Chinese production and distribution company, HY Media has picked up mainland China distribution rights to blockbuster Indian film “2.0”. Starring South Indian superstar, Rajinikanth, the film was by some measures the highest grossing movie in the world last weekend.
“2.0” is understood to be the first Rajinikanth-starring film released in China in recent times. Indian films have made impressive inroads at the Chinese box office in the past couple of years, led by Aamir Khan-starring titles “Dangal” and “Secret Superstar”, which grossed $193 million and $118 million respectively. Amitabh Bachchan-starring “102 Not Out” was released in the past week and has earned $4.09 million in its first six days in China.
Rajinikanth (“Sivaji”, “Ra.One”) plays four distinct roles in “2.0” and is pitched against Bollywood star Akshay Kumar as the antagonist. Directed by Shankar Shanmugam, the film is a sequel to Shanmugam and Rajinikanth’s 2010 hit “Enthiran”, which grossed $50 million worldwide. (RTRS)