How Rajni became Robot
We Mumbaiwallahs hear so much about the big guns down south â Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Mohanlal, Chiranjeevi, etc, but hardly get to hear them.
So of course, I didnât know Rajnikanth has such a great sense of humour, in addition to being a huge star and a great actor. The veteran charmed everyone off their pants at the music launch of his new film âRobotâ, and had the audience in splits with his explanation of how he came to do the film.
âIf I hadnât known Shankar (the director) before, I would have said no to the film, because it is a very tough role. You Kamal Hassan was to do the role initially, and even Shah Rukh Khan was approached, but âdaane daane pe likha hai khane wale ka naamâ (every grain has the name of the person who is going to eat it),â he said, leading to hoots and claps from the audience.
I wonder if I have seen so much candid humour from any Bollywood superstar.
He described âRobotâ as a never before seen experience in Indian cinema, and said he âguaranteedâ that it would be a great film.
Touted as the most expensive film made in India (with an official budget of 1.5 billion rupees), âRobotâ also has special effects similar to the one used in the Oscar winning âThe Curious Case of Benjamin Buttonâ, and of course the presence of former Miss World Aishwarya Rai as the filmâs leading lady.
But that is not why it will be a hit, at least according to Rajni.
ââSholayâ was not a hit because of the budget or the stars, it was a hit because of the story and characters. In the same way, Shankar has created such lovely characters and such lovely moments, that I am sure, people will like it,â he said.
With a guarantee certificate by Rajni himself, you donât need much more motivation t