Shankar’s Robot starring Rajinikanth was made at Rs 150 crore. The director has upped the ante with the film’s sequel, 2.0, at a jaw-dropping Rs 350 cr making it India’s most expensive film ever made. The film that once held that title was the upcoming Baahubali 2, directed by SS Rajamouli (at a whopping Rs 250 cr).

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While 2.0 releases on Diwali next year, Baahubali 2 is set for an April release. While Baahubali 2 is a period film and will be released in three languages including Hindi, Tamil and Telugu; 2.0 will be released in several languages including Hindi.

Statement of intent

Trade analyst Amul Mohan says, “I have heard that the budget of 2.0 is Rs 350 crore. It’s a big statement of intent from the South industry. We, in Mumbai, are struggling to make movies at a fraction of that amount. But the budget of 2.0 makes sense as the first film was a worldwide success. And when Rajinikanth teams up with Akshay Kumar, you always know it is going to be a bigger player. But having said that, 2.0 is not a big budget film by Hollywood standards. Rs 350 crore, when compared to a Hollywood film, is nothing, given today’s currency exchange rate. But if anybody can pull it off here, it’s Shankar.” ALSO READ – I shared the same roof with Superstar Rajinikanth and this is how it felt

B-Town gets left behind

According to Amul, both Prabhas’ Baahubali 2 and Rajinikanth’s 2.0 will be competing with each other. “I genuinely feel that the Tamil and Telugu film industry are at loggerheads with each other. There’s much excitement about Baahubali 2 as it’s releasing in April 2017. It’s Rajamouli vs Shankar and Tamil vs Telugu films, more than anything else. That’s the game and why they have such a great and healthy competition to go and outdo each other with the best kind of effects and pushing the envelope. That’s the reason I feel that the Mumbai film industry is a little behind. We are so busy fighting among ourselves, that we are getting left behind in this whole rat race.”

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  • The team of 2.0 Akshay Kumar, Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson pose along with Salman Khan during the first look launch

    The team of 2.0 Akshay Kumar, Rajinikanth and Amy Jackson pose along with Salman Khan during the first look launch

    Salman Khan gatecrashed the event but was happily welcomed by the team of 2.0 during the grand first look launch of the film.

    Image credit: Yogen Shah

  • Akshay Kumar, Rajinikanth and Salman Khan in one frame is too much to handle

    Akshay Kumar, Rajinikanth and Salman Khan in one frame is too much to handle

    Three superstars in one frame is a very rare thing which was witnessed by the audience who attended the first look launch of Rajinikanth’s 2.0.

    Image credit: Yogen Shah

  • Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar in 2.0 will surely set temperatures high

    Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar in 2.0 will surely set temperatures high

    This good looking duo was all smiles at the launch of 2.0 first look. The two who shared a sizzling chemistry together in Singh is Bliing will be seen together again in 2.0.

    Image credit: Yogen Shah

  • Salman Khan and Amy Jackson share an adorable moment during 2.0 first look launch

    Salman Khan and Amy Jackson share an adorable moment during 2.0 first look launch

    Salman and Amy were seen bonding during Freaky Ali and now this. Can someone announce a film with the two together already?

    Image credit: Yogen Shah

  • Salman Khan is all smiles as he stands next to Rajinikanth

    Salman Khan is all smiles as he stands next to Rajinikanth

    Seems like Salman had a fan moment with Rajinikanth at the 2.0 first look launch. Salman looks so happy!

    Image credit: Yogen Shah

  • Karan Johar looks on as Salman Khan charms the audience at the 2.0 first look launch

    Karan Johar looks on as Salman Khan charms the audience at the 2.0 first look launch

    The grand first look launch of 2.0 was held at the Yash Raj studios. Salman Khan gatecrashed the event, took Karan Johar’s mic to charm the audience.

    Image credit: Yogen Shah

On a massive scale

Trade analyst and exhibitor Akshaye Rathi adds, “2.0 will be counted as among the most expensive films in India because of its super expensive VFX, robots and all kinds of creatures. Baahubali 2’s landing cost will be Rs 175-180 crore (approx). The makers of 2.0 have scaled up the budget because of the massive combination of Rajinikanth, Akshay, Shankar and AR Rahman — so they have to play at a scale which comes at a cost. Clearly in terms of VFX and technology, it is being aimed as grand in terms of scale, naturally associated with a filmmaker like Shankar, who made the hugely expensive film. Robot was also massive in terms of mounting and scale. In 2.0, when you add Akshay to the cast, it is bound to leave the audience dumbstruck.” ALSO READ – Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 to have a sequel?

Why is 2.0 so expensive?

The makers of the film announced last year that the production cost of the film was expected to be around Rs 350 crore, making it the most expensive film in Indian cinema’s history.

# Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar, who charges around Rs 45 crore per film, plays the villain.

# Several international technicians and experts were roped in for the stunt sequences. A particular fight sequence in the film alone amounted to Rs 20 crore. This fight between Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar is the most thrilling sequence of the film and is part of the climax.

# It took Akshay three hours to put on the make-up and one hour to remove it. He plays Dr Richards who turns into a crow as a result of a wrong experiment. His drastic make-over was created by Hollywood makeup artist Sean Foot (who has earlier worked in James Cameron’s Avatar) cost the producers a hefty Rs 4 crore. ALSO READ – Dear Karan Johar, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 is NOT Asia’s most expensive film, this Chinese film is

# The first look of Rajinikanth and Akshay was revealed in 3-D at an event in Mumbai last week to attract the attention of the national media. The first look launch itself was done on a budget of Rs 6 crores with gigantic LCD screens all round the venue at the mega launch. The marketing of 2.0 is estimated to be around Rs 40 cr.

Also check out the 2.O poster launch event in the video right here:

(Text courtesy – Upala KBR)