Director: S Shankar
Starring: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson
Written by: S Shankar
Rajinikanth reprises his role as genius scientist Dr Vaseegaran who created a lookalike robot Chitti that went rogue and was destroyed at the end of the last film. The film begins with an old man committing suicide from atop a mobile phone tower. We are then introduced to scientist, Dr Vasigaran (Rajinikanth) and his now assistant Nila (Amy Jackson), a humanoid robot. Soon, mobile phones start flying off the shelves and out of everyone’s hands, and Vasigaran is called in to investigate this mysterious occurrence. And when a giant bird, made up of mobile phones, starts attacking the city, the scientist requests to reactivate Chitti. However, Dhinendra Bora (Sudhanshu Pandey) objects since it had led to immense destruction the last time. But with no other option in hand, home minister Vijay Kumar (Adil Hussain) grants Dr. Vaseegaran the permission. Chitti is brought back to life and gives a tough fight to the evil force. But soon even Chitti is unable to do much. The evil force, who is none other than Dr. Pakshirajan (Akshay Kumar), has a dark past and is too powerful. He won’t rest until he achieves his objective. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Right from the start Shankar sets up the world of the film spectacularly; the initial sequences of the mobile phones vanishing in the air piques up the curiosity of the viewers. Later the plot gets predictable but remains effective throughout. The flashback of Akshay becomes tedious as it gets stretched. Visually the film is a treat for the viewers. The quality of VFX is done akin to that of a top Hollywood Blockbuster.
Technically, the film is superb. Nirav Shah’s cinematography is quite brilliant and is a delight to watch. V Srinivas Mohan and Rif Dagher’s VFX is world class and was worth the wait. One of the best, if not the best VFX seen in an Indian film. Anthony’s editing is good but could have been much more crisp, but considering the kind of magnum opus that Shankar has made it is understandable, the predictable route he has taken. Music by A.R Rahman hasn’t been showcased in the film in a big way but the song at the end credits, Tu Hi Re, works. A. R. Rahaman’s background score was terrific and was quite impactful. T Muthuraj’s production design was of international standard.
Performances from the cast have been brilliant as well. Rajinikanth has been brilliant as usual. He plays 4 roles in the film. In the second half and the climax he takes his performance up a notch. Akshay Kumar is menacing as the birdman and in his flashback sequences he is endearing. Amy Jackson leaves an impact in the limited role she has. Adil Hussain is passable. Sudhanshu Pandey and Ananth Narayan Mahadevan offer abled support.
As the director, S Shankar, once again shows his sheer brilliance in setting up a film of such a high magnitude. He easily gives us the best 3D experience the country has seen till date.
At the box-office
The film has taken a bumper opening nationwide and it is carrying a great word of mouth which will easily make this movie one of the biggest grosser the country has ever seen!