2.0 trailer finally out, makers focus on VFX

Shankar’s much anticipated 2.0 trailer us finally out. The 2 minute-long trailer focuses on the VFX of the movie, and shows Chitti’s (Rajinikanth) face-off with the cellphone-hating antagonist Akshay.

Directed by Shankar, the sequel to the 2010 hit movie Endhiran has been made on a budget of around Rs. 450 crores, making it the most expensive film in the history of Indian cinema.

2.0 official trailer

While the VFX work is clearly on display in the trailer, it doesn’t come across as very gripping. May be the makers were under pressure to release the trailer, as their target date has slipped several times in the past.

However, with legends like Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Shankar teaming up, the movie’s release is being eagerly awaited by fan.

‘Khiladi’ Akshay Knocks of Arnold for Villains Role: Paid a Whopping Amount

In the past, several big names were approached to play the negative role – Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger, but nothing concrete emerged out of their discussions.

According to one source, the deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger fell through because of the “Hollywood star’s high remuneration of Rs. 120 crore”. But another source says, “Talks with Arnie failed because there was extensive paperwork involved in getting the ex-governor of California to come and work in India.”

“Shankar had come to me and he wanted me to play the villain in robot. I called Rajini. He said, ‘people will not accept you as a villain, so don’t do it’. I said, okay,” – Amitabh Bachchan said in an interview in Mumbai

Finally, the role of the villain went to Akshay Kumar. A report published in DNA had stated that Khiladi Kumar has charged a whopping Rs 25 crore for doing the film.

Akshay himself tweeted about the development: “Ending the year on a high note! Super excited to be a part of Robot 2 with the one & only @superstarrajini sir!”

Amy Jackson, who was Akshay’s co-star in Singh is Bling, also features in a lead role in the Rajinikanth-starrer bilingual film. Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman will compose music for the film. And with Akshay also stepping in, Robot 2 / Enthiran 2 is as mighty as it gets.

Akshay Kumar spotted on the sets of Robot 2 with Rajinikanth, director Shankar and AR Rahman.
Akshay Kumar in Enthiran Robot 2

“Rajini Sir is the real superstar. I would like to thank Shankar Sir for giving me the opportunity of working with a legend like Rajinikanth. I could’ve never imagined that I will get a chance to work in such a big and costly film like 2.0.

I have done 130 films (in Bollywood). 2.0 was my 131st film. I can only say that during the making of those 130 films, I got to learn little from every film, but I was learning throughout the shooting of this film,” Akshay Kumar.

Pirated teaser released

First, it was the news of a deferred released date of Shankar/Rajinikanth’s 2.0 that disappointed the fans, its now the turn of the makers to feel disappointed – a pirated version of the films’ teaser has been shared on social media.

While most studios release the trailer/teaser before the scheduled time to generate more curiosity, in this case, the leaked version is not from the makers of 2.0 as the VFX for the film still needs to be completed.

The grainy low-definition trailer is shoddy and ill-conceived. There are flying cellphones(yes!) and screaming tyres, but nothing that kicks your adrenaline. While Rajnikanth does his Chitthi act all over again, Akshay Kumar’s villainy looks cartoonish than sinister.

The teaser only had temporary VFX shots and it’s an unfinished product, says the director.

I’m sure this will force the makers of 2,0 to come up with a more inviting trailer at the earliest, else people may think that the sequel is just over-hyped (based on the leaked teaser).

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Shankar’s 2.0 Release Date Deferred Yet Again

The film’s release date has been pushed back further, and the makers are not sure when it will be released.

The film’s release has already been postponed on a couple of occasions in the past.

It was first moved from January 26th 2018 to April 27, and the reason given was that Akshay Kumar’s Padman was relasing around the same time.

Then it was said that the VFX work is taking longer because of which the release has to be postponed.
It has again been pushed forward from April 27 to an undecided date, and Rajinikanth starrer Kaala will be released before 2.0.

So what is the real problem?

We hear that the studio that was doing the major chunk of VFX has gone bankrupt! Now that’s scary.

A source close to the film reveals, “Things began going wrong with 2.0 after the American digital company that was given the task of doing the VFX goofed up and declared itself bankrupt. The entire 3D and other effects had to be done again. But in spite of burning the midnight they could not seem to meet their new target of releasing on April 27.”

Post-production is going on in full swing. Studios from around the world are involved in the VFX work.

Apparently, the 3D and other VFX are not shaping up to the satisfaction of the team. “They are doing their best. And they do not want to compromise on the post-production. But the financial setback that they faced when the American company goofed up the 3D has been a hard blow to withstand. The film has gone grossly over-budget. The main actors Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar have moved on. It looks like it would be a while before the film is completed and released,” says a source.

Shankar 2-0

“The teaser work of 2.0 is going in full swing at Mobscene, LA. It involves a lot of CG, so once it is done the teaser will be released,” director Shankar.

New Poster of Shankar’s 2.0

A new poster of Shankar directed 2.0 is out, you can see Rajinikanth, with both Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in the poster of the movie. “I’ve never done a role like this in my entire career,” says Akshay, who is currently promoting the film in Dubai.

Expensive Movie

Enthiran 2.0 has been made with a whopping Rs 450 Crore budget (making it the costliest Indian film to be ever made).

But then the movie will feature the biggest stars of India (Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar). Oscar Award-winning musician AR Rahman has scored the music, and the VFX designer is V Srinivas Mohan (of Baahubali fame). Srinivas Mohan has already mentioned in his earlier interviews that the VFX of 2.0 will be on par with a Hollywood film. Besides, director Shankar has roped in Hollywood stunt choreographer Kenny Bates (worked for action-heavy flicks like Transformers, Die Hard).

Satellite rights of Shankar directed ‘2.0’ sold for a staggering Rs. 110 crore

Now you know where all that money is being spent.

The good thing for the makers of 2.0 is that they have already begun on a great note. In what could be termed as one of the biggest-ever TV deals in Indian cinema, the satellite rights of 2.0 have been sold for a staggering Rs. 110 crore to Zee TV (deal includes the rights of Telugu, Tamil and Hindi versions).

Rs 6 crore Spent on 2.0’s First Look Event

It was a grand event held at Yashraj Studio, the event was hosted by Bollywood producer Karan Johar and eas livestreamed on the Lyca Productions Youtube channel and its app (first time a film was using modern technology for its first look launch.)

All this definitely came at a cost. At Rs 6 crore (1 million USD), the first look event turned out to be one of the most expensive first look events (the marketing for the movie is reported be Rs 40 crore.)

During the first look launch of Shankar’s 2.0, many expected the spotlight to be on the films first looks (posters), and its mind-blowing star cast – Rajini sir, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, director Shankar and music composer AR Rahman.

After all, a staggering Rs 6 crore were spent on the Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 first look event.

However, Salman Khan gatecrashed (came uninvited) into the event, and took everybody by surprise. But nobody is complaining because it only raised the star-power of the event.

Watch: Salman Khan meets Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar on 2.0’s first look launch

Khiladi Akshay Kumar’s Scary Look for Enthiran Robot 2.0

Lara Dutta, who worked with Akshay Kumar in Singh is Bling, after a gap of several years said that Akshay had matured a lot as an actor. While we all know that he’s the original Khiladi who loves to do dangerous stunts, and also is very good at comedy, Akshay seems keen to experiment with his acting skills. That is probably the reason he agreed to play the baddie opposite Rajinikanth in Robot 2 or Enthiran 2.

Bollywood ‘Khiladi’ Akshay Kumar is play the villains role in Shankar’s Robot 2, opposite Rajinikanth. In the past, we have seen how director Shankar completely transforms his characters (as seen in the movie Robot and then the movie ‘I’); even this time the audience is expecting something extraordinary from the talented director. And going by the leaked images of Akki from the sets, Shankar seems all set to wow cinema-goers with his next one.

Aishwarya Rai in ‘Naina Miley’ song in (Robot)