Enthiran () is a 2010 Indian Tamil science fiction film co-written by S. Shankar and Sujatha Rangarajan and directed by S. Shankar. The film features Rajinikanth in dual roles of a scientist and an android, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as the scientist’s girlfriend. Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam and Karunas appear in supporting roles. The film’s story revolves around the scientist’s struggle to control his creation, the android robot, whose software is upgraded to give it the ability to comprehend and generate human emotions. The plan backfires when the robot falls in love with the scientist’s girlfriend and is further complicated by a rival scientist intent on destroying all who stand in the robot’s way. After being held up in development for nearly a decade, the film was eventually shot over two years, beginning in 2008. It was the first Indian film for Legacy Effects studio, who were responsible for the film’s prosthetic make-up and animatronics. The film’s soundtrack album and background score were composed by A. R. Rahman. Enthiran was released worldwide on 1 October 2010, along with its dubbed versions: Robot in Hindi and Robo in Telugu. Produced by Kalanithi Maran, it was India’s most expensive film at the time of its release. The film received generally positive reviews upon release, with critics praising Rajinikanth’s performance, R. Rathnavelu’s cinematography, art direction by Sabu Cyril and visual effects by V. Srinivas Mohan. It became the highest grossing Tamil film of all time and the highest grossing Indian film of 2010. The film won several awards, including two Indian National Film Awards, three Filmfare Awards and seven Vijay Awards.