2.0: Not Baahubali, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film may be India’s biggest
Here is why we think 2.0, and not Baahubali, may win the tag finally.
Rajinikanth and Shankar’s magnum opus 2.0 is driving the fandom crazy as the new project will be “Hollywood-level” with VFX, music, cast and direction being top notch. With popular director Shankar Shanmugam working with biggest stars of Indian film industry such as Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson, the film is said to showcase sophisticated technology like its prequel Enthiran, but on a grander scale. Competing with the likes of Baahubali 2 for the title of biggest Indian film in recent times, 2.0 has a lot going for it. Here is why we think 2.0, and not Baahubali, may win the tag finally.
The cast of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar
While we all know that 2.0 casts the legendary Rajinikanth, the film also has Akshay Kumar playing the villain. The ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood Akshay Kumar is making his Tamil debut playing an antagonist. Big actors picking titles across industries is nothing new but starting in an industry with a negative role? It seems the actor is very convinced with the script and his role.
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The money war: Baahubali vs 2.0
We all thought that the historical epic film Baahubali, said to be made on a budget of Rs 250 crore, was the costliest film that an Indian filmmaker has ever made. However, 2.0 is breaking all the records and is touted to be made on a humungous budget of over Rs 350 crore.
Rajinikanth’s 2.0 poster
VFX and graphics
Again, the grand visuals of the S S Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali captivated audience across cross-sections in languages and geographies. It was considered the best the world has ever seen from an Indian perspective. The movie, in fact, bagged the National Award and other multiple awards for its visual effects. However, VFX designer V Srinivas Mohan, who worked in Baahubali and Enthiran, says that 2.0 will have best VFX effects ever.
Characters and costumes:
The characterisation of Akshay, who is playing the maniac villain, Dr Richards, is expected to be a big treat in this film. Akshay’s character, as quoted by 2.0’s writer Jeyamohan, is said to be at par with Christopher Nolan’s Batman baddies, Joker and Bane. The ferocious and the unique costume Akshay wears took him six hours to don everyday.
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Another spectacular thing about the film will be the stunts. The filmmakers are expecting to bring some extraordinary and serious action-packed stunts as Hollywood stunt choreographer Kenny Bates worked closely with the crew. He is famous for his stunts from blockbuster Hollywood flicks including Pearl Harbour, Transformers and Die Hard.
It was a rare occasion when three actors — Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan — shared the same stage at the launch of S Shankar’s 2.0. While the film stars Akshay Kumar as the villain, it was Salman Khan who eventually became the cynosure at the launch. Salman and Rajinikanth share a great rapport and have often praised each other on different platforms. Salman is also often called Bollywood’s Rajinikanth. Look at how Salman surprised 2.0 team by his uninvited appearance on the stage. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)
Salman also had high words of praise for Akshay Kumar. Calling him Akki, Salman said, “He is very talented and hardworking. He is the only actor who has grown further and further while all of us have remained stagnant.” The superstar Khan also praised the first look of 2.0 and said that he was eagerly looking forward to watching the film post its release. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)
The film 2.0 is a sequel to 2010 Tamil superhit Enthiran. While the film is all set to release on Diwali in 2017, it is already making the news. Other than Rajinikanth and Akshay, it also stars Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)
Salman went on to narrate an incident.” We were once doing a shoot together – jumma chumma. And when I went to the bathroom, Rajini garu was there throwing a cigarette and catching it with his mouth. I asked him, “What are you doing?” He said, “There is a lot of wind outside. So I am doing it here.” It was an open air concert and very cold and windy outside. So I went backstage to see if Rajini could catch the cigarette with his mouth in one go and he did it in one single shot.” (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)
Addressing the legend as Rajini garu, Salman said, “I just wanted to see Rajini garu. He is the most amazing man. I have a lot of respect for him. I wasn’t invited but got to know about the launch and came here.” (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)
Just minutes before the brief 2.0’s Q and A with the media was slated to begin, a team member of Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0 rushed towards Akshay Kumar and whispered something in his ear while pointing in the direction of the entrance door. Akshay immediately got up from his chair, walked up to the entrance and welcomed a celeb who seemed to have walked in almost towards the fag end. And while one thought nothing could be bigger than Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar under the same roof, here entered Salman Khan, shocking and surprising all. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)