The theatrical release of Shankar’s 2.0 starring Superstar Rajinikanth and Bollywood A-lister Akshay Kumar is a widely discussed topic among film buffs. 2.0, which is India’s most expensive film ever, was supposed to have hit the screens during Diwali last year. The release date was pushed three times since, citing post-production reasons.
More than a year later, 2.0 is now all set to hit the screens worldwide on November 29. But, meeting the technical challenges to complete the project was not an easy task for the filmmakers. A Hollywood special effects studio that was supposed to deliver the film last year for an October release gave up on the project halfway citing its inability to meet the demands of the film’s VFX.
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“2100 VFX shots were taken for the movie. The footage was given to a company, which in return promised to finish the film before Diwali. But, they were not able to complete the VFX work. Only after they began to work on the project, they realized the scale and depth of this project. And they gave us a new date, based on which we released the audio in Dubai. And yet again they failed to complete the project on the promised date,” Shankar explained in an interview with Vikatan.
Shankar revealed that 2.0 was way too big for the studio in question. The filmmakers were told that the completion may take another year. “When we decided to take the movie to a bigger studio, we realized it will cost us more. And the migration was a big challenge in itself. Transporting all the footage from one studio to another is equivalent to uprooting a big tree and replanting it in a different city,” he added.
Shankar revealed that Rajinikanth has already watched 2.0 and is very satisfied with the final output.
2.0 is the first Indian film to be shot entirely in the 3D format with the help of state-of-the-art technology. In addition to the visual effects, the film is also said to have been enhanced by the most advanced sound technology to date.
The trailer of the movie will be unveiled at a grand event in Chennai today.