Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar's 2.0 teaser leaked online; producers call it 'heartless act'

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Mar,04 2018 13:30:25 IST

The highly anticipated teaser of superstar Rajinikanth’s 2.0, Rs 450 crore magnum opus, was leaked on Sunday, much to the shock of its makers and fans alike. Within minutes of the leak, the teaser went viral and the video has been circulated on social media and Whatsapp. Calling it a “heartless act”, Soundarya Rajinikanth, filmmaker and superstar’s daughter, expressed her displeasure over the leak of teaser via her Twitter handle. “Leaking content online before the official release not be tolerated or encouraged. This is a heartless act ignoring hard work, efforts and sentiments of the makers for few seconds of excitement.”

Posters of 2.0. Images via Twitter

Posters of 2.0. Images via Twitter

While the makers are yet to zero in on the source of the leak, they’re planning to take strict action against those responsible for the leak. “We’re still not sure how the teaser got leaked. It’s not even the final product as it’s just a raw cut of the teaser with unfinished VFX shots. The entire team is shocked that it was recorded by someone and released online. We’re planning to take strict action against whoever that was responsible for this leak,” a source from the film’s unit told Firstpost. This is the second instance in a span of just few days that a teaser of a Rajinikanth film was leaked. Earlier this week, hours before its official release, Kaala teaser got leaked and the makers were forced to release the official teaser well ahead of the scheduled time.

Being directed by Shankar, 2.0 also stars Akshay Kumar as the antagonist, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain. So far, the makers have only released a couple of posters and a making video. The film’s teaser is expected to be released in a grand event in Hyderabad very soon. However, the makers are yet to make an official announcement regarding the same. Recently, Shankar took to twitter to let fans know that work is currently happening on the teaser. “The teaser work of 2.0 is going on in full swing at Mob Scene, Los Angeles. It involves lot of CG (Computer Graphics), so once it is done, the teaser will be released.”

Meanwhile, the release of 2.0 has been postponed from 27 April. If the grapevine is anything to by, the team is eyeing for a 15 August release. “The VFX work is taking longer than expected because it has been distributed to many studios across the globe. The film has around 11000 VFX shots and each shot is being worked upon with lot of care. Shankar sir doesn’t want to compromise on the output; therefore, he didn’t mind missing the April release date. The team is eyeing Independence Day weekend release. The final date is still being worked out,” a source had told Firstpost.

Updated Date: Mar 04, 2018 13:30 PM