The content has so much life that it reduces Rajinikanth as a mere scientist and makes the Robot as the protagonist and the antagonist giving Rajini three roles to show his craft as an actor. Infact Vasi, the scientist just utters a few dialogues, walks around with the heroine in a few songs and has just one job to do, to look flustered, frustrated and the focus rightly is on Chitti the user friendly Robot and Chitti, the destroyer machine.
The film moves on interestingly and only towards the end it kind of gets monotonous when the humanoid robot assumes monstrous proportions to wreak havoc on mankind. The film is singularly lacking in one quality - emotion. How much ever you might like the movie and appreciate the dynamics there is no feeling or connect, there is a risk of audience being polarized but otherwise Shankar brings a wonderful simplicity to the content.
A man makes a machine which behaves like a man, resembles him but gets destroyed by the creator (Rajinikanth) when differences crop up, when the machine begins to fall in love with creator's girl friend (Aishwarya). The agents of the terrorist strike a deal with the enemy (Danny Denzongpa) of the creator of the humanoid Robot and the enemy rescues it after it has been discarded. He uses it for anti-social purposes and the onus is on the creator of the Robot to find a solution.
The second half of the story has powerful imagery, dazzling special effects and a touching finale. Whether it is make-up, music, re-recording or cinematography, every aspect of the film dazzles. The dialogues are simple yet have spunk, there is one in which the Robot asks Aishwarya why she can't marry him, is it because he cannot have sex or make children. Is that all a human needs? Doesn't love hold meaning or can't one adopt children? All the answers are given towards the end in the form of judgement at the court.
Robot would thrill the kids and make an interesting watch for adults. Watch Robot for Shankar's distinctively dizzying style of direction, for his ingenuity and imagination and the way he splatters the screen with animate and inanimate factors. If you've wondered why our filmmakers don't come up with futuristic cinema, go watch this, it might not match international standards but will give you a feel that we are quite close to it.