India’s most expensive movie ever made, Enthiran (The Robot), has proven a Box Office hit with audiences in Asia and beyond. The film opened in 2,253 screens worldwide, including 30 cinemas in the United Kingdom.
Enthiran stars Rajinikanth as a Frankenstein-inspired scientist who creates a robot named Chitti (built in his image), only to see it multiply into a million clones, destroy Chennai and steal his fiancée (Aishwarya Rai).
Costing a whopping र162 crore ($36.45mil) to produce, Enthiran is yet another success for 61-year-old star Rajinikanth, currently India’s highest paid actor. It has also proven a hit with Asian film critics, who have lauded the movie’s witty dialogue, zany characters and inventive dance sequences.
Enthiran marks the latest attempt to lend Indian cinema a global appeal. The film’s large-scale special effects were handled by Hollywood’s Stan Winston Studios and Industrial Light & Magic, while the action scenes were stages by renowned choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, who was responsible for the balletic brawls of The Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.