‘2.0’, a costly mag­num opus of grandeur

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IN­DIAN cin­ema has at last de­liv­ered a qual­ity in­ter­na­tional film that can be com­pared with the best that glitzy Hol­ly­wood can of­fer.

2.0, the most ex­pen­sive In­dian movie, was pro­duced at a phe­nom­e­nal cost of over $75 mil­lion (R1 bil­lion) by Lyca Pro­duc­tions headed by Sri Lankan busi­ness­man Al­li­raja Subaskaran and di­rected by Shankar.

With the cream of Kol­ly­wood and Hol­ly­wood tech­ni­cians com­ing to­gether,

2.0 is a qual­ity movie that is en­gag­ing and rates highly in en­ter­tain­ment value. 2.0 has com­pletely changed the face of Kol­ly­wood and In­dian cin­ema. This is def­i­nitely for the bet­ter.

It deals with the mer­ci­less de­struc­tion of bird life through the un­nec­es­sary pro­lif­er­a­tion of cell­phones and their sig­nal tow­ers. Due to un­scrupu­lous cell­phone com­pa­nies in­creas­ing the cell fre­quency rate for bet­ter cell reception, this has re­sulted in the mass de­struc­tion of our feath­ered friends who suf­fer painful and horrible deaths.

As usual su­per­star Ra­jinikanth does not dis­ap­point in the roles of Dr Vasee­garan and Ro­bot Chitti. His trade­mark swag­ger and larger-than-life screen pres­ence will make his fans feel quite elated with his all-round per­for­mance.

Boll­wood star Ak­shay Ku­mar for­ays quite suc­cess­fully into Kol­ly­wood by play­ing the role of an or­nithol­o­gist pro­fes­sor and later as the most dreaded vil­lain in 2.0. He wreaks havoc with ev­ery­one who deals with cell­phones. The make-up depart­ment did a ster­ling job in trans­form­ing Ku­mar into a hated and mer­ci­less vil­lain.

There can be no doubt that Ku­mar will fea­ture in Kol­ly­wood soon.

Bri­tish beauty queen turned suc­cess­ful Kol­ly­wood screen god­dess Amy Jack­son plays Nila, the hu­man-like fe­male ro­bot. Jack­son is a plea­sure to be­hold on the screen. My only wish is that she learns Tamil fully to dub for her­self in her movies.

On the tech­ni­cal front, 2.0 has AR Rah­man com­pos­ing the mu­sic, Ni­rav Shah as the di­rec­tor of photography and An­thony as the edi­tor. Re­sul Pookutty is the sound de­signer, and the mak­ers have used a spe­cial tech­nol­ogy called SRL-4D sound. This stands for ShankarRe­sul-Lyca 4D sound.

Sean Foot, who did the make-up for Avatar, was roped in for 2.0. Kenny Bates, who is famed for his ac­tion scenes in Trans­form­ers, has also worked for 2.0. John Hughes and Walt Jones han­dled the VFX Team, with their prior ex­pe­ri­ences for Percy Jack­son, Life of Pi, and 300. Also, the cos­tumes were de­signed by Ror Ro­driguez, who is fa­mous for his de­signs for TV se­ries Dare­devil and Su­per­girl.

2.0 is an end prod­uct of 25 VFX stu­dios world­wide, 2 150 VFX shots, 1 000 com­plex VFX

2.0’ shots, 1 000 VFX artistes, 10 con­cept artists 25 3D de­sign­ers, 500 crafts­men, 3 000 tech­ni­cians and more.

Oh, and please do not leave the cin­ema au­di­to­rium when the end cred­its role as the movie still con­tin­ues with a hit party song and a Kutti 3.0 ro­bot who men­tions that he is Vasee­garan’s grand­son. Is there a 3.0 in the mak­ing, Shankar sir?

2.0 is a huge movie with a hu­mon­gous bud­get that must be savoured and cel­e­brated by all movie fans re­gard­less of race, lan­guage or creed. This movie is his­tory in the mak­ing… sup­port it with your at­ten­dance in great num­bers. 2.0 is show­ing at Cine Cen­tre Sun Coast daily.

Lachimiah is an ex-pre­sen­ter on Ra­dio Phoenix and two other com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions. He is a sea­soned MC and mo­ti­va­tional speaker and has a deep in­ter­est in Kol­ly­wood movies and mu­sic.

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Ak­shay Ku­mar’s look in

Di­rec­tor: Shankar Cast: Ra­jnikanth, Ak­shay Ku­mar, Amy Jack­son, Adil Hus­sain, Kal­ab­ha­van Sha­jon, Sud­han­shu Pandey Rat­ing: 9.5/10

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