I might have to watch a Bollywood film for the first time in years….This is how Andrew Buncombe introduces ‘Endhiran’:
In Mumbai, the print of his film was driven at dawn to a temple by horse-drawn carriage in order for it to be blessed. In Chennai, the 4am showing of the film sold out, forcing fans to hustle to get tickets for the 5am slot. In Milton Keynes, movie reviewers were charmed, and in the US, hard-to-get tickets were reportedly selling for up to $40 (£25).
(via Pickled Politics.)
Enthiran (Tamil: எந்திரன்) is a 2010 Tamil science fiction film co-written and directed by S. Shankar. The film features Rajinikanth in dual roles, as a science professor and a superintelligent android robot. Aishwarya Rai and Danny Denzongpa play other lead roles while Santhanam, Karunas, Kalabhavan Mani, Devadarshini, and Cochin Haneefa play supporting roles. After nearly a decade of pre-production work, the film was shot in two years beginning in 2008. Produced by Kalanidhi Maran and Hansraj Saxena, it is known for being the most expensive film in Asia ever made, officially budgeted at 162 crores. Upon release, it also made the largest worldwide opening for a Tamil film. The film’s background score and soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman, which released as an album on 31 July 2010. Cinematography was handled by R. Rathnavelu…. (via Wikipedia.)
Although it is being commonly described this way in Western media, Enthiran is not strictly speaking a Bollywood film. The term Bollywood properly speaking refers to the Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Bombay+Hollywood=Bollywood. Endiran – aka “Enthiran” or in English “Robot” – is a Tamil-language film produced in the city of Chennai. There are arguments for and against using the term “Bollywood” to refer to the whole of Indian film-making, which we can go into if you like…
Endiran is currently screening locally at the Berkeley Oaks Theater.