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[[caption-width-right:220:Get ready folks!]]

The most expensive and third highest grossing movie in Indian history, ''Robot'' (''Endhiran'', in the original Tamil) is an action comedy about the brilliant scientist Dr. Vaseegaran (played by Rajnikanth) who creates an ArtificialHuman named Chitti (also played by Rajinikanth, though the two characters look very distinct). Intending to offer Chitti to the Indian army, Dr. Vaseegaran first has to teach his creation how to function in society. Though he's superintelligent, Chitti takes things very literally, and he has zero knowledge of social situations. Still, he tries to be as kind and helpful as possible. Dr. Vaseegaran and his beautiful girlfriend Sana (played by Creator/AishwaryaRai) try everything they can to make Chitti into a real person -- although Sana's slowly getting annoyed at how much time her boyfriend spends at work, instead of with her.

Unfortunately, Dr. Vaseegaran's old tutor, Professor Bora, is stricken with a rather nasty case of jealousy and sets out to prove that Chitti is unsafe. Chitti encounters further backlash when rescuing people from a burning building, due to his inability to understand Tamil cultural rules.

Instead of abandoning Chitti, Dr. Vaseegaran decides to teach the android how to feel emotions and make moral judgements. Dr. Vaseegaran succeeds beyond his wildest dreams, but begins to regret it when Chitti falls in love with Sana. All the while, Professor Bora watches, ready to exploit the tension and frustration between the three.

It gets worse. It also gets ''really, really awesome''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNXHveyzUvY See for yourself!]]

''Robot'' pulls out all the stops when it comes to action, displaying a fantastic level of visual creativity. The film also has ''by far'' the most hilarious and dynamic special effects to ever come out of Bollywood.

Notable for being the only collaboration between monster-meister Creator/StanWinston (whose most beloved creations include Film/TheTerminator and The Film/{{Alien}} Queen) and Martial-Arts Luminary Creator/YuenWooPing, who is beloved for his works with JetLi and his masterful combat-choreography on classics like ''Film/OnceUponATimeInChina'' and ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActorAllusion: Chitti waxing poetic over Sana may come out of leftfield for some, but it ''is'' the sort of thing you'd get, at any point in history, with anyone that could be labeled WorldsMostBeautifulWoman.
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:All it takes is one [[MoralityDial "destruction chip"]] to make Chitti turn evil.]]
* ArtificialHuman: Chitti.
* AutoTune: Done with some of the musical numbers, fitting the technological motif.
* BadassLongcoat: [[spoiler:How evil!Chitti is distinguished from his {{Mooks}}.]]
* BallisticDiscount
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding]]: [[spoiler: At the end, a reprogrammed Chitti convinces the court to not blame Dr. Vaseegaran for the destruction caused by his creation. However, the court decides that Chitti must dismantle himself. Chitti takes this in stead and complies, making peace with Sana and Dr. Vaseegaran as he does.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: When evil!Chitti shoots down ''thousands of armed combatants'' and the only mess is from the rain of shells... it's just another day in Bollywood, really.
* BluffTheImpostor: Invoked. Vaseegaran manages to masquerade as an evil!Chitti {{Mook}}.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Chitti has this in spades.
* {{Bollywood}}
* [[HollywoodHacking Bollywood Hacking]]
* BollywoodNerd: Dr. Vaseegaran, Professor Bora, and ThoseTwoGuys.
* BottomlessMagazines: The Indian military rifles have enough ammo to rain on [[spoiler:evil!Chitti]], then used against the army themselves, and still have enough left for [[spoiler:the evil!Chitti army to use.]]
* BrickJoke: Chitti gets to scan the entire phonebook early on - during the presentation, he is asked to solve a complicated equation, and not only gets it right but ''knows whose phone number the answer is.''
* ButtMonkey: ThoseTwoGuys, either taking lip from the droids or AmusingInjuries from Chitti.
* CallingTheOldManOut: A variation when Chitti's RidiculouslyHumanRobot instincts finally awaken.
--> '''Chitti:''' "I have been built entirely by ''your'' specifications! If there is a problem, it is not with me, it is with YOU!"
* CatchPhrase: "Dot."
** "I am Chitti. Speed 1 terahertz. Memory 1 zettabyte." This one is even repeated during Chitti's {{cameo}} in ''RA One''!
* CheatersNeverProsper: [[spoiler: Averted. Chitti helps Sana cheat on her medical (!) exams. When caught, Sana convinces the examiner that Chitti is just some random nut (easy to do, given Chitti's odd behavior), and is allowed to continue the test. Never one to leave a task incomplete, Chitti sneaks into the air vents and scans the relevant pages onto her exam, giving her the answers. She isn't caught the second time.]]
* ChekhovsGun: What appears to be a BigLippedAlligatorMoment when [[spoiler:Chitti negotiates with mosquitoes ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer no, really]]) leads to him learning Sana's blood type, which comes up later.]]
** Similarly, Chitti's AbnormalLimbRotationRange [[spoiler:allows him to SpotTheImpostor.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Chitti's SelectiveMagnetism [[spoiler:is the entire basis of his army's OneWingedAngel tactic.]]
** And his poring through Sana's medical textbooks allows him to deliver a baby.
* ChefOfIron: ''Literally''.
* ConspicuousCG
* CoolShades
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Zigzagged. Bora figures out early on that he can turn Chitti against Vaseegaran thanks to Sana, but [[spoiler:doesn't think to give Chitti some kind of RestrainingBolt along with the red chip.]]
* DoAnythingRobot
* EinsteinHair: Working on Chitti turned Vaseegaran into ''a mess''.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler: The dismantled Chitti is turned into an exhibit in a robotics museum in the future - one that responds to a child's question. Was he reprogrammed into a Q&A machine, or is he still in there...?]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Bora realising [[spoiler:evil!Chitti has built his own army. He shouldn't have waited till then, of course...]]
* EvilMakeover: [[spoiler:Evil!Chitti, complete with SkunkStripe and GoNagaiSideburns.]]
* {{Finger Gun}}/{{Finger Firearms}}/{{This Banana Is Armed}}:
-->'''Chitti''': Don't come closer. I will shoot you.
-->'''Dude in car''': Stop acting like a child.
-->[[spoiler: '''BANG''']]
* FlippingTheBird: Taken to a weird new level, when [[spoiler:the giant Chitti]] does this to the Indian Army. [[spoiler:Since his middle finger is just another Chitti clone, it actually flips them off as well.]]
** The FingerGun mentioned above? It doesn't fire from the pointer finger, oddly enough...
*** Many Indians actually do point with their middle fingers. The first example is still FlippingTheBird, however.
* GiftGivingGaffe: Apparently Vaseegaran gave Sana "[[StephenHawking A Briefer History of Time]]" and "{{Freakonomics}}". Not as bad as the ''female razor'', though.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: Professor Bora is finally able to make Chitti incredibly murderous and evil. He doesn't realize how successful he is until Chitti kills him.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:Bora's FamilyUnfriendlyDeath.]]
* HiveMind: How the many versions of Chitti communicate.
* {{Hubris}}: A theme that's brought up a few times.
* HumansAreBastards: The movie touches on this as well.
* InstantExpert: Chitti, thanks to Dr. Vaseegaran installing all kinds of information in his brain.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: The actor playing Dr. Bora is an Indian man from an ethnic group closely related to the people of Nepal, which confuses some westerners who think he looks "Chinese" instead of their idea of "Indian."
** He is from the Bhutia community which descended from the Tibetan people.
* IWantSong
* [[spoiler:KeystoneArmy: Zigzagged. Vaseegaran sends viruses into the evil!Chitti army by hacking just one of them. It doesn't quite take, until Vaseegaran finds evil!Chitti and takes out Bora's red chip, which does the trick.]]
* KangarooCourt: At the end of the movie, [[spoiler:the court sentences Dr. Vaseegaran to death, then Chitti comes in at the last moment (arguing that he himself is evidence) and informs the courts of the red chip and a clip of Dr. Bora saying he's the one behind everything. For pacing reasons, this immediately absolves Dr. Vaseegaran of all guilt then and there with no further discussion regarding the new evidence. They also decide to dismantle Chitti, which doesn't seem to be on their agenda at all until this point.]]
* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:One of the first things evil!Chitti does is trash Vaseegaran's droids.]]
* LargeHam: [[spoiler:Evil!Chitti.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma: Professor Bora. [[spoiler: He finds a way to turn Chitti evil, and evil Chitti proceeds to kill him.]]
* LightningCanDoAnything: Dr. Vaseegaran tries and tries to teach Chitti about emotions. It doesn't seem to take until Chitti is struck by a bolt of lightning.
* LiteralMinded: Chitti.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: A mild case at first. [[spoiler: Then Bora steps in...]]
* [[spoiler:MesACrowd]]
* MoralDissonance: Dr. Vaseegaran [[spoiler: proceeds to brutally "dismantle" Chitti, despite his pleas to be allowed to live, and no one sees anything wrong with it. In fact, he's the only one who seems to regret it and even then he states, it's only because he saw him as his greatest breakthrough. [[DesignatedHero That's our hero, folks]]. What might make this worse is that he had been struck by lightning earlier and was behaving more human after this, possibly suggesting that a deity had given him life.]]
* MoreDakka: Evil!Chitti is holding 50 rifles at once. Your argument is invalid.
** Actually justified with [[spoiler:the evil!Chitti Ball-O-Death, since every {{Mook}} has one rifle.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Rajnikanth isn't just the first-billed actor in the OP, he's UBER-CREDITED as [[InsistentTerminology SUPERSTAR RAJNI]], with every letter flying in the viewers face, one at a time.
* MundaneUtility: Chitti ends up doing hair styling, henna hand art, a pedicure... All lampshaded when Bora starts misleading Chitti.
* TheMusical: Of course. It's Bollywood.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Chitti rescues a naked girl from a burning building. Traumatized by the exposure (and by the photographs taken by jackass reporters), she runs into the street to get hit and killed by a bus. Dr. Vaseegaran excoriates Chitti for not finding something with which to cover her. Being a robot, it never occurred to him that such a thing would matter. However, it didn't seem like there was much that he could cover her with, plus Chitti probably only had seconds to spare. This might also be a case of ValuesDissonance for westerners, though they could still understand why the girl was so traumatized.]]
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot
* PlayingAgainstType: Evil!Chitti is notably Rajnikanth's first villainous role ''after thirty years''.
* PlugAndPlayTechnology: Chitti can recharge from home power lines and car batteries, and stream his vision to [=TVs=] using wifi... and somehow needs to carry a handphone seperately.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Happy Diwali [Festival of Lights], folks!" *opens fire with fifty guns*
* PoliceAreUseless: Downplayed. While the Indian military doesn't do well against evil!Chitti, their tactics are good by movie standards and they do at least distract him.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The evil!Chitti army [[spoiler:in their cobra form.]]
* RuleOfCool: What makes the action scenes possible.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Chitti's SelectiveMagnetism relieves a bunch of thugs of their weapons ''and'' their bling, which makes Chitti resemble a Hindu war god.
* RulesLawyer: Dr. Vaseegaran manages to get Sana back early in the movie by being one of these.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Chitti, halfway through the movie.
* ScaledUp: [[spoiler: One of the forms that evil Chitti and his duplicates take when they magnetize is a giant snake, which proceeds to do decent damage against the Indian army.]]
* SelectiveMagnetism
* SerialEscalation: The action scenes. How much? [[spoiler: After evil!Chitti makes duplicates of himself, he ends up having an entire army of totally obedient and nearly indestructible minions. At the final confrontation, they magnetize and come together to form a giant sphere of bullet-flinging death! Then they form a spinning column that trashes tanks and infantry alike! In the best tradition of multi-stage level bosses, they then form a giant snake that eats cars! But even this isn't enough, and the finale sees them take the form of a giant Chitti made out of hundreds of normal-sized Chittis. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yysbbPStfWw It has to be seen to be believed.]]]]
* ShoutOut: To Creator/IsaacAsimov and his Three Laws of Robotics, and many, ''[[ReferenceOverdosed many]]'' [[ShoutOut ShoutOuts]] to the ''{{Terminator}}'' movies. Oh, and one of the more primitive robots is off-handedly referred to as [[StarWars R-2]].
** When Vaseegaran [[spoiler:masquerades as an evil!Chitti Mook, he gives himself the serial number [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42]].]]
* TheStoic: Vaseegaran. If it wasn't for the Kilimanjaro song, you couldn't even ''tell'' this was good ol' Rajnikanth.
* TechnologyPorn: The opening has enough for one movie... and then the rest of the movie starts.
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler: When Vaseegaran is forced to destroy Chitti, Sana tells him "it's just a machine, you could make hundreds more". [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Well]]...]]
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: [[spoiler:Vaseegaran beats the evil!Chitti army by capturing one and hacking into it. It's designated no. 013.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: Siva and Ravi, Dr. Vaseegaran's assistants.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw1_5EURqtA The Japanese trailer]] basically fastforwards through the entire movie.
* UncannyValley: {{Invoked}} to distinguish Chitti from Vaseegaran, [[ActingForTwo as they are both played by the same guy.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Vaseegaran's parents aren't as freaked at seeing Chitti as you'd expect.
* VisualPun: The [[spoiler:evil!Chitti]] giant cobra attacks with rifles in its mouth. It's a ''spitting cobra'' - just spits lead instead.
* XMeetsY: ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' crossed with ''TheTerminator''...in India!
* WeHaveReserves: [[spoiler: Chitti eventually duplicates himself to an insane number and '''annihilates''' the Indian Army.]]
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Vaseegaran's parents were thinking of naming their second child Chittibhabu if they had one. Vaseegaran goes with just Chitti.
* WilhelmScream: Heard as the evil!Chitti army forms a pyramid tall enough to ''pull a pilot out of his own helicopter.''
* WilliamTelling: With a ''revolver''.
* [[spoiler:WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds]]: [[spoiler: Rejected by the woman he loves and dismantled by his creator, Chitti is a good example of Woobie-dom. Then Professor Bora installs the destruction chip, and things go crazy.]]
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler: Professor Bora's fate, when he tries to stop Chitti from going rogue.]]
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