Rajinikanth's 2.0 is a true blue Make In India product with Indian technicians, VFX designers
S Shankar's upcoming science fiction entertainer 2.0 is of national importance not only because it is touted as the most expensive Indian film ever made but also because it will go a long way in promoting the Make In India campaign.
The Economic Times reports that PM Narendra Modi had met the lead actor of 2.0 Rajinikanth before the commencement of the shooting and suggested to him that 2.0 could be a gigantic factor in promoting Make In India and in projecting India as an ideal place for film shooting. Since 2014, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has been setting up film facilitation offices as a single window for all clearances and approvals related to film shooting in the country.
Catch News reports that Rajinikanth's 2.0 is shot completely India, barring a song featuring the Tamil superstar and Amy Jackson. Most of the shooting has taken place in EVP Film City in Chennai and the climax has been filmed in the Jawahar Lal Nehru (JLN) Stadium, New Delhi.
Though the film is bankrolled by the United Kingdom-based Lyra Productions, the technical team heads and majority of the VFX designers are from India. The music composer and sound designer are two Academy Award winning personalities - AR Rahman and Resul Pookutty, who won the award for Danny Boyle's 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire.
The cinematographer is Nirav Shah and the chief VFX designer is Baahubali-fame Srinivas Mohan. The use of helicams and animatronics technology are touted as the highlight of this extravaganza as they will be used to show the action sequences between Rajinikanth's and the antagonist Akshay Kumar's characters.
Kumar is doing yet another film that revolves around another flagship campaign of the ruling government. His quirky romantic comedy, directed by Shree Narayan Singh and titled Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, is slated to release on 11 August. It is based on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
2.0 is the sequel of Shankar's 2010 film Enthiran. It is slated to release this Diwali and will be simultaneously presented in seven languages including Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.