Podcast | What’s the Hype Over Shankar & Rajinikanth’s 2.0?

Naa oru thadava sonna, nooru thadava sonna maadhri.

It’s 29 November and for many of you it means one day closer to salary day, but for fans of Rajinikanth, it means one thing and one thing only!

2.0! 2.0! 2.0! The big story of the day is the five big things you need to know about 2.0!

First! Who’s associated with the movie? Well 2.0 boasts a massive star cast. Superstar Rajinikanth of course returns as the iconic Robot Chitti, in the sequel to the 2010 blockbuster, Robot. Amy Jackson plays the female lead Nila.

Akshay Kumar plays the unnamed bad guy. In the trailer he’s simply referred to as “The Fifth Force”.

Kumar was roped in to play the movie’s big bad after talks with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Aamir Khan failed to bear fruit. The movie is directed by Shankar and has AR Rahman providing an almost Hans Zimmer-like score for its action sequences.

Robot, or for Tamil fans who’re listening, Enthiran, featured thalaiva donning the hat of both creator and creation, as he plays master inventor Dr Vaseegaran, and his invention, Chitti the humanoid robot.

Now the sequel to Enthiran looks big, but how big is it? The superstar said that the movie was made on a budget of 600 crore rupees, making it the most expensive Indian movie to date. Budget estimates placed the movie at an overwhelming Rs 583 crore. And of course it’s directed by the one and only Shankar, who’s made other larger-than-life smash hits like Sivaji and Anniyan.

The trailer to the sequel divided fans straight down the middle with people either loving it, or downright dreading it. While some fans are beyond thrilled waiting for the sequel to drop, the buzz around 2.0 hasn’t been all positive.

The movie, like many big budget movies, ran into a spot of legal trouble ahead of its release. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) wrote to the censor board asking it to revoke 2.0’s certification.

Why? The COAI has alleged that the trailers are based on the theme that electromagnetic fields from mobile phones are harmful to living things and the environment.

They say that this would create fear and mass paranoia by spreading misinformation about mobile phones.

But anyway, for those of you who’ve stuck around this far, The Quint’s Vikram Venkiteshwaran and I had an in-depth conversation about the movie and why I’m looking forward to it while he clearly isn’t. We delved a little more into why Rajini’s movies work, and why Robot might fail or succeed. Listen to the podcast for the whole discussion.

Well after all this noise, there’s only one thing left to do, and that’s to get a ticket and watch 2.0 right away.

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