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Shankar’s emotional tweet on Indian 2 tragedy

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Tragedy struck hard on the sets of Indian 2 after three people lost their lives in an accident that took place recently. The film’s director Shankar had a narrow escape and he was left in deep shock after the incident. Shankar spent several sleepless nights after the accident and posted an emotional tweet expressing his heartful condolences and prayers to the families of the deceased.

“It is with utmost grief, I’m tweeting.Since the tragic incident,I’ve been in a state of shock & having sleepless nights on the loss of my AD & crew.Having missed the crane by a whisker,I feel it would’ve been better if it was on me. Heartfelt condolences & prayers to the families” posted Shankar. The shoot of the film is kept on hold as of now. Kamal Haasan, Kajal, Siddharth and Rakul Preet Singh are the lead actors in Indian 2. Lyca Productions are the producers.

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Buzz: Shankar to direct Prabhas?

After the super success of Baahubali, Prabhas gained pan Indian stardom. Though Saaho failed to recreate the magic, the film collected decent numbers across the North circuits. Now, several filmmakers are in plans to cash this by working with Prabhas. Telugu360 already reported that Prabhas is keen on signing a Hindi or a pan Indian film soon. The latest speculation making rounds is that South Indian sensational director Shankar is in talks with Prabhas.

This big-budget project will roll next year once the duo wraps up their current commitments. Made on a massive budget, Dil Raju will bankroll this prestigious project. Dil Raju already holds the dates of Prabhas and was in talks with Shankar from a long time. More details about this pan Indian project will be announced officially soon.

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Buzz: Reliance joining Shankar’s Indian 2

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After the completion of the first schedule, the shoot of Indian 2 was kept on hold due to budget issues. Strong speculations are on that Shankar is not in a mood to quote the estimated budget. The film’s producers Lyca Productions decided to back out if Shankar stays calm. In this while, the film’s lead actor Kamal Haasan turned busy with his political activities. The issue will get sorted out in the meanwhile thought everyone.

The latest news is that Shankar is in talks with Reliance Entertainments and if everything goes well, Reliance will take over the project from Lyca. Shankar is in planning the schedules and the shoot commences from June. Kajal Aggarwal is the leading lady and Anirudh Ravichander is the music composer. A big announcement will be made soon.

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Indian 2 : Shankar and team silent on rumours

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Indian 2 is touted to be the sequel to Shankar and Kamal Hassan’s blockbuster vigilante thriller Bharateeyudu ( Indian). The principal shooting commenced in January this year. The project is constantly in news since its launch and the latest rumour in Tamil media is that Shankar has put the film on hold due to budget issues.

It is widely speculated that the makers of Indian 2 are apprehensive about the fact that Kamal Hassan’s current market doesn’t weigh on the budget that was projected by Shankar. It is a known fact that Kamal Hassan’s recent films failed to succeed at box office. So, they are not willing to pump in such lavish budget on the project. Further, it is rumoured that Shankar is planning a multi-starrer with Vijay and Vikram Kumar.

Though these rumours are rife in media circles, Shankar and team are very silent on them. There is no official statement about the progress of the project. Kamal is currently busy with his political commitments. It remains to be seen if the team responds on these rumours and comes up with a clarification to put an end to all speculations.

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Mega Speculation: Megastar and Shankar to team up?

Megastar Chiranjeevi is clear and is focused on films. He is sweating out for his next film Syeraa that will release during Dasara. Soon, Chiranjeevi will team up with Koratala Siva for a social drama and several top directors like Trivikram Srinivas, Boyapati Sreenu are in race to work with Megastar Chiranjeevi soon. The latest speculation that is making rounds across Filmnagar is shaking Telugu cinema fans.

Mega producer Allu Aravind is currently in talks with South Indian sensational director Shankar for a project. Megastar Chiranjeevi is likely to play the lead role in this big budget film if everything finalizes. If things fall in place, the film starts in 2020. More details awaited.

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Indian 2 : Older , Wiser, Deadlier

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Universal star Kamal Hassan is reuniting with director Shankar after two decades for the sequel to his blockbuster vigilante drama Bharateeyudu. The film has been tentatively titled as Indian 2 and Kajal Aggarwal has been roped in as the film’s leading lady.

Announcing the start of this much awaited sequel, Shankar revealed a striking poster of Kamal Hassan’s look as Senapathi. The image is captioned ‘Older, Wiser , Deadlier’ which hints that the lead character will be more intense in the sequel compared to the first part. Kamal Hassan played dual roles in the first part and Senapathi turned out to be one of the iconic characters ever. Senapathi fights vigorously against corruption and corrupt officials in the government.

Once again, Shankar is going to deal corruption in the present day scenario with this sequel. The regular shooting will commence from tomorrow and the film is slated for release next year. Anirudh Ravichander is going to compose the soundtrack.

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2.0 (All Versions) All India 3 days collections

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2.0 collections

2.0 continued to do well in North & decent In Telugu States where as Tamil Nadu continued to be a disappointment.

All India combined, the film has collected a distributor share of 29.5 Cr on third day taking three days total share to 91 Cr.

In terms of Gross, the film has collected 59 crores on it’s third day taking three days all India gross to 173 Cr. As usual, North India has been the highest contributor with 29.5 Cr gross. Tamil Nadu is the biggest surprise for the film has it is underperforming big time. It has collected 34 cr in three days in Tamil Nadu which is just 2 cr more than recent biggie Sarkar’s first day collection. The costs are pretty high in Tamil Nadu as the film has to do at least 100cr distributor share where as it has collected a little over 20 cr so far. It has showed good jump in Karnataka on third day which has taken three days total to over 18 cr gross.

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2.0 Movie Review , 2point0 Live Updates

2.0 Review Rating Tamil Telugu Hindi

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2.0 Final Report :

Shankar and team delivered a Box-office winner in the form of ‘2.0’.

First half is average , second half is good AND last 30 minutes pure VFX Extravaganza ! Story wise not much to rave about , Shankar’s mark in effectiveness or Emotional connect has been limited to Pakshi Raja ( Akshay ) ‘ s flashback and that episode is the soul of the movie.

Background score is of international standard , can be rated 10/10 throughout ; Graphix / VFX work will WOW common audience but it is patchy at times , on a whole satisfactory. Rajini’s charishma has been used in last episodes.

Overall , Given the big names behind and Commercial elements put together 2.0 delivers a boxoffice winner !

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7:15 AM Dont miss the post titles scene

7:05 AM ‘ Yantrapu Lokapu sundarive / Endhira Logathu Sundariye ‘ song at the time of rolling titles !

6:50 AM Climax grandeur is outstanding , VFX team has done some good work. Shankar plays to Rajini’s image as well

6:30 AM After Pakshi Raja flashback ends , movie is back to proceedings of Chitti Vs Pakshi Raja

6:15 AM Social message conveyed by Akshay Kumar flashback is good , and of typical shankar mark !

6:05 AM Akshay Kumar flashback time. He has been introduced as an ornithology professor

2.0 Interval Report :

First half of 2.0 is OK. Spectacular visuals. While VFX Work & Background score are good. A lot is dependent on 2nd half

6:00 AM Rajini , Chitti build a device to counter the evil forces , Interval block reveals Akshay Kumar’s face

5:45 AM Finally government agrees to re – launch Chitti. First confrontation scene between the cell-phone bird and Chitti came out well

5:30 AM In a high profile meeting , Rajinikanth proposes to government to bring back dismantled robot CHITTI to combat the situation !

5:15 AM Rajinikanth tries to find out the reason behind the cell phones disappearing case.

5:00 AM In Entire city ..Cell phones fly out , disappear from owners’ hands . Police department is clueless

4:40 AM : Titles VFX work , backgroud score are slick. Movie opening scene is on Akshay Kumar

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4:30 AM Much awaited extravagant film ‘2 Point 0 ‘ premier show begins ! Titles !

2.0 Movie – Telugu360 Live updates from world’s first premiere show begin at 6PM EST WEDNESDAY New York Time. Keep refreshing this page

Superstar Rajinikanth’s 2Point0 is all set to take the box office by a storm from this Thursday. Touted to be the most expensive Indian film, which is loaded with heavy duty VFX and CG effects, 2Point0 is directed by Shankar. Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar are essaying prominent roles in this science fiction thriller which is said to be the follow up to the 2010 blockbuster Robot.

2Point0 is going to be the ultimate showdown between the humanoid robot Chitti and the fifth force led by the crowman played by Akshay Kumar. The breathtaking trailers and teasers filled with eye popping visuals and strong technical bravura have triggered a solid buzz among audience and trade circles. The film is all set for a grand opening in different languages all over the world.

With nearly 500 Crores at stake, 2Point0 is going to be the cynosure of all eyes. Can the film repeat the gargantuan success at box office like Baahubali. Let’s find out.

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2.0 lands in controversy for mobiles shown in bad light

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2.0, the country’s biggest motion picture landed into troubles after several cellular companies lodged a complaint against the movie for showing the usage of mobile phones in bad light. After the trailer showcased the disappearance of mobiles and the lead antagonist Akshay Kumar calling the people using mobiles as murderes, controversies triggered. COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) wanted the censor board to re-examine the film in this angle. A close source from the team of 2.0 clarified about the controversy. Here are the excerpts from the source about the controversy:

2.0 has nothing to say against cellular companies.

A limit has been set on the radiation emitted and the film explains how the companies are flouting it.

Several birds and animals are getting affected because of the radiation which is the major theme of 2.0.

2.0 reveals about certain guidelines that are implemented globally and that are to be respected across India.

The film’s producers ‘Lyca Productions’ are one of the largest mobile companies across UK and they are not here to make a film against mobile phones on such a lavish standards.

Shankar and his team have always done responsible films and 2.0 is an out and out commercial package and will have no scope for controversies. The film delivers a strong social message.

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Shankar lauds SS Rajamouli for the first time

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Sensational director Shankar is one of the top directors of South Indian cinema and he soon made his waves in Bollywood too with films like Indian and Robo. After the humongous success of Baahubali franchise, SS Rajamouli has been widely lauded and the film broke all the existing records of Indian cinema. Shankar during his recent interviews never lauded SS Rajamouli or Baahubali franchise despite of being asked about the film.

Some of the top web portals published about this. Today during the trailer launch of 2.0, SS Rajamouli’s video byte wishing the team of 2.0 has been screened and soon Shankar lauded Rajamouli. “I am a huge fan of Rajamouli and you are the pride of Indian cinema. Thank you very much for the video byte” said Shankar during his speech. 2.0 is said to be made on a massive budget of Rs 550 crores and is releasing on November 29th across the globe.

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Shankar reveals about the exact budget and real reason for delay in 2.0

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Sensational filmmaker Shankar is known for his master storytelling and his films have massive scope for VFX work. His next outing 2.0 is made on a budget of 75 million USD revealed the makers and it is gearing up for November 29th release. Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar played the lead roles in 2.0. Shankar during his recent interaction with a leading news portal revealed some exclusive updates about 2.0. Here are some of them in his words:

The total budget of 2.0 is in between 70 and 75 million USD which even includes the publicity costs. The final budget will be figured out later and the makers announced a round figure of 75 million USD as the budget.

We haven’t planned the film on such huge budget and it is because of the VFX work, the budget got heaped up.

About one third budget of 2.0 was spent for VFX work and the film has 2100 VFX shots.

With the budget limitations and commercial boundaries, we have restricted ourselves. Else 2.0 needs much more in terms of budget.

We allotted the VFX work to an American company which ended up bankrupt. It is because of this, the film’s release has been pushed several times.

We then allotted the work to another company which promised to deliver the complete output by January 2018. It is then we planned a grand audio launch in Dubai, but things got delayed again.

After a series of delays, 2.0 is releasing on November 29th. AR Rahman delivered some stunning background score for the film and I was completely satisfied with his work.

Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar turned Superstars because of their dedication and hardwork. They are never late to sets and they work everyday like it is their first film.

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Director Shankar jealous of Baahubali success?

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Director Shankar is getting ready with 2.0, which is sequel for his earlier movie Robo. He gave an interview to an English Channel and Telugu audience who saw that interview felt whether Shankar is jealous of Baahubali success.

He gave an elaborate interview to English Channel and spoke about several things. When the interviewer asked him about Baahubali, Shankar did not even acknowledge the question and answered it in his own way. It happened twice during the interview. Even when the interviewer asked him that because of Bahubali, market for South Indian movies in Hindi belt is increased, he responded to that question without uttering the word Bahubali. He told, his movie 2.0 will increase the market for South Indian movies in Hindi belt states further.

It’s no doubt that, Shankar is very great director and even Rajamouli acknowledged that he is still mesmerized by the way Shankar uses technology in his movies. But Shankar always compares himself only with directors like James Cameron and his movies with Hollywood movies like Avatar.

When he was releasing Robo in Telugu, Chiranjeevi attended the audio function and during that Robo promotions he spoke a bit about Magadheera , saying it was the costliest South Indian film before Robo and Robo surpassed Magadheera in terms of cost. Maybe when he comes here to promote 2.0 Telugu version, he may speak a bit about Bahubali.

Anyway, if he had spoken a bit about Bahubali in National media, that would have been even more graceful.

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Shankar to direct another science fiction thriller

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Master storyteller Shankar is currently awaiting the release of his long delayed visual extravaganza 2 Point O which is the follow up to his 2010 blockbuster science fiction drama Robot. After the release of 2Point0, Shankar will commence his next project Indian 2 which is going to be the sequel to Bharateyudu.

In a recent media interaction, Shankar revealed that he is once again planning to do another science fiction thriller after wrapping up Indian 2. He clarified that Indian 2 will be devoid of VFX and other visual effects and will be without any graphic work as it will cause more delay to the project.

Shankar also announced that his next film after Indian 2 will be another sci-fi drama with an interesting backdrop. More details about this project are yet to be revealed.

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2.0 turns out to be a nightmare for Shankar

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With VFX effects playing a major role in big budget action films, directors like Shankar and Rajamouli had to wait for the arrival of VFX file after wrapping up the final shoot. Rajamouli several times revealed that he spent sleepless nights during Eega and Baahubali as the films had huge dose of VFX work and he had not control on the output of the VFX effects. Now Shankar is facing the same situation currently with his next film 2.0. He wrapped up the shoot of 2.0 last year but the film is yet to hit the screens due to the delay in the VFX work.

Shankar is not new to graphics and VFX as he did wonders during his initial days for films like Jeans and Premikudu. Robo is a visual feast and Shankar received wide applause for his work. But things have been completely tough for 2.0. Shankar allotted the work to a US based VFX company which ended bankrupt after which he approached another company. There has been delay in the VFX work and Shankar recently imposed a deadline to wrap up the entire work by October 15th.

With lot of pressure from the makers and lot of stake involved, Shankar is left sleepless. Over Rs 540 crores have been spent on 2.0 which is named as the costliest Indian film till date. The makers recently announced that the film will release on November 29th. Shankar and his team can release the film as per the plan only if they receive the final VFX output by October 15th. With nothing much to do, Shankar is just waiting for the arrival of the final draft of the VFX work.

Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar are the lead actors in 2.0 which has been produced by Lyca Productions. The film will release in multiple languages in 3D.

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Master storyteller completes 25 years in cinema

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Shankar Shanmugam, one of the most celebrated filmmakers in South India, has completed 25 years in cinema. Widely popular as a pioneer of message oriented films, Shankar made his debut as director in 1993 with Arjun’s Gentleman. Immediately, he bagged a chance to direct Kamal Haasan in ‘Indian’ ( Bharateeyudu) which emerged as a blockbuster hit of 1996. From then, there is no looking back for this master storyteller who has a unique style of blending social values with commercial elements in his movies.

Till now, he directed 11 films and worked with top stars like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Vikram. He is also known for introducing latest technology in South cinema. His penchant for innovation was clearly evident in Rajinikanth’s Enthiran ( Robot) which released in 2010. The spectacular CG and VFX effects in this science fiction thriller have been lauded on international stage several times.

Shankar is now keenly awaiting the release of his highly anticipated tentpole film 2 Point 0 which is gearing up to hit the screens in November this year. The Rajinikanth – Akshay Kumar starrer is billed as costliest India film ever. Next year, he is planning another big budget social drama with Kamal Haasan and this is going to be the sequel to Indian.

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2Point0 pushed to 2019 ?

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Master storyteller Shankar never compromises on quality of his films. He usually takes a lot of time for the post production activities to bring out the best viewing experience. This is the reason why his upcoming film 2Point0 has been postponed several times due to the extensive VFX work.

2Point0, which was supposed to release last year, has been pushed to this year and has already missed out a couple of dates announced by the makers. While there has been a lot of anticipation for film’s release in the second half of this year, it is now rumoured that the delay in VFX and CG work might push the film further.

According to the latest buzz in Tamil media, the film might only make it to cinemas in 2019. However, an official confirmation is yet to be received on this buzz.

The post production activities are happening simultaneously in different countries and the makers are spending a bomb on the technical aspects of the film. Rajinikanth, Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar are playing important roles in the film.

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Shankar’s update on 2Point0 raises further doubts

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Rajinikanth starrer 2Point0 is easily the most awaited tentpole film this year. Tipped to be India’s costliest film ever, 2Point0 involves a lot of CG work and VFX effects. The shooting has been wrapped up long back and the post production activities are in full swing in different renowned studios worldwide.

2Point0 is tentatively scheduled for release in mid April. However, Shankar’s latest update has raised doubts on the film’s release.

Shankar updated that teaser work is currently happening in Los Angeles and revealed that the date will be announced once the CG work is done. It looks like there is still considerable amount of work left to be completed.

With just two months to go for April, many are in a doubt whether the team can wrap up the production formalities in time and cause for Summer release. The film was initially supposed to release in January, but was postponed due to pending CG works.

So if they miss out the Summer season, it is going to be very difficult for the producer to find an ideal release date.

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Shankar ropes in acclaimed writer

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That hit-maker Shankar will reunite with Kamal Hassan for the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster social drama Bharateeyudu is a known news. Lyca Productions will bankroll the film on a staggering budget.

According to the latest reports in Tamil media, Shankar has roped in acclaimed writer Jeyamohan to pen dialogues for the film. Incidentally, Jeyamohan is also working for Shankar’s 2Point0. Impressed with his work, Shankar has once again brought him on board for Bharateeyudu 2.

The pre production activities are in full swing and Shankar will start working on it once he is done with 2Point0.

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Finally, 2.0 producer responds on rumours

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Over the past one week, media circles are abuzz with rumours regarding the postponement of Rajinikanth’s much anticipated science fiction thriller 2.0. The makers have earlier announced that the film will release on January 25, 2018. However, it has been widely speculated that the delay in CG work has prompted the makers to push the release date to Summer.

Now, Raju Mahalingam, the creative head of Lyca Productions responded to the ongoing rumours in media. He asserted that there is no change in the release date as of now and added that the team is working hard to wrap up the post production activities.

So, it looks like the film is on track for release on January 25 as announced earlier.

Directed by Shankar, the film has Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in important roles. The film will release in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages. AR Rahman composed the tunes.

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Much awaited film postponed again ?

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Rajinikanth 2.0 release

It looks like the release of India’s costliest film, 2.0 is going to pushed again due to the delay in the post production activities. Starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson, 2.0 was initially supposed to hit the screens in 2017, but the makers have decided to release it in January 2018 due to the delay in extensive CG and VFX works.

Now, the latest buzz in the industry circles is that the film’s release might be pushed to Summer next year as there is a lot of CG work to be done and it might not be completed by January. As of now, the makers are tight lipped about the postponement. We have to wait for an official confirmation on this news.

Directed by Shankar, 2.0 had its audio launch event in a grand style recently in Dubai. AR Rahman is the film’s composer.

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