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‘2.0’: An insanely, illogically fun science-fiction extravaganza

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Film: “2.0”; Director: S.Shankar; Cast: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey; Rating: ***1/2

It’s been a long wait for superstar Rajinikanth’s “2.0”, which has finally hit the screens, and it can be said with assurance that it doesn’t disappoint. It takes a socially relevant environment related problem and gives it a science-fiction twist, which results in an insanely and illogically fun film that gets powered by breathtaking visuals and Rajinikanth in his effervescent self.

The wait and the hype have been worth it, and Shankar and Rajinikanth, in one of their most ambitious collaborations, hit this one out of the park and they do it in style.

Set in a world where birds are facing extinction due to high emission of radiation from mobile towers, an ornithologist (Pakshi Rajan), played by Akshay Kumar, takes it upon himself to fight for the cause as he tries to make everyone understand that the world is not just a place for humans. However, when he realises all his efforts are going waste, he seeks revenge and the events that follow form the crux of the story.

Given the scale on which it is mounted, “2.0” works magnificently and even the minor flaws are negligible.

It’s the first Indian film to be shot entirely in 3D, and boy the visuals are a treat to watch on the big screen.

While there are no special elements that elevate the 3D viewing experience, but the visuals are fluid and top-notch.

For instance, the image of a zillion mobile phones giving shape to Akshay’s character and moving like a wave on the ground and in the sky is not just exciting, but flat out terrific to watch and it warrants a 3D viewing.

It takes a visionary to even imagine something as outlandish as this and there isn’t a better example than Shankar in Indian cinema.

“2.0” offers us multiple avatars of Rajinikanth and each version is better and funnier than its previous version. Rajinikanth returns as scientist Vaseegaran, a character he popularised in “Enthiran”, the first part of the franchise. He also returns as Chitti, the robot who later becomes 2.0, an upgraded version.

Vaseegaran and Chitti don’t quite make an impact and play their parts aptly, but 2.0 is the show stealer and Rajinikanth in this avatar charms us with his wit and energetic screen presence.

The action stretch featuring 2.0 and Akshay’s Birdman avatar is undeniably the most insane sequence one could’ve seen in recent times.

Akshay Kumar makes a solid south debut in a negative role but one that tugs at your heartstrings on a few occasions. His flashback episode delivers an emotional punch to what’s otherwise a science-fiction action flick with not much soul. There’s solid reasoning behind his decision to turn evil, and if not for Shankar and his vision, it would’ve turned out to be a joke. The scenes where he transforms into a Birdman are absolutely thrilling visuals that deliver a big bang for bucks.

“2.0” is Shankar’s glorious return to form after the highly disappointing “I” featuring Vikram. He draws us into a world of humanoid robots, artificial intelligence and electromagnetic radiation. Unlike most science-fiction films, 2.0 takes the commercial route to entertain, thus does come across as illogical at places but that’s what makes it insanely fun.

Shankar knows how to go overboard without making his effort look superficial and he achieves it effortlessly in “2.0”.

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My wife tells me I need to calm down a bit: Shahid Kapoor

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Shahid Kapoor says he and his wife Mira have a different approach when it comes to parenting. He says she tells him to calm down a bit when it comes to their two children, while he feels she is “too casual”.

Shahid opened up about his married life, parenting, his film career and more on an upcoming episode of “Famously Filmfare Season 2”, to go live on Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD, Voot and Jio on Sunday, read a statement.

On being asked if being protective about his children was a ripple effect of his parent’s separation, Shahid said: “My wife tells me that I am a little obsessive and protective and that I need to calm down a little bit. I tell her that she is too casual. Having said that, we try and find the middle ground which I think is good for the kids because you need to have both types of parents.

“If both are too obsessive or both are too careless I don’t think that works, so you need to find that balance.”

Shahid and Mira got married in 2015. They have a daughter named Misha and son named Zain.

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Moving away from centrestage is heartbreaking for any actor: Abhishek Bachchan

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Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Abhishek Bachchan’s last few movies before his sabbatical that ended with “Manmarziyaan” were majorly second leads in big budget movies. He says it’s heartbreaking for any actor who has been at centrestage to move away.

Asked how much of a problem it is to stand behind a bigger star, he told filmmaker and “Koffee With Karan” host Karan Johar: “It is heartbreaking to any actor who has been centrestage to be shadowed by another actor in the lead.”

“The industry is a brutal place. I don’t think anyone is entitled to say that I am who I am so I deserve this. No, you have to earn it. Moving from centre to left is heartbreaking but you have to use that hurt to inspire yourself to get back into the centre again.”

In the upcoming episode of “Koffee with Karan”, to be aired on Star World on Sunday, Abhishek was joined on the couch by his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda, a statement said.

Last year, Abhishek was seen in “Manmarziyaan”, which came two years after he featured in “Housefull 3”. He says his sabbatical from the industry was a result of a self-realisation about complacency towards his work.

Karan asked Abhishek: “Is there a reason you took this backseat from cinema, did you feel the pressure of what was happening in your career, that’s why?”

Abhishek replied: “It’s tricky Karan. I don’t think it was the pressure of what was happening. Rather it was more about my approach towards my work which I thought was incorrect. I was becoming very complacent and comfortable.”

“To call a spade a spade, I was part of huge films, huge budgets, huge stars, huge collections, everything was hunky dory. I had no pressure on me because I was standing behind somebody else who takes all the pressure. I was making lots of money and so were those films…it became very easy. I didn’t come to industry to stand behind anyone,” he added.

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Kartik, Bhumi, Ananya in ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’

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Actors Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday will star in “Pati Patni Aur Woh”, an adaptation of B.R. Chopra’s 1978 film with the same title.

Producers Bhushan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra who last produced “Bhoothnath Returns” are glad to have come back together for this film directed by Mudassar Aziz.

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