourself saying Enthiran is for Entertainment for the people of TN and AP. And nothing else. It has loopholes and flaws in it’s script (just like Anniyan) but that doesn’t matter.
            If you buy an article say a shirt for Rs. 500 and find out that the buttons are missing, the collar is wrongly stitched would you not ask the shop owner for a refund? Or you order a costly meal at a restaurant and find out its filled with low quality ingredients, would you keep quiet and say “it doesn’t matter”.
            Unfortunately with movies you don’t have the option of asking for a refund and hence sites like SI have stepped in to be a watchdog to warn people of what they are getting into, but it does not seem to stop gluttons for punishment.

          • Hi Twig,

            Thank you very much for your politeness.

            “If indeed you are going to become one and create master pieces to change the path of Indian cinema,
            it’s more than welcome.”

            I have a dream but i don’t know whether i can fulfill that. Anyhow, thank you for your encouragement.

            You say “Shankar, I say is more influential than that Mani ratnam because he understands the movie industry well.
            May be for your supposed intelligence, his movies might suck but what about the movies he is producing?.
            Go through the list. Very well rooted.”

            I don’t know on what base your saying Shankar is more influential than Mani Ratnam. Are you saying in terms of money or other else? but if you are saying in money terms, Mani’s movies were always did great performance at box office. In fact, he had always curious to make low budget movies and made more profit to producers. Of course, at present Mani Ratnam have lost all his charm. But who knows he may come back in future. On another side, Shankar, at the beginning of his career, he was so cool and even i liked his movies. But after Boys, his movies were just pain in my ass.

            You said Shankar understands movie understands movie industry well. I disagree with that. Because his recent movie “Endhiran” and previous “Shivaji were supposed to be huge flop but Rajni saved his ass. Just imagine, if Kamal or ajith or Shahrukh would have accepted the role of chitti, do you think this Endhiran would have been huge hit? No way. In fact, producer Kalanidhi Maran himself admitted that he was ready to invest Rs.200 crores for the sake of Rajni. What if Kamal or Ajith or even Vijay acted in this movie? Do you think this movie would have become huge hit?

            Mr.Shankar was searching for producers and actors to deliver his shit. Rajni accepted his script and he delivered his shit. Shankar hasn’t achieved anything out of this. If shankar would have made this movie with new faces and made it as super hit. Then i would have certainly accepted Shankar is mastermind director.

            “Regarding Enthiran, I understand your frustrations. You got frustrated because you are exposed to International
            movies and may be you are highly educated to find the flaws in the Humanoid design and question the possibility
            of the Chitti, considering the stagnant state of AI in the present, but the people who are living in the villages
            — many of them, who actually come to watch the movies, rather than download illegally from torrents —
            have experienced a new kind of cinema they have never watched before.
            I have seen many people who started asking about robots and stuff, including my mother who has never watched
            an english movie till date.”

            Sorry. I m not highly educated. I am just B.A. English Literature. That’s all. But i can understand if not i’ll try to figure out to understand the concept of any movie. I don’t think to appreciate movie you need high education. Its all depends up on individual’s inquisitiveness and involvement. I was frustrated with Endhiran because of idiotic script and very poor execution and presentation. I didn’t expect them to deliver international standard movie. It should be simple and straight forward. Not like this cockamamie nonsense.

            “1) When the people of India are dick heads, you don’t go and make exceptional Sci-Fi movies like”

            True. But how many years are you going to under estimate your audience as dick heads? When will you start assuming that our indian audience are intelligent?

            “3) Rajnikanth is a Hero is the most interesting aspect of the movie. Had not been him, the theatres would have
            been empty. It’s Shankar’s thought that a Sci-Fi movie should be made with a ‘Mass Hero’ to get back the money
            spent. Had Naseeruddin Shah or Manoj Bajpai been the main actor, the producers would have committed
            suicides due to the losses the movie it will bear.”

            Agreed. But where did Mr.Shankar played vital role when Rajni was the main reason for success of this movie? And you say he understands film industry. He hasn’t understand anything but he was quite lucky that Rajni accepted this shit.

            However, let me not stretch this issue. I have always respected others’ opinion. If you liked Endhiran just enjoy it.

            Have a nice day, Friend.

          • @Film Lover:
            “Agreed. But where did Mr.Shankar played vital role when Rajni was the main reason for success of this movie? And you say he understands film industry. He hasn’t understand anything but he was quite lucky that Rajni accepted this shit.”

            You are half-right in this statement. Shankar was indeed lucky that Rajini accepted the script, but you forget the factor that Shankar put decent efforts to ensure that the movie had
            1) Aishwarya Rai, whom many people just love to oogle at even at 36)
            2) Decent special effects, thanks to ILM,
            3) Good dialogues in the first half, especially the part where the ROBO CHITTI answers the questions raised by the audience. (Thanks to the late Sujatha)
            4) Excellent sound editing/effects done by Resul Pookutty (Yes, the second Indian to win an OSCAR)
            5) A half-baked, but effective storyline nonetheless
            6) Some scenic locations for songs and slapstick comedy from Santhanam and Karunas. While the comedy was crass at times, it really did set the stage for a few laughs here and there at the C Centres. The children seemed to enjoy it.
            7) Average music by AR RAHAMAN, barring Kilimanjaro.

            Only Rajini alone could not have saved Shankar. Rajini is a superstar but even he has failed miserably with films like Baba and Kuselan flopping in the recent decade. To give the complete credit/miscredit to Rajini would be a mistake.

            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            You write: Only Rajini alone could not have saved Shankar. Rajini is a superstar but even he has failed miserably with films like Baba and Kuselan flopping in the recent decade. To give the complete credit/miscredit to Rajini would be a mistake.

            Cogent argument. Happy? ;)

          • @Awin_kini,

            “Only Rajini alone could not have saved Shankar. Rajini is a superstar but even he has failed miserably with films like Baba and Kuselan flopping in the recent decade. To give the complete credit/miscredit to Rajini would be a mistake.”

            Again, you are missing my point and have forgotten to observe the fact. As far as Endhiran, Rajni alone saved the asses of producers and fame of Shankar. Other movies you have mentioned which were flopped at box office that mainly because Rajni had overestimated the audience. In Baba, fans were displeased with his physical appearance and story. Baba was quite mixture of politics and spirituality. Viewers were confused what the f*ck they had been watching. In Kuselan, people created too much hype as if Rajni was main protagonist in Kuselan, but eventually, Pasupathi was the main character but Rajni made cameo appearance. Do you think his fans would accept if Rajni makes Cameo appearances?

          • @SI: Yenna boss, naanga ithai naala ithai thaane suthi valachi sonnom, yengalai loosenu thittitu, ippo cogently argued points yennamo dictionary’l thedi varthaigalala paraturingala. Idhu yenna gnayam (Literal translation: “Boss, This is what I have been saying from the beginning. Then, you called me an idiot. Now, you appreciate TWIG with words lifted straight from the oxford dictionary. Is this fair? ;)”)…………………………. :D

            @Twig: Just for fun, please don’t mind it.

            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            So in a roundabout manner you are referring to Twig as a Schmuck. ;)

            BTW we didn’t say we agree with him/it/her.

            As Vijay says in Pokiri, oru vaati mudivu pannitenna en pecha naane kekamaate(Once I’ve made up my mind, I won’t pay heed to even my words).

            Likewise here. Once we’ve written something, it’s not amenable to change no matter what the Twigs, Branches, Trees, Leaves, Flowers, Fruits and Aswins might say.

            Thank You, Vijay anna. ;)

  3. First thanks to Director (DR)Shankar for making such a dumb movie in the name of scifi and calling it a dream project.

    Enthiran seems to be ripoff many movies.The main plot resembles “MAKING MR.RIGHT” and “BICENTENNIAL MAN”.The chitti Character is very similar to Jude Law as Gigolo Joe in A.I. Artificial Intelligence.The sequence where the chitti attracts all the metal items on him was a ripoff from STEEL(1997 American superhero film).The red chip blue chip seems to be from ASTROBOY.The snake grabing the chopper looked more like D-WAR except that in D-war it was a real snake.About the CGI to me it went from OK to bad to worse.

    And in the end it was like was an AMMAN PADAM GRAPHICS.

    PERFORMANCE CAPTURE is a combination of motion capture and facial expression capture, using the actions of live actors as input to digital image generators to create more naturalistic animation.E.g Beowulf,The Polar Express,AVATAR..
    Ohh My GOD! It couldnt get any worse ,they even used performance capture technology to do a scene where human formation leans on a building with one hand on it.

    If someone really comments ENTHIRAN was mind blowing,awesome please tell me why?
    Because to this movie was just a CHEAP version of Making Mr. Right (1987), Artificial intelligence,Bicentennial Man,Astroboy and even Steel (1997 American superhero film )

    This website is by far the best when it comes to giving unbiased reviews.

    Forget about the fanboys reaction to the review.

    Because some people will never learn! And they cant handle the truth

    So keep up the good work.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Enthiran seems to be ripoff many movies.The main plot resembles “MAKING MR.RIGHT” and “BICENTENNIAL MAN”.The chitti Character is very similar to Jude Law as Gigolo Joe in A.I. Artificial Intelligence.The sequence where the chitti attracts all the metal items on him was a ripoff from STEEL(1997 American superhero film).The red chip blue chip seems to be from ASTROBOY.The snake grabing the chopper looked more like D-WAR except that in D-war it was a real snake.About the CGI to me it went from OK to bad to worse.

    Good points.

    • Hi Dinesh,

      Very good points indeed. In our country, nobody dares to write true reviews about Rajni’s movies. Of course, its not fault of Rajni but his fans are just pathetic. I firmly believe only in our TN state where people worship a person as GOD. Are we progressing in the world of science and technology? i don’t think so.

    • Yep,

      And that uploading a worm part resembled the bit in “the Independence day”.

      I have a doubt here! Chitti version 2.0 replicates itself into hundreds, why none of the new chittis find Aishwarya (sana) suitable to fall in love with?

      May be, if they had a plot like – all of the chittis fall in mad love with sana, and end-up doing a gang-**ng, Enthiran would have been the most innovative sci-fi movie produced ever. ;-)

  4. I’m not particularly a religious person. But having watched Enthiran, I found myself repenting for my sins for having to pay money to watch this contraption.

    Wish I had believed SI’s reviews and avoided this ham fest. The progression of the movie from one cliched sub plot to the next, reminded me of Dante’s Hell. Is there an Indian version of Razzie awards to highlight such grotesque abortions being peddled for unsuspecting audiences? (Perhaps the Filmfare awards are the closest).

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Alas, we’re in the minority.

    Rajinikanth, Shankar and Mrs.Abhishek Bachchan are walking on air now. :(

    Indeed, Enthiran deserves the booby prize if you are talking quality.

  5. can you plz rip to pieces a ghastly aberration called ‘Boys’. It’s like asking someone to take their own lives.. but, seeing you well even after watching Endhiran, I’m sure you’ll survive ‘Boys’ and another thing called ‘Jeans’.. Apart from the music was there anything that made these boxoffice blockbuster hits. BTW ‘Jeans’ was the official entry to the oscars .. kadavule…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Added Boys to Netflix queue. Jeans is not available.

    • hi vjcool,

      You have to thank GOD, because Jeans had been kicked out of oscar and considered as one of the worst movie. Of course, Jeans also copied from various Hollywood movies. Moreover, Jeans entered Oscar award just because of one person Ashok Amritaraj ( one of the leading producer in Hollywood and he was the producer of the movie “jeans”)

      • Its not about jeans being kicked out of the oscars, but to think someone even thought it worthy of the oscars.. even lagaan was not worthy and it was a very good film by indian standards (by the CWG crooks isn’t our standard different from their standards)

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        Reminds us of Ajith’s fans hyperventilating about Billa going to the Cannes Festival (not to the main event mind you but to one of the secondary, inconsequential events at the festival).

        • Ajith’s fans hyperventilating about Billa going to the Cannes Festival

          Are you serious about this one.Because i watched Billa first day first show @Sangam cinemas
          Should tell you it was one of the most overrated indian films ever.The last climax was a ripoff from
          “The Recruit” starring Colin Farrell, Al Pacino, and Bridget Moynahan.
          What was all the hype about Ajiths acting in BILLA. To me all he did was walking,walking and walking and still walking ….Uptil his latest venture ASAL.

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          You write: Are you serious about this one.Because i watched Billa first day first show

          Über serious.

          Please see Ultimate Shame for Indian Cinema

          • i was utterly shocked when i heard Billa was sent to Cannes; they could have sent Mozhi, Paruthiveeran, Katradu Tamil, Periyar, Onbathu Rupa Notu, Evano Oruvan, the list is frickin endless!!! Even the pucca masala film with 5 songs, 5 fights, 5 sentiment Pokkiri was better!!

            as for Jeans – why didnt Shankar call it Genes? did he get confused or what?! Such a stupid overrated film!!!

    • Boys is better than Endhiran.

      In terms of screenplay and music. It’s no must watch movie but OK. The main reason behind Boys success was ARR’s music.

      I don’t know why many of you hate Jeans but i found it decent. Of course there were some irritating elements but it’s limitations notwithstanding, it was still so much better than most of Shankar’s movies. The music was a delight.

      Coming to Endhiran, the word of mouth here was that the movie was upto Hollywood standards and that the special effects were mindblowing. Another thing that added to the hype was that Endhiran was Shankar’s dream project(put on hold for 10 years). When i finally got to watch it, I only got disappointed.

      Is there ANYTHING called a story in Endhiran? My God, even a 5th standard child could think of a better story. What the F*CK was Shankar thinking? Does he even know what the word STORY means?

      For once, ARR didn’t deliver. I thought Kadhal Anukkal was OK but the picturization was crap. Santhanam’s only job in the movie was to get beaten and chased around by Chitti the robot(WTH?).

      The action was totally meaningless. The special effects were quite decent towards the end but tha’ts about it. It is no where near the standards of Hollywood. I’d go as far as to say that even Terminator 1(1985) had better special effects.

      Chitti going after the mosquito that bit Sana(his creator’s fiance) was the height of non sense and a total waste of screen time. Even little kids would find this stupid.

      I could see the hardwork that Rajni has put in for his role but alas, it wasn’t worth it.
      Endhiran is a huge hit only because of the presence of Rajni. If not, it wouldn’t have grossed this much.

      • When i saw the scene where Rajini spoke to the mosquito, it reminded me of Vadivelu talking to the cartoon cow in Villu…just thought that i should mention…

        SearchIndia.om Responds:

        You write: Vadivelu talking to the cartoon cow in Villu…just thought that i should mention…

        That scene was the acme of nonsense in the Tamil film industry.

  6. Hi,

    I just now saw one website and i decided to share with you. But i warn you, you should not get tensed and break your computer in to pieces because you are about to read the worst thing in your life.

    http://www.bollywoodtrends.net/2010/10/shankar-james-cameron-of-india.html

    What’s your opinion?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: What’s your opinion?

    After reading gems like In 1995, Shankar released India with a double role to Kamal Hassan in your above link, we’re speechless.

    Excuse us, while we refill our glass.

    • I would like to have a glass too…

      but have to admit Shankar is a better producer than a director.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You write: but have to admit Shankar is a better producer than a director.

      We think Shankar is more like a Chettiar chit-fund operator…provides a decent return on investment in a short period. ;)

      • Hi Vjcool,

        It doesn’t matter whether Shankar is better producer or director. I even don’t care about it. But the issue is, when people create cockamamie idiotic comments, that’s really irritating. In observation, i can say lots of difference between shankar and James Cameron.

        1. Shankar’s way of approach is completely childish and idiotic. If you observe frame to frame of his films, you will certainly observe how he constructs the plot as if 6 year old kid direct a film. That’s pathetic. Scene after a scene, you cannot connect anything. Sudden intrusion of fight, songs and comedy tracks which i have seen other tamil movies. Shankar is not exception in that case.

        James Cameron’s way of storytelling is quite straightforward and interesting. The strength of cameron is characterization. If you take any of his movies, woman character plays very vital role, for eg. Sarah Connor in T2, Mrs.Brigman in The Abyss, Lt.Ripley in Aliens, Rose in Titanic, Neytiri in Avatar. These are always will be central characters in his movies. The most importantly his way of plot construction is very matured manner. He beautifully connects scene after scene. It just makes sense.

        2. Shankar is always obsessed with Star power. He always puts his ass behind star power.

        James Cameron never depended up on star power. Of course, no director in the world would depend upon star power. Best e.g, Titanic, Leonardo Di Capiro and Kate winslet were flop actors. But after the release of Titanic, whole recognized them as international stars. Cameron made them international stars.

        3. Shankar’s 14 years dream of Endhiran was completely stupid and nonsense. In 1996, Shankar approached Kamal, but Kamal was not satisified with his shitty script. After exactly 14 years, he delivered his dream shit Endhiran with the help of Rajnikanth. Eventually, he took 3 years to complete this crap movie.

        James Cameron‘s 14 years dream of Avatar was completely awesome. Of course, script was old fashioned way but he made it so beautiful. In 1995, he thought of this script but due to non-availability of proper technology, he postponed it to 1999, but again he wasn’t satisfied with technology development. After that, he had no other option to wait another 10 years to fulfill his wonderful dream.

        Now, touch your conscience and say, is this dumbass director Shankar deserved to be called as “James Cameron of India?

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        You write: Shankar is always obsessed with Star power. He always puts his ass behind star power.

        We think Shankar is pandering to the Indian masses’ love of star power. In his genuflection before star power (raising them to stratospheric heights), Shankar is following, not leading the masses.

        • Think theres been a misunderstanding. aren’t we on the same boat. I mean I don’t like the money squanderer Shankar or his films. But the producer Shankar has some very good movies like Kadhal , Veyil, Eeram, even Pulikesi. they are miles ahead of his Gentleman or Whatever.. anyway…

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          Didn’t realize Veyil was from Shankar’s production house.

          Here’s the pre-blog review of Veyil.

          • What??? Kadhal is a very good movie????? Damn! pathetic movie i have ever seen. I was almost vomited in theater. Horrible. Of course, if you liked that movie i respect that. Personally, i didn’t liked at all. I have seen Pulikesi, that was decent movie and also very good attempt in Tamil Cinema. Rest, i haven’t seen anything.

  7. Hey SI, I just have a doubt. Since a lot of Bollywood and Kollywood films have been copied from Hollywood films, some of them being blatant copies like Avvai Shanmughi, why don’t the Hollywood movie makers sue these bastards and ensure that no other film maker dares to remake movies.

    Why don’t you start a initiative in dedicating a post for such occasion (A blog on Hindi and Tamil movies blatantly copied from Hollywood and other cinema industries), a few examples are quoted below:
    1) Avvai Shanmughi – A blatant remake of Mrs. Doubtfire
    2) Partner – Another poor photocopy of the Will Smith Starrer Hitch.
    3) God Tussi Great Ho – “Inspired” by Bruce Almighty
    4) SIVI – A perfect copy of the Thailand horror movie “SHUTTER” (It was also remade into english in the same name)
    5) Raaz – What Lies Beneath
    6) 12B – Sliding Doors (This hollywood movie was actually the copy of another earlier hollywood movie. Talk about a copy of a copy)
    7) Salaam Namaste – Nine Months (1995)
    8 ) Murder copied from Unfaithful (2002)
    9) Hum Tum copied from When Harry Met Sally /Before Sunset
    10) Kyonki…Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta copied from Liar Liar
    11) Kaante – Reservoir Dogs
    12) DHOOM – TORQUE+ 2FAST 2FURIOUS
    13) chak de india –> mighty ducks
    14) Aradhana 1969 To Each His Own 1946
    15) The Burning Train 1980 Shinkansen Daibakuha 1975
    16) Agneepath 1990 Scarface 1983
    17) Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar 1992 Breaking Away 1979
    18) Main Khiladi Tu Anari 1994 The Hard Way 1991
    19) Mohabbatein 2000 Dead Poets Society 1989
    20) Baadshah(SRK starrer) = Nick Of Time, The Mask, Rush Hour, Mr. Nice Guy
    21) Phir Milenge 2004 Philadelphia 1993
    22) Manorama Six Feet Under 2007 Chinatown 1974
    23) Yuvvraaj 2008 Rain Man 1988
    24) Dil Bole Hadippa(2009) She’s the Man
    25) Krazzy 4(2008) – The Dream Team(1989)
    26) Kismat Konnection(2008) – Just My Luck(2006)
    27) Kidnap(2008) – Shattered(1991)
    28) Mere Baap Pahle Aap(2008) – Blame It on the Bellboy(1992)
    29) One Two Three(2008) – Blame It on the Bellboy(1992)

    These are data taken from various sites, I have not validated them.

    While I understand that posting this is not going to make much noise, atleast, someday some hollywood dumbass director may find this via google and finally start suing up some Indian filmmaker who plagiarized.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: why don’t the Hollywood movie makers sue these bastards and ensure that no other film maker dares to remake movies.

    As to why Hollywood doesn’t sue these Indian f*cks, there could be many reasons – tortuous process of Indian courts, many of the old Hollywood producers are dead, mergers among Hollywood studios, it may not be worth their time et al.

    Some of the movies in your list like Manorama Six Feet, God Tussi, Yuvraaj, Partner …are clear lifts. We’ve seen the original and can vouch for it.

    2. Stealing and lack of talent is ingrained in the Indian movie DNA.

    Chinese, Spanish, French and German movies have global audience, even among non-natives.

    But most Bollywood/Kollywood movies are made by talentless Indian f*cks to be watched only by stupid Indian f*cks.

    Can you imagine a Vijay movie like Vettaikaran or Sura attracting audiences anywhere else but Tamil Nadu?

    • But somebody needs to put an end to this rubbish?????? For heaven’s sake, I can’t tolerate passing off content as your own, when it is not.

      And for heaven’s sake, in US, people sue for the silliest of things, why cant they just put a case in Indian courts for the sake of it. Once a Hollywood producer does that, the Indian filmmakers would think thrice before they plagiarize.

      In India, once your mask has been torn off, you are as good as dead. If Indian directors are exposed once, not only will they lose their respect, but also their market value which is as dear to them as their life.

      Somebody’s gotta bell that rotten cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody has to…………………

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You write: In India, once your mask has been torn off, you are as good as dead. If Indian directors are exposed once, not only will they lose their respect, but also their market value which is as dear to them as their life.

      Indian movie audiences are not unaware of the theft.

      Many of them just don’t care about ‘mundane’ stuff like copying.

      Of late, the Hollywood studios have been making some noise about suing. There’s been rumors that Bollywood (because it’s way bigger than the regional film sectors) is in their sights. Let’s see whether anything comes out of their growling.

      • Dear Aswin,

        You wrote, “In India, once your mask has been torn off, you are as good as dead. If Indian directors are exposed once, not only will they lose their respect, but also their market value which is as dear to them as their life.”

        Dude, its been more than 40 years, our Indian film makers are still involving in plagiarism. Our people don’t care about that. They want to be entertained. In fact, even though if you remove our film makers’ masks, our people still call them as best film makers because our audience are like that.

        Come on buddy, we are living in India, our beloved people only accepts rowdies, scoundrels and rascals as their political leaders. Those politicians involves in corruption, theft, murder and sex scandal, but still our people select them as MP or MLA or Minister or Chief Minister. And those people always keeps their face smiling because they know Indian people are dumb idiots.

    • Interesting points. As Mr.Aswin pointed out some of the above movies were copied from various Hollywood movies. In the past, i have noticed many people claimed that Munna Bhai M.B.B.S was loosely based on Robin Williams’ Patch Adams, and more recently, there was plagiarism charges raised up on the movie “Partner”, which was completely copy paste of Will Smith’s “Hitch”. Here are the links:

      http://whocopywho.blogspot.com/2008/07/munnabhai-mbbs-copy-paste-of-patch.html

      http://www.gobollywood.com/2007/08/partner-trouble.html

      However, as SI pointed out our Indian courts’ torturous procedure, no one would be interested in filing the case against these dumbass copycat indian directors.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Here’s our review of Partner (pre-SI blog).

  8. @Filmlover: I can understand you being frustrated by the comparison of Shankar with “James Cameron”, but for heaven’s sake don’t exaggerate certain things to prove yourself right!

    The film “KADHAL” made you puke?????really? Ok, it’s your personal choice, but Kadhal was a decent film in my perspective. To say frankly, your comment was exaggerated.

    “Shankar’s way of approach is completely childish and idiotic. If you observe frame to frame of his films, you will certainly observe how he constructs the plot as if 6 year old kid direct a film. That’s pathetic. ” Hmm., very interesting comment. If you were referring to his style in Endhiran and Jeans, then agreed. If you were mentioning his other movies, I am afraid you are quite wrong. Shankar’s visual treatment in films like Indian, Gentleman, and Mudhalvan were good. In case you forget, Indian audience is not as receptive as Hollywood Audience.
    Brother, when you are in rome, be roman. The job of a director is to first deliver a hit. if Shankar is gonna take a hollywood style of presentation, sure the critics will love it, but the box office will fail at the B and C centers. While Indian directors don;t create good cinema, they understand their business quite better. Disagree with me, ever remember films like Anbe Sivam, Guzaarish, and Iruvar etc…….

    Buddy, let me make a point clear. Shankar is no great director, but boy does he bring good money to his producers. Comparing him to James Cameron is as good as comparing Sarava Bhavan to Hotel Le Meredian…… PERIOD

    • @ Aswin_Kini Hi pal, i hope all is well. Frankly speaking, i appreciated Shankar’s earlier works like Gentleman, Indian and Mudhalvan. But after boys, his movies were completely cockamamie nonsense. Even Gentleman, Indian and Mudhalvan had lots of plot holes and illogical elements, despite that those movies were watchable and also enjoyable. In fact, i was referring about his childish and idiotic approach in his movies since boys to till now.

      you say “Brother, when you are in rome, be roman. The job of a director is to first deliver a hit. if Shankar is gonna take a hollywood style of presentation, sure the critics will love it, but the box office will fail at the B and C centers. While Indian directors don;t create good cinema, they understand their business quite better. Disagree with me, ever remember films like Anbe Sivam, Guzaarish, and Iruvar etc…….”

      Where is Hollywood style of presentation in Shankar movies? Have you ever seen Hollywood movies? I don’t get it. I would have been impressed with Shankar if he would have delivered Endhiran movie in Hollywood style, but it was completely typical Indian masala love story in the name of sci fi. That was pathetic. Moreover, presentation and execution was totally nonsense. As i said, in earlier post he was like 6 year old kid in approach. I can agree with Anbe Sivam and Iruvar, but Guzaarish??? no way.

      You say, “Buddy, let me make a point clear. Shankar is no great director, but boy does he bring good money to his producers. Comparing him to James Cameron is as good as comparing Sarava Bhavan to Hotel Le Meredian…… PERIOD”

      I am sorry sir, your point doesn’t make any sense. You say Shankar is a director who brings lots of money to his producers, so, you compare him with one of the best directors in the world like James Cameron. If you are talking about in money terms, Shankar is not the only director, even Rajkumar Hirani who delivered even more profit to his producers than Shankar. So, you compare Rajkumar Hirani with Cameron.

      Come on, kid, you can’t measure a directors’ quality with their movies’ performance at box office. Directors’ quality always lies within their movies itself. For instance, director Martin Scorsese’s movies never did great performance at box office, but whereas director Michael Bay’s movies does great performance at box office. Do you mean to say Michael Bay is way better director than Martin Scorsese, just in terms of making money? No way. Martin is critically acclaimed best director in the world, not based on his movies performance at box office but as an best director who has delivered quality movies in the past.

      Dude, comparing Hotel Saravana Bhavan with Le Royal Meridien is completely silly.

      • @Filmlover: Buddy, I never compared Shankar to James Cameron and would never want to. I was just against the comparison of two directors from totally different film industries.
        As for my comparison of Le Meridian with Saravana Bhavan, I guess it got completely misquoted.

        When I said Saravana Bhavan, I was referring to a restaurant, which is the best among one star facility restaurants (that’s what they say here). While Saravana Bhavan seems to be a high class heaven for middle class folks, it is nothing but just another meager food outlet for the luxurious folks, who would rather spend their money in a dimly-lit, five star facility hotel, such as Ambassador Pallava or Le Royal Meridian.

        Same is the case with Shankar and James Cameron. Shankar is the Saravana Bhavan and Cameron is the Le Royal Meridian. And for heaven’s sake, society needs both. The middle-class man does not have access to Le Royal Meridian easily due to his budget constraints. Similarly, the average Indian citizen does not have easy access to Hollywood movies. Frankly, Hollywood movies do not relate or endear themselves to Indian audiences easily because they reflect a different society and mindset, hope you got my point.

        Btw, why are you and SI so obsessed with Hollywood way of filmmaking, there are better film industries in other nations, making more artistic movies. The Thai make good horror movies like SHUTTER. The Chinese are known for their delightful martial arts films. Hollywood should NOT BE CONSIDERED as the yardstick for quality.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        You write: Btw, why are you and SI so obsessed with Hollywood way of filmmaking, there are better film industries in other nations, making more artistic movies

        As SI’s non-personal secretary, I take objection to the above point baloney.

        SI has reviewed a dozens of foreign movies here suggesting it/she/he/they is/are NOT obsessed with Hollywood.

  9. I feel the reviewer and fellow commentators have taken a very critical view of the movie. It’s not a trash movie definitely.
    The graphics as the reviewer pointed out was good, but no big deal according to Hollywood standards. But there is a huge difference in the budget of the hollywood movies and kollywood movies. Also, technical aspects like cinematography and editing has not been appreciated. I feel they have done a good job.

    Also, I enjoyed a few dialogs in the movie where Vaseegaran says to Chitti when he expresses feelings for Sana – You can’t do this “She is my love. What you are doing is betrayal..” Chitti says, “You give her up for me it is called sacrifice”. Vintage Sujatha touches. A movie worth-watching once. Shankar has achieved partial success atleast by being the first to show the grandeur one has come to expect only in Hollywood movies to the Indian audience.

  10. Detergent argument.

  11. I wish someone makes a movie on fans of tamil movie stars that shows how the stars really think/treat their fans behind the scene.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    They’d probably be laughing their heads off at the worshipful jackasses.

    But a good theme for a satirical film.

  12. Enthiran finds a mention in POPSCI…. :)

    http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2011-01/rogue-robot-smashes-entire-cities-and-box-office-records

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    There’s no hope for Earthlings.

    When are they commencing flights to Mars?

  13. hey SI, Don’t know how we can contact you, if we want to bring your attention to something. Since this news is related to Rajini, posting it here. Get ready to be ruled by Mr. President – Rajinikanth :)
    The news site has an English version too, but its fun to read in Tamil. Hope you have not lost touch with your mother tongue?! :P

    http://thatstamil.oneindia.in/movies/news/2011/04/18-rajni-fans-start-poster-war-madurai-aid0136.html

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Looks like a publicity stunt by some fellas.

    Why would they do it after the elections? Unless, this is Rajini’s response to the TV crews showing him voting for AIADMK.

  14. You say…

    If Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan really slammed the script as half-baked (when Shankar approached him to play the lead role), he’s one smart dude. Really!

    Do you really think so?!…continue to read this article…lol

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-01-04/news-interviews/28355718_1_anubhav-sinha-rajnikanth-s-robot-scientist

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Let Ra-One release and then we’ll talk.

    At this time, it’s all conjecture and rumors.

    • Ha Ha. Why don’t these dickheads compare Rajni’s Robot and Bicentinnal man or Making Mr Right?
      They’re talking as if “Chitti” or “Satti” is the only robot character in a movie that behaves like humans, and Enthiran is the only Sci-Fi movie that has a scientist creating a Robo that looks like him. Not that I’m an ardent SRK fan but this comparison was silly!!

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      You write: Ha Ha. Why don’t these dickheads compare Rajni’s Robot and Bicentinnal man or Making Mr Right?

      Here’s the review of Bicentennial Man.