"I felt that in all his movies with every other new thing,
he never forgets the common man. He keeps in mind how a layman
would be humoured, what will be entertaining for the common
man and what will be the sense of fantasy for the common man.
He brings all those elements in his cinema and more. That's
why probably you know you would call entertainment as his signature,"
Shankar has made the film in two languages - "Robot"
in Hindi and "Endhiran" in Tamil - and they are releasing
Oct 1. Apparently, made at a budget of Rs.175 crore ($38 million),
it's the costliest Indian film ever.
It was a long-awaited opportunity for the actress to work with
southern superstar Rajnikanth and Shankar together.
"There were lots of wonderful ideas we could have collaborated
on and we could have worked together, but my schedule didn't
permit. When 'Robot' came, we were more than happy, the schedules
kind of worked out.
"Even with Rajni sir, there had been several attempts
to work together, but with him again, the schedule didn't permit.
I think when we all came together for a film like this, it allowed
me to explore a technically way ahead film. So it was obviously
a very exciting opportunity creatively," said Aishwarya.
Asked about her experience of working with Rajnikanth, she
said: "Just like everyone I had seen and read about his
work. We have enjoyed his work as an audience. So to actually
get to see him in person every day and see how simply he does
it has been an experience. The way he quietly comes to the set
and surprises you with his shots, just brings a smile to your
face, which is wonderful."
After doing exponentially high budget films - "Jodhaa
Akbar", "Ravan" and now "Robot", would
she like to do a small budgets film?
"Firstly, I don't say yes to the movie for their budgets;
so that's not really my criteria. My criteria is the director
I am working with, the film, the character, and what I can give
to my audience and hopefully a different Aishwarya each time,"
said the 36-year-old.
Ash has two more films releasing this year - "Action Replayy"
releasing Nov 5, followed by "Guzaarish" Nov 19.
"It has been exciting, the last two years, making these
movies. Now it's time to share our hard work with the audience.
I enjoyed sharing 'Ravan' with my audience. And now I am excited
to share 'Robot' with you all," she said.