Directed by: S. Shankar
Starring: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain
Music by: A. R. Rahman
Genre: Action, Thriller, Sci Fi
Release date: 29 November, 2018
Budget: ₹543 crore
Running Time: 148 Minutes
After facing a threat that is beyond the current understanding of science, the Government seeks the help of scientists. Dr. Vaseegaran suggests to assemble Chitti to fight against it.
2.0 is an upcoming Indian science fiction action thriller film written and directed by S. Shankar, co-written by B. Jeyamohan, and produced by A. Subaskaran. The film serves as a spiritual successor to the 2010 Tamil film Enthiran, and features Rajinikanth reprising the roles of Dr. Vaseegaran and Chitti, alongside Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson. With an estimated budget of ₹543 crore, it is the most expensive Indian film made to date.
The film is shot in Tamil language and will be released in 14 other languages with dubbed versions. A teaser of the film was released on 13 September 2018, followed by a trailer which released on November 3. The film is set for a worldwide theatrical release on 29 November 2018.
2.0 Movie: Production Development
The commercial success of Enthiran (2010) prompted the makers of the film to immediately consider making a sequel. By March 2011, the original film’s cinematographer, Rathnavelu, revealed that initial pre-production work on a sequel had begun with the same technical team. S. Shankar, the director of Enthiran, moved on to work on Nanban (2012) and I (2015) and planned to reunite with the same producers as the original was released, with Shankar revealing that he was unsure if the film “will happen at all” during an interview in 2014. While finishing the production of I, Shankar drafted the scripts of three more feature films, including a sequel to Enthiran.
Pre-production work for the film was reported to have started in June 2015 with Lyca Productions deciding to finance the project. Along with Shankar and Rajinikanth, composer A. R. Rahman and editor Anthony remained on the development team for the sequel, while Jeyamohan was added to help write dialogues. Shankar also began briefing the film’s art director T. Muthuraj and visual effects supervisor V. Srinivas Mohan about their involvement in the film. Shankar had initially inquired about K. V. Anand’s availability. This was before Nirav Shah joined the technical team as a cinematographer in mid-2015 and visited specialist studios in the United States to research filming methods for 3D shoots. Jeyamohan finished work on the script of the film in September 2015 and revealed that the story would be a direct continuation of the 2010 film, with filming only set to start following the completion of Rajinikanth’s commitments in Kabali (2016). The original film’s dialogue writer, Madhan Karky, helped Jeyamohan on some of the more technical dialogue in the script. A press release coinciding with the start of the film’s shoot also revealed that Resul Pookutty would handle sound designing, Legacy Effects would take care of animatronics work, and Mary E. Vogt would design special costumes. Stunt choreographer Kenny Bates and visual effects specialists John Hughes and Walt Jones were also signed to work on the film. In June 2016, Pookutty revealed during film production that it would not serve as a sequel to Enthiran but rather a spiritual successor.
2.0 Movie: Casting
Shankar held initial discussions with Kamal Haasan, Aamir Khan, and then Vikram about portraying a further role, though none of the three actors signed on to appear in the film. Subsequently, the team held talks with Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger for the role, who agreed to work on the film for a record remuneration. The makers then opted against signing Schwarzenegger, though there have been conflicting reasons regarding this decision. British actress Amy Jackson signed on to work on the film in October 2015 and visited Los Angeles as a part of the team’s pre-production work. In late November 2015, Rajinikanth also travelled to Los Angeles to meet the film’s producers and complete costume trials and initial motion capture effects work for the film. After further negotiations with actors including Hrithik Roshan and Neil Nitin Mukesh, the makers signed on Akshay Kumar to portray the role for which Schwarzenegger was initially considered.
Sudhanshu Pandey joined the cast of the film during March 2016 and revealed that he would portray a scientist who is the son of Professor Bohra from the original film. Adil Hussain began working on the film in July 2016, and, as a part of his role, undertook extensive research into the life of news reporters. In September 2016, Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Shajohn confirmed that he had tried out for a role in the film after Shankar was impressed with his performance in Drishyam and had signed him on.
2.0 Movie: Music
A. R. Rahman composed the music of the film. The soundtrack has Tamil and Hindi versions along with a Telugu dubbed version. It includes three songs, the song “Pullinangaal” was released on November 6th 2018. The audio was launched on 27 October 2017 at Burj Al Arab, Dubai.
2.0 Movie: Trailer
2.0 Movie: Songs
Rakshassi | Abbas Tyrewala | Blaaze, Kailash Kher, Nakash Aziz | 4:12
2.0 Movie: Review
Rajini reloaded, overloaded too
Using technology to drive home a message on overuse of the same might seem like an oxymoron. For isn’t the biggest USP of sci-fi 2.0 its spectacular special effects. So what exactly is the movie all charged up with humanoids trying to tell us? Really, is it on point, as it begins with mobile phones flying out of people’s hands, making walls to suffocate and kill? Indeed, it does not take rocket scientists to decode why telecom operators are up in arms against this Rajinikanth Akshay Kumar starrer.
Granted, scientific advancements are a double-edged sword. And 2.0 that comes riding on VFX effects certainly makes a point or two on adverse impact of mobile phones. Rather valid ones at that. The all too ubiquitous cell-phone after all has turned our lives on its head and the repercussions of mobile towers have been a bone of contention too. Still, what the heck is this force flaying and flying and turning into an albatross around people’s necks, trying to build a death knell with mobile phones for all those who profiteer from its rampant commercial use.
But then we all know the villain of the piece has to be Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar, who arrives only at interval point. Post intermission he gets to do and say a lot. As the old ornithologist we get lessons from him on how birds are so important in our ecosystem and we know he has his heart very much in the right place. As the old man he is not that convincing though, even though words that he utters stem from a deep abiding conviction.
In the demolition mode, he is impressive and catches more than our eyeballs. Frankly speaking he is not antagonist ‘antagonist’ in strictest of terms. But he does unleash destruction and devastation all of which has to be countered by you guessed it; Rajinikanth. Right, and wrong too.
For, it is not the human Rajini as professor Vasigaran who can hold his limitless power but his alter ego. In case you had forgotten the prequel Robot and Chiti, well he comes to life again and this time he has company too by way of Neela, yet another humanoid played by Amy Jackson.
Indeed, the film with actors like Adil Hussain doesn’t come swathed in typical southern flavours, at least not in Hindi version and does bridge the North-South gap. The problem arises when packed with scientific jargon, amidst lessons on actual science there is mumbo jumbo too. Trying to rationalise the incomprehensible and implausible, logic takes a walk and we are left clueless on many counts.
Sure, aura exists but that negative aura of a dead man and dead birds can become a cohesive force and can be neutralised with positive force of radiation…you need to swallow the absurdity of it all with a sack-full of salt.
Special effects are fine up to a point and effective too. But when the film turns into a gimmickry even the mindboggling visuals can’t restore your flagging attention.
If you are not a Rajini fan, you watch his films at your peril. And when it comes loaded with not one but two of them, God save not just Akshay but also all those who have not subscribed to Rajini fan club. 2.0 is essentially Rajini reloaded and raised to the power of infinity. By the time the film ends, there are so many miniature versions of him, minibots that you almost see a franchise of different sorts coming up. Get ready for Rajinibots in the market! Sorry, can’t say the same about the film. Unless, you want to see how VFX is redefining storytelling and how Indian, rather regional cinema is catching up with Hollywood in this department, which is what explains the extra half star.
2.0 IS A BATTLE BETWEEN NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY
2.0 IS A BATTLE BETWEEN NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Hindi version of the film will be presented by Karan Johar. 2.0, produced by Subaskaran and Lyca Productions, will release across India on November 29 in 3D & 2D.