As reported earlier, director Shankar is overseeing the post-production work of his ambitious project 2.0 starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson.
The film which was shot on a mammoth budget of Rs 400 crore, went on floors two years ago.
Deccan Chronicle reports that the makers of 2.0 are planning to hold a grand event in Hyderabad in the third week of February, to launch the Telugu teaser of the film. Simultaneously, the Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam teasers will be out on YouTube.
The makers want to make this event a star-studded affair, and are planning to invite several bigwigs from the film industry.
Reportedly, the makers have decided to invite Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi, Malayalam superstars Mohanlal and Mammootty, as well as some big names from Bollywood.
Earlier, it was announced that 2.0 will release worldwide on April 14. However, according to latest reports, we hear that the release has been pushed to April 27.
The final release date is expected to be announced at the grand event in Hyderabad.
If film can set record even after film release means then it should be 'Mersal'
Mersal is creating records from time to time even when they released first look, twitter emoji, teaser, aalaporan tamizhan single & even after release whole country took a look on GST ISSUE & now it being telecasted in Zee Tamil on ocassion of Pongal & already whole tamilnadu glued to the channel there is no doubt in creating new TRP records to make more special for the first time in television history channel played Aalaporan Tamizhan song for twice & this should be first kind during a movie premiere & it added extra celebration among thalapathy fans Mersal is the film where it should be noted it is celebrated in two festival season from Diwali to Pongal.
The music composer added that anyone who could provide people with basic facilities – be it Rajnikanth or anybody else – was welcome.
Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman, speaking at the curtain-raiser of his grand event ‘Netru Indru Nalai’, celebrating his 25 years in the movie industry, said that Tamil Nadu needs a stronger leadership for the betterment of its people.
The musician added that there are several matters in the state that need attention – better infrastructure is required, farmers issues need to be addressed and music and arts ought to thrive. He said that anyone who can provide these facilities – be it Rajinikanth or anybody else – is welcome, provided they are strong leaders.
He also opened up on working with AR Murugadoss, with whom he is teaming up for the upcoming Thalapathy 62 starring Vijay. Rahman said fans can look forward to hearing a soundtrack that is completely different from what he created for Mersal.
The music director also praised Murugadoss, saying he picturised his songs very well, and that it would be a pleasure to work with him.
The last time the duo teamed up was for the 2008-blockbuster Ghajini. The songs in the album are still ranked among AR Rahman’s greatest hits.
The musician made his debut with Mani Ratnam’s Roja in 1992, which catapulted him to instant fame. He went on to win several awards and honours including the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Tamil, and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Music Director. Soundtracks composed by him have been listed in TIME's "10 Best Soundtracks of All Time” in 2005.
The Netru Indru Nalai concert is scheduled to take place on January 12 in Chennai. He had said earlier, “The people of Tamil Nadu are always special and performing before them in my 25th year is a privilege. I’d like to say thank you to all of them on this occasion.”
Rajinikanth’s sci-fi thriller 2.0 will have its digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video.
The movie, also starring Bollywood star Akshay Kumar in the role of an antagonist, is a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran. Shankar is returning as the director for the film, which is being produced by Lyca Productions.
According to a statement, the subscribers of the streaming giant will access to watch the film in multiple languages such as Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Vijay Subramaniam, Director, Content, Amazon Prime Video, said, “With this momentous deal, Amazon Prime Video further enhances its robust Bollywood and regional content library.
“Amazon Prime Video is happy to join hands with Lyca Productions for the exclusive streaming rights for this mega blockbuster film. Both, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar are phenomenal actors with an unbelievable fan following that will soon get the chance to stream the sequel of Rajnikanth’s memorable movie on their favourite streaming device,” he added.
Amy Jackson, Sudanshu Pandey, Adil Hussain and Kalabhavan Shajohn complete the supporting cast. Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman has composed the music for the project, which is said to be India’s most expensive film with a budget of Rs. 450 crore.
Subaskaran Allirajah, Chairman of the Lyca Group, said, “Making movies is my passion. We are here to produce great movies. I hope these investments will take Tamil and Indian cinema to world-class standards.”
The film is expected to hit theatres in Summer next year.
ACCORDING TO THE INDUSTRY GRAPEVINE, SHANKAR AND LYCA ARE AWAITING KAMAL'S NOD.
If the industry grapevine is anything to go by, actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will preside over the audio launch of superstar Rajinikanth’s 2.0, slated to take place this Friday in Dubai, as its chief guest.
Apparently, Shankar and Lyca Productions, the makers of 2.0, want Kamal to attend the event and they’re awaiting his final nod. The event is all set to be organised on a never before seen scale. Rumour has it that a VIP table at the event costs a whopping Rs. 6 lakh and the organizers have already sold out all the tickets.
Tickets for the event were sold out in a few hours as audiences are looking forward to the live performance of A.R Rahman with bated breath. Rahman will perform songs from the album on the occasion for half an hour.
While the film has just one song, a duet featuring Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson, the album is rumoured to have five songs and Rahman will perform all the tracks on Friday at Burj Khalifa where the highly anticipated event will take place.
Rumoured to be made on a budget of over INR 400 crore, 2.0 unites Shankar and Rajinikanth for the third time. Although most of the talkie portion has already been completed, the makers postponed the release to ensure high-quality VFX output. Over 15 studios from across the globe are simultaneously working on different portions of the film. Also starring Akshay Kumar as the antagonist, apart from Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey, the film will be released in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu in January 2018.
Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar's 2.0 to have audio launch in Dubai: Exclusive details about the mega event
The spectacular audio launch of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar-starrer 2.0 will be held at Dubai's Burj Park — a sprawling 11,300 sq mtr lawn just a stone's throw away from the 160-storeyed Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world.
The audio launch will take place on 27 October at Burj Park, and the team has also organised a press conference on 26 October at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the world's third tallest hotel. 2.0's makers, Lyca Productions decided to leave no stone unturned to make this the best audio launch event ever for an Indian film.
The makers have earmarked Rs 12 crores to establish the audio launch as the first-of-its-kind movie-related ceremony. AR Rahman will perform live at the event, apart from a host other exciting performances and stage shows.
The teaser of the movie, which is being helmed by maverick director Shankar, will be unveiled at another massive event in Hyderabad, on 22 November, at the Shilpakala Vedika auditorium. The trailer launch of the film, which also marks Bollywood star Akshay Kumar's Tamil debut in the role of a villain, will be held in Rajinikanth's home city of Chennai in a third, huge event. Though the trailer launch date is not finalised yet, the makers are reportedly trying to plan it for 12 December, to coincide with Rajinikanth's birthday.
While the talkie portion of 2.0 was completed a while ago, director Shankar is gearing up for the final song shoot which begins tomorrow. Amy Jackson, who plays an important role in the film and is collaborating with Shankar for the second consecutive time after Vikram-starrer I, has been rehearsing for the song over the past few days. The track will be filmed on Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson.
"The team has already initiated talks with Twitter, Facebook and Google for possible collaborations. An official announcement of each partnership will be revealed at regular intervals over the next few weeks. Apart from launching a dedicated emoji on Twitter, audiences can also expect certain new things on the micro-blogging platform for the film," informs a source in the know.
Made at a whopping budget of Rs 400 crores, 2.0 has music composed by Rahman. Cinematographer Nirav Shah, who has joined forces with Shankar for the first time, has shot the film in stereoscopic 3D.
"With stereoscopic 3D, which comprises two camera pods and multiple cameras attached to each pod, it's easy to obtain pristine, native 3D images instead of the conventional 2D to 3D conversion process which takes place in the post-production," the source adds.
CJ Sarachene, best known for working in popular Hollywood films such as Chronicles of Narnia and Night at the Museum, is managing the animation effects in the movie. While national award-winning VFX expert Srinivas Mohan, who earned rave reviews for his work in the first installment of the Baahubali series, is taking care of the visual effects, academy-award winning technician Resul Pookutty is working on the sound design.
The makers recently released a 3D featurette to bring audiences up to speed with the technology. "I was mesmerised when I saw the first shot in 3D on the screen. I watched it repeatedly,” said Rajinikanth in the making-of video. While Akshay Kumar noted working in 3D was much harder than he imagined, director Shankar reiterated that they have made the film in 3D, not as a gimmick but because the script demanded it.
Rajinikanth will return as Dr Vaseegaran, and the evil robot Chitti in this sequel and Akshay Kumar is said to be playing the role of a scientist named Dr Richard. The satellite rights of the film, which is Asia's costliest natively acquired 3D project ever, have been bought by Zee Network for Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi languages at Rs 110 crores. Amazon Prime has reportedly secured the digital rights to the film for a pricey sum.
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