2.0 is an upcoming Indian science fiction film written and directed by S. Shankar, co-written by B. Jeyamohan and produced by Subaskaran Allirajah, founder of Lyca Productions. A sequel to the 2010 Tamil film Enthiran, the film will feature Rajinikanth reprising the roles of Dr. Vaseegaran and Chitti, alongside Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson.
As per sources, the makers of 2.0 wanted to sell the Hindi theatrical rights for over Rs 100 crore, but it was a little too much for the distributors to pay, and hence the deal was locked at Rs 80 crore. So much money has been put at stake owing to both Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s pan India reach. Akshay, who is making his Tamil debut with 2.0, is playing the main antagonist in the film. Raju Mahalingam, the Creative Head of Lyca Productions, the company bankrolling 2.0, announced the association with AA Films on Twitter. He wrote, “Glad to announce our association with AA Films. Lyca Productions to distribute the Hindi version of 2.0 through AA films of Bahubali-2 fame.”
It must be noted that 2.0 has already made a business of Rs 200 crore even before its release. The satellite distribution rights of 2.0 has been bagged by Zee Network for a whopping Rs 110 crore. Considering the pre-buzz it has among cinephiles, 2.0 is very likely to set the box-office records on fire.
The film will be released simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. With an estimated budget of ₹450 crore (₹4.5 billion), it is the most expensive Indian film ever made. The film is expected to be released worldwide on 25 January 2018.
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