2.0 audio launch: All the important updates from Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar's Dubai press con
The entire team of 2.0 is gearing up for the grand audio launch in Dubai on Friday, which will feature live performances by AR Rahman, Amy Jackson and Bosco Martis with his troupe of 50 dancers.
The makers of 2.0 revealed important updates at the press conference of the film in Burj Al Arab, Dubai. Held as a prelude to the spectacular audio launch, which is scheduled to happen in Burj Park tomorrow evening, the interaction featured the film's top-billed cast and crew including Superstar Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, director Shankar, A.R. Rahman, Amy Jackson and Subaskaran Allirajah, chairman of Lyca Productions, in full attendance.
"2.0 is not an extended version of 'Enthiran"
Director Shankar said 2.0 is not an extension of Enthiran, putting an end to rumours that the film will be a sequel to Enthiran.
"2.0 has a new format, a unique premise and a new message. The film has made in international standards. It will not look like an ordinary Indian action movie. It's a socio-fantasy, sci-fi actioner," he said.
Shankar said they decided to make the film in native 3D format since the script demanded it. "3D makes the movie-watching experience very exciting. And the movie required the 3D technology. It's not a technological gimmick to invite audiences. After experiencing 2.0 in 3D, Indian viewers would like to watch more 3D films in theatres in future."
Shankar said he waited for almost a year to arrive at the core plot of 2.0. "It's entirely new, but we have all the familiar characters from Enthiran. Although we have made in Hollywood format, 2.0 is not a copy of any Hollywood movie."
Asked about why Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the offer to play the villain role, Shankar explained, "Although we have made the film on an international scale, the message is local. Anyone from the nook and corner of the globe will be able to connect with it. So, we approached Arnold, and we had extensive negotiations with his team. But, things didn't materialise as we expected and there were some difficulties in signing the contract. Then we approached Akshay, and he was very excited to come on board."
"Akshay Kumar is not just an antagonist in the film. There's a lot of shades to his character. He has performed very well, and you can see a very different Akshay Kumar in the film," said Shankar.
2.0 is going to be India's most prestigious film, says Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth, who answered only a handful of questions during the interaction, said 2.0 would be a prestigious Indian film.
"It is going to be India's most prestigious film. It will not only attract Indian audiences but will also equally appeal to all overseas film buffs," said Rajinikanth.
Asked about his down-to-earth off-screen persona, Rajinikanth said, "I don't want to act off-screen because no one is paying me off-screen (smiles)."
Rajinikanth has guts, and he wholly believes in his instincts, says Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar, who plays the role of Dr. Richard in the film, said playing an anti-hero was a very different experience.
"Shankar's not a director but a scientist. It's unbelievable what he wants to say through his movie. Because of my contract, I can't reveal much. Otherwise, I'd love to tell you guys more. If I disclose anything, they will cut my remuneration (smiles)," said Akshay Kumar.
Talking about his preparation for the character, Akshay Kumar said, "I just learnt my lines and performed. I didn't do any specific training. Shankar had done so much of homework, and he had already got into the skin of my character before me. So, I just had to enter into his vision and perform my role. It took me about three and a half hours to apply makeup and one and a half hours to remove the same."
"I've never done something like this. It was a great pleasure to be a part of the film. I have never come across anybody doing like a role like this. I'm so thankful to my producer and director for giving me this character and trusting me," added Akshay.
When asked about his working experience with Superstar Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar raved about his co-star, with whom he is sharing the screen space for the first time. "I've learned many things from Rajini sir. The kind of commitment he has for his movies is unbelievable. I've heard many enlightening short stories from him on sets. He's a such a down to earth person. Even after achieving so much of superstardom, nothing has ever crossed his head. He is always the same lovely human being - The Superstar Rajinikanth. I pray that I get many other films to work with him. I would at least need five more movies with him to learn everything. He's a very jovial man. He has guts and puts his money in places which he trusts. He has instincts, and it's worked all his life."
Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman said there are three songs in the film. "There're three songs in the album. Two tracks will be released tomorrow and the remaining one, later. As we approach the background score, we may have more bit tracks added to the OST."
Amy Jackson, who is collaborating with Shankar for the second consecutive time after I, said she had a fantastic experience working in the film. "It is a totally different character for me from my earlier films. I was ready for the challenge from day one."
The entire team is gearing up for the grand audio launch tomorrow, which will feature live performances from AR Rahman, Amy Jackson and national award-winning choreographer Bosco Martis and his troupe of 50 dancers.
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