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Opinion: Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 works largely because of the Monster Size Vision and Ambition of Shankar.
Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 works largely because of the Monster Size Vision and Ambition of Shankar.
Shankar who is known for mega-budget spectacles is back with 2.0, the sequel to 2010 release Robot starring south superstar Rajinikanth, which is loved by the people in general in the north also because of the television reruns. So to make it big at the pan India level after Baahubali, Shankar casts Akshay Kumar as the anti-hero of the film and also joined hands with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Made on a reported budget of over 500 crores, 2.0 definitely look huge on the celluloid. Most of the scenes are jaw-dropping and definitely not ever shown in an Indian film, it is a heavy VFX film where over 2000 shots are made by the visual effects team from the US and in our capacity, the scenes are mostly great. The sci-fi superhero action spectacle is no doubt entertaining and the hard work of the team is visible, be it the BGM of maestro AR Rahman, the direction of photography by Nirav Shah or editing by Anthony. The production design is fabulous too. The film gives wings to Rajinikanth so that he can show his fans what he is known and loved for, that is charm and flamboyance, he at the age of 68 pulls off some very difficult physical challenges which is praiseworthy. Other actors play double or triple roles, and here we see over 1 lacs of Rajnikanth. Even a new version 3.0 is there; watch out for him, I am not going to give spoilers like everyone else. In short, it is a delight for Rajini fans. Amy Jackson is a perfect casting for the role of a domestic robot, she looks absolutely beautiful and performs her actions elegantly, there’s no need of expressions and you know she can’t act so it is a blessing in disguise kind of thing for the film. Akshay Kumar as an ornithologist turned Mobile man turned Birdman is menacing and does justice to his part, in fact, his part is the best thing about the film. We can root for both the Hero and the antagonist that’s the best thing like we did while watching Captain America: Civil War. And yes, the film is India’s first true 3D product as it enhances the movie viewing experience in a big way.
Sudhanshu Pandey is good but his role is just for the convenience of the screenplay, all the other supporting casts are broad-brush including Adil Hussain as the minister. The real hero is Shankar and his monster size ambition and vision, the imagination of the scenes like mobile phones killing the people, taking on against us and then choreographing them are really sensational. Only Shankar can infuse a message in a magnum opus action adventure, which he has done yet again. I felt the explosion of Shankar’s vision is somewhat let down by the budget constraints we have. We all are exposed to Hollywood spectacles now and the VFX is definitely not of that level, I saw the trailer of Aquaman which came before the film and the visual effects in it was better than the entire Shankar film. Nevertheless, this film’s sheer ambition makes it a worth watch at least once. The film is massy and will be especially loved by the youngsters those who love action and the kids, families will not find it that pleasing. Yes, the film has some major demerits, unlike the predecessor Robot where it had romance, good songs, emotion, and comedy, 2.0 lacks everything there’s nothing to connect. Shankar’s story is thin plotted it somehow runs only on the screenplay by B. Jeyamohan and the magically choreographed scenes. In the climax, the movie looks dragged for some time and Shankar’s patent vigilante theme is present here also and now it looks overdone. He is doing it since Indian which released in 1996. I can’t say about the Tamil version but the Hindi dubbing is very uninspiring, the movie’s core premise is inspired by Kingsman: The Secret Service and for some scenes inspirations are drawn from Power Rangers, Transformers and even Ant-Man. So if you don’t see Hollywood’s Marvel and DC superhero films then this is it, all in all, it is a very good entertaining one time watch for everyone. Go watch it, I am going with 3.8 stars out of five.