S Shankar is coming up with Endhiran, the highest budget
ever in Indian film industry and the film has surpassed the budget
of the Bollywood high budget film Blue(2009).
Earlier, the movie was titled as Robot but Shankar
could not continue with the English title due to the present tax
exemption of the state government. So, some other alternative
titles were suggested such as Iyandhiran or Iyandhira. Later it was
confirmed that the title of the movie would be
There was a lot of confusion regarding the casting of the film.
In July 2007, Shahrukh Khan was signed as the male lead and the
producer of the film. But later in October 2007, both Shahrukh and
Shankar called off the project due their personal conflicts with
the script. Talks were going on to sign either Ajith Kumar or Aamir
Khan to do the film but in January 2008, Rajinikanth was roped
Several heroines including Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone,
Asin Thottumkal, Trisha Krishnan, Shreya Saran, Priyamani and
Nayantara were approached for the female lead. But finally it was
Aishwarya Bachchan, who bagged a role in the film with a huge fee
of 6 crores.
Danny Denzongpa was signed for the lead antagonist and comedians
like Santhanam and Karunas were signed for some cameo roles. Manoj
Bharatiraja, son of the noted film-maker Bharatiraja is the
assistant director. Manish Malhotra and Mary E Vogt have handaled
the costumes. Music is composed by the maestro A.R.Rahaman. Stan
Winston Studios will be doing the animatronics and the industrial
light and Magic will be working on the visual and the special
effects of the film.
Sun Pictures has bought the film rights from Eros International
for 165 crores. Talks are going on with the HBO to release the film
in the West with English subtitle version. The movie will be
releasing in 14 July 2010.