I really had to watch Enthiran, because I could not miss what so many people were going to watch.
Certain parts were simply awesome. The robot dancing (not in the songs), Rajni as a villain (He does a great job! Especially when he imitates a sheep – I wanted to sit up and clap, then! I want to watch each one of his early movies as a villain).
The first 30 minutes of the 2nd half is the best part of the movie. Emotions are programmed into the robot and he behaves almost like an ordinary guy and here’s where you really warm up to Chitti. I loved his dance with Aishwarya, the scene in the defence academy, among other scenes. They make the character seem so real that you come close to sharing the emotions of the others when he dismantles himself in the end.
However, there are many minuses, which can usually be overlooked in Shankar’s films, but are glaring here. Scenes are about acting and interesting dialogues; they should not be built around simple concepts and modern sets – that is not enough! The first half passed by in a flash, but it didn’t have any substance. An ordinary intro for Aishwarya (who is pleasant in this film and a relief from boredom). A hair cutting scene that hardly involves any acting and bores you to death. An entire 3 minute scene just to show that the robot can read books in seconds?
Also, there is an overdose of graphics. The graphics bit with an army of Rajnis forming spheres, snakes, screws and blah goes on & on. And the good 10 minutes that follow. Arrggh…
The songs are a redeeming feature (obviously!). They’re an opportunity for the human Rajni to come out of the background (he doesn’t leave much of an impact). I loved Kaadhal Anukkal and Kilimanjaro.
When you leave the theatre, Chitti is sure to remain in your mind for long. But not the rest of the film. It is sacrificed for the sake of Chitti and graphics. If only Shankar had put a little more into this, in the three years of its making, rather than hyping special effects and budget, Enthiran would’ve been a complete entertainer.