The post production works of Shankar's 2.0 is currently progressing in Chennai. The film, a sequel to his 2010 sci-fi thriller Enthiran, stars Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in lead roles. 2.0 also marks the Tamil debut of Akshay Kumar as the main antagonist. Produced by Lyca Productions for a whopping budget of Rs. 450 crore, 2.0 is said to be the costliest Indian film till date.
In a recent interview, Raju Mahalingam, the COO of Lyca Productions said his film is India's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
"2.0 is truly a Make In India - themed film. The film has been entirely shot in Delhi and Chennai. As a group, we are UK-based. But we decided to shoot everything in India this time. This movie will be India's 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', the internationally acclaimed Chinese movie. The climax was shot in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi and the rest in EVP film city in Chennai. The attempt to give a futuristic feel to the movie has resulted in high production costs, but the quality of filming will make many Indian cinemas shift to 3D screens.
Generally, movies are shot in 2D and then converted to 3D. This movie is shot using 3D techniques. This is being done for the first time in India. Animatronics technology and use of helicams to show action scenes between Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar will be among the visual high points of the movie. Composer AR Rahman, cinematographer Nirav Shah, VFX designer Srinivas Mohan, who had earlier worked in Baahubali, and Oscar award winning sound designer Resul Pookutty are working on Robot 2.0", Raju Mahalingam said.
2.0 also stars Amy Jackson, Kalabhavan Shajon and Adil Hussain and is scheduled to hit the screens on Diwali day this year.