Endhiran is about Dr. Vaseegaran and Chitty, his creation- the robot. From then on it is a ‘Chitty showcase’, of action, dance, emotions, fun and frolic. Watching Endhiran one feels no doubt whatsoever that no one other than Rajnikanth could have pulled off this character. Be it as the workaholic scientist, the obedient Chitty or the destructive Chitty, he scores brilliance and charisma in every frame. Yes, there are the trademark styles and mannerisms, but Rajnikanth transcends style and goes one better with Endhiran. His restraint while playing the scientist, the frustration that he shows while his scientific endeavours go wrong, underscore the fact that he is a brilliant actor who has been bogged down by commercial demands and compulsions. But, the focal point of the performance is definitely the robot. The outrageous and maniacal laugh as he proclaims his invincibility is a masterpiece – a throwback to the heydays of Rajnikanth the villain. Aishwarya Rai looks stunning as always. Though it is a bit difficult to still accept her as a college student, she delivers when it matters. Not the usual Shankar heroine (songs and dance only stuff) here, she is almost the fulcrum of the story.
Shankar’s ability to write commercial Tamil cinema elements into a sci-fi script is commendable. That stops Endhiran from being a pure sci-fi flick, making it apt for all class audiences. Beginning of the second half is however not an apt extrapolation of the expectations raised in the first half. Overall, Endhiran is a ‘robotic, hypnotic, supersonic, Superstar’ experience, the first of its kind in Tamil cinema.