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2.0 Surpasses Rs 500 Crores ($70.4mn) Worldwide!

2.0 is an action-packed extravaganza produced by Lyca Productions and directed by Shankar, one of Indian cinema’s most successful filmmakers. 

Superstar of South Indian cinema Rajinikanth returns in the leading role of Chitti and is joined by Hindi screen megastar Akshay Kumar (Pad Man, Gold) and British actress Amy Jackson (Singh Is Bling, Supergirl).

The film has surpassed a record Rs 500 crore (USD $70,487,045) worldwide in its first week alone.

It will be taking this week’s number one spot at the international box office from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and becoming the second highest grossing Hindi film ever.

2.0 has also become Rajinikanth’s most successful Hindi film and is set to become Akshay Kumar’s highest earner.

The film has been heralded as the new standard for India’s blockbusters with impressive effects, a captivating narrative and dynamic action sequences. 

Shankar’s latest extravaganza is set to break further records as the widest 3D release for a foreign film in history as it heads to 52,000 screens in China with 40,000 screens in 3D.

Considered a magnum opus for director Shankar, the film combines action-packed set pieces to rival Hollywood blockbusters with a thought-provoking environmental message to create a memorable film experience for the whole family.

Shot entirely in 3D, 2.0 promises to grab audiences and bring them into the world of Chitti.

2.0 is a world-class visual spectacle boasting some of the best special effects in Indian cinema.

The film’s visual effects were handled by the award-winning effects studio Double Negative (Dunkirk, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Avengers: Infinity War), who have five BAFTAs and four Oscars to their credits for films such as Inception, Blade Runner 2049, and Interstellar.

Award-winning Hollywood VFX company Rhythm & Hues (The Golden Compass) also worked on key visual effects sequences in the film.

2.0’s Hollywood pedigree is also evident in the costumes and makeup.

Animatronics, special make-up and practical effects like Akshay Kumar’s striking bird-like visage were created by renowned studio Legacy Effects (Iron Man, Avengers).

Meanwhile, costume design was handled by industry veteran Mary E. Vogt (Batman, Men In Black) and Quantum.

The music for the film has been composed by the legendary Academy Award winner AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire).

The film follows Professor Vaseegaran (Rajinikanth) years after the deactivation of Chitti (Rajinikanth) and his new humanoid robot Nila (Jackson) as they uncover a mysterious new element wreaks havoc across the city known as the fifth force.

But when a connection arises between the fifth force and the sinister Professor Rajan (Kumar), Vaseegaran decides it is time to resurrect and upgrade Chitti to face a new threat.

Audiences across the globe have never been more excited about a big screen battle between Indian cinema greats Rajinikanth and Kumar.

With Hollywood level special effects, spectacular visuals and a dynamic story with a message, 2.0 is moving ahead to become India’s biggest blockbuster.

Produced by Lyca Productions and directed by Shankar, 2.0 is in Cinemas nationwide in the UK in 2D and 3D.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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