2.0 - Film review

As always, I witnessed the frenzy and frolic during the FDFS today (29th Nov) for the Superstar Rajinikanth film 2.0 (also known as #2Point0) at Rohini Cinema, Koyambedu at Chennai. I have been watching FDFS of Thalaivar (as we popular address him) films for over 35 years and it’s a given thing that wherever I am or whatever I do the day before release or the next day, I must watch the First Show. We reached at 3.30 am (yes, that’s right) at the Cinema to witness the celebrations his ardent fans hold. Here’s a glimpse.

The film started at 4am sharp and was welcomed with thunderous applause. Given that Superstar Rajinikanth’s last two films were with Pa. Ranjith and revolved around social issues, fans (and critics) have been waiting and wanting to see the magic that Director Shankar could weave after his 2010 release Enthiran (Robot in Hindi) with the Superstar which went on to be one of the biggest hits during that time in Indian Cinema. While 2.0 has been in the making for over 3 years, its Investor (yeah, Id like to call them so) Lyca Productions have patiently waited and have given the space, time, resources and funds required to produce India’s biggest blockbuster at a whopping Rs. 510 Crores. Incidentally, most of the Investment has been taken back by Lyca through Distribution to Cinemas via Distributors, Satellite Rights and the new-found love for OTT Apps through Amazon Prime as a partner. Shankar has not revealed much about the film before its release though it was touted to be a sequel to Enthiran. 

The film starts with a brisk pace and it is Superstar from the 5th minute of starting all the way up to the end credits and the last scene which lasts for over 2 minutes. The Trailer has already revealed a bit about the dangers of harmful radiation from Mobile Communication Towers and how a bird takes revenge on humans. It was superb to see the Visual Effects, a first of its kind in Indian Cinema and also the reason why it has perhaps cost so much to make this movie as well as the inordinate time taken too. It’s a simple and neat script, just a dozen characters around whom the film revolves and very crisp to say the least. Akshay has performed his best, especially with so much of make-up and prosthetics while Amy Jackson sticks to her smile and lucid performance.

Director Shankar introduces Chitti ver. 2.0 at exactly 2 hours from the time of the film’s commencement. A R Rahman has performed his brilliant BGM and this is the first film of Superstar without a full fledged song sequence, but for the end credits. Am heading for the next show for the day and another this evening. That’s the magical power of Thalaivar.


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