Home movies Reviews 2.0 movie review: An insanely, illogically fun science-fiction extravaganza

2.0 movie review: An insanely, illogically fun science-fiction extravaganza

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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Home movies Reviews ‘URI’ earns 20 crores in 2 days at box office

‘URI’ earns 20 crores in 2 days at box office

Actor Vicky Kaushal, who is playing the role of an Indian commando in the recently released ‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’, has said the entire film team is going through a surreal feeling that audience has accepted their war-drama film with open arms.

Vicky Kaushal was interacting with media after success of ‘Uri…’ along with his co-stars Mohit Raina and Yami Gautam on Saturday in Mumbai.

The movie is based on the 2016 Indian Army’s surgical strikes inside Pakistan as a retaliation for the Uri terrorist attack.

The film picked up pace on second day and collected 20 crore at the box-office in 2 days.

Vicky Kaushal praised his co-actors and director Aditya Dhar for being part of the film. “I am really happy for the actors and director of the film because it is Adtiya’s (Dhar) first film as a director,” he said.

“In today’s age, it is very difficult for a debutant director to get backing from producers for the story and then get a huge release for his film. Ultimately, when audience appreciates the film then, it’s really special thing for the entire team,” said Vicky.

Yesterday makers of ‘Uri…’ hosted a special screening for the Army personnel. 

“It feels really great when Army men appreciate your film because we have made this film to pay tribute for their work” said Vicky. 

“Yesterday, we hosted the screening for Sikh Regiment. Interestingly, they trained all actors who are playing the role of commando in the film so, it was a special moment for us because during the training, they used to scold us. But yesterday, they were appreciating our performance,” he said.

Asked if his team would like to host a special screening for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, “Definitely.. we would love to, but I don’t think he will have the time.”

The film stars Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Kirti Kulhari, Mohit Raina and Paresh Rawal in key roles. It is produced by RSVP movies and directed by Aditya Dhar.

Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh also posted that glowing word of mouth has helped movie to pick up on day 2 collection making a total collection of 20 crores in 2 days.

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Home movies Reviews Ranveer Singh’s Simmba crosses 200 crore mark. It’s a blockbuster

Ranveer Singh’s Simmba crosses 200 crore mark. It’s a blockbuster

Ranveer Singh’s Simmba has crossed the Rs 200 crore mark at the domestic box office and the movie is officially a blockbuster on the box office.  The film was the last big release of 2018 and hit the theatres ahead of the New Year on December 28 starring Sara Ali Khan as the female lead opposite Ranveer. Simmba also stars Sonu Sood and Ashutosh Rana. The film is Rohit Shetty’s 8th consecutive film to have entered the Rs 100 crore club and is expected become his third film to make it to the coveted Rs 200 crore club.

According to a report  in Boxofficeindia.com, the film collected Rs 5.50 crore on Tuesday, which takes its total to Rs 201 crore. Simmba is Rohit Shetty’s most successful film after Chennai Express and Golmaal Again at the domestic box office. The report also predicts that the film will soon surpass the domestic collections of Shetty’s other blockbusters Golmaal Again (Rs 205 crore) and Chennai Express (Rs 227 crore) this week.

Ranveer said in an interview to Famously Filmfare, “Everything I was born to do, I have done in Rohit Shetty’s film from running at high speed, dialogues, fights to larger than life projection from a low angle on a huge canvas.” Simmba has already surpassed the collections of Ranveer’s earlier film, Bajirao Mastani, and might cross the collections of Padmaavat, which stands at a domestic collection of Rs 302 crore.

Ranveer Singh next film Gully Boy’s trailer with Alia Bhatt is released yesterday and from the trailer its looks like the movie is  another big blockbuster. We must say that Ranveer Singh’s career has taken another jump after marriage to lady love Deepika Padukone. 

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Home movies Reviews Simmba Box office collection Day3: Earns Rs 100 cr worldwide in a...

Simmba Box office collection Day3: Earns Rs 100 cr worldwide in a opening weekend

Ranveer Singh’s Simmba has become his biggest solo hit at the box office. According to estimates, the Rohit Shetty film has netted a total of Rs 76 crore on its opening weekend in India.

Box Office India estimates that Simba box office collection after the first weekend stands at an estimated Rs 75 crore. The Rohit Shetty film made Rs 31 crore on Sunday, growing from strength to strength after a solid debut of Rs 20.72 crore on Friday, followed by Rs 23 crore on Saturday. The report says that film has performed exceptionally well in Gujarat and Mumbai, its leading markets.

The film has made at least Rs 29 crore in international markets, including $1.7million (Rs 11 crore) on its opening weekend in USA and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo. This takes the film’s worldwide total to over Rs 100 crore in its opening weekend, with more international numbers expected.

Ranveer’s previous biggest hits include his three films with now wife Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela, Bajiraro Mastani and Padmaavat, which made Rs 112crore, Rs 183 crore and Rs 282 crore in India, respectively. Padmaavat, his most successful film at the box office, made Rs 114 crore in India on an extended five-day opening, despite the film not being screened in certain markets. It was speculated that the film could have made an additional Rs 35 crore had its release not been impacted by protests.

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