‘2.0’ review: Shankar’s film is an awesome visual treat

Director: S Shankar

Cast: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain

Rating: ****

Shankar’s larger than life film 2.0 is a one man show as expected and can easily be said to be better than its prequel Robot. This time Chitti (Rajnikanth is back with more swag and more power to him) and each of the developed versions of Chitti (2.0 and 3.0) come with their own delightful characteristics.

Adding to the magical effect is the powerful new rival that scientist Vaseegaran (Rajnikanth) has in this one, Pakshi Rajan (Akshay Kumar). Pakshi Rajan has acquired superhuman powers after he meets with death while fighting for his pet passion, the survival of birds. Pakshi Rajan, an obsessive bird lover, is worried about their extinction, because of  the harmful rays emitted by the use of mobile phones. Pakshi Rajan swoops down on Chennai to take away all the mobile phones, thus disrupting the entire system. He is ruthless and he could go to any extent to save the birds, even at the cost of human lives. At the request of the home minister (Adil Hussain), Vaseegan, his personal robot Nila (Amy Jackson) and Chitti come to the rescue as Pakshi Rajan goes around creating havoc everywhere. Another scientist Dhinendra Bohra (Sudhanshu Pandey) is not too happy with Chitti being brought back to life and hence tries creating trouble for Vaseegaran.

Shankar, the master storyteller that he is, creates a visually stunning world with fantastic visual effects. 2.0 at the budget of Rs 500+ crores is said to be the most expensive Indian film and it seems totally justified when you see the quality of the VFX. It is difficult to peel your eyes away from the screen even for a second as Shankar goes about using his awesome imagination to narrate the story. One particular unforgettable scene where Shankar’s technical team has used amazing expertise to morph Rajnikanth’s and Akshay Kumar’s face takes your breath away.

Rajnikanth is yet again in his element, and gets more stylish with the 2.0 and 3.0 version of Chitti. Akshay Kumar is fantastic.

Don’t miss this film. Shankar’s films are truly a cinematic experience so it would be a crime to not watch it on the big screen.