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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Nov 2017 10:07:37


Superstar Rajinikanth is confident that his mega-budget sci-fi thriller 2.0 will be the most prestigious Indian film ever.

“It will appeal to both the global and Indian audiences. Director Shankar has a nice social message for everyone in the film,” Rajinikanth, 66, told at a press conference in Dubai.

The team of 2.0, including Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, A R Rahman, director Shankar, Amy Jackson and producer Allirajah Subaskaran were present at the event.
Asked about his down-to-earth personality, Rajinikanth said, “I don’t want to act in my real-life because no one pays me to act off-screen.”

Akshay, 50, said he had a completely different experience working in 2.0, which is touted to be Asia’s costliest movie at a budget of Rs 400 crore.
“I’ve never done a role like this in my entire career. And, I’ve never seen anyone doing a character like this. It was a whole new experience to play the role of an anti-hero,” said Akshay, adding that Shankar is not just a filmmaker but a scientist with a grand vision.

Director Shankar’s 2.0 is not a extension of his 2010 blockbuster Enthiran, which also starred Rajinikanth.
“2.0 is not an extension of Enthiran. It’s a new film with a new format and a new message. But audiences will get to see their favourite characters from Enthiran in the film. We have tried to convey a message, which is global. Everyone will be able to connect with it,” said Shankar.

He also stressed that 2.0 is not a copy of any Hollywood film. He said the film just follows the Hollywood format in depicting the scale and the vision.

When asked about things that he like and hate in people today, Rajinikanth, dressed in all black ensemble, replied, “What I like is that they are obliged and humble. What I don’t like is that the younger generation is slowly forgetting our own tradition and culture. That’s sad. They should not do this. They should enjoy it and should never forget our culture and tradition.”

Rajinikanth, who has been a pivotal part of the Indian entertainment industry for over four decades, said that he considers everything that he has achieved as “a gift from God”.

While actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was seen romancing Rajinikanth in the first film, 2.0 will have Amy as the superstar’s love interest. The film is slated for a release in early 2018.