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
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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
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2.0 Movie: Review