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When Rajinikanth was tempted to play Akshay’s bad-guy role in 2.o

Rajinikanth feels that with Shankar’s 2.o, Indian cinema will match up to Hollywood standards of presentation. At the launch of the first look of the Tamil film, a sequel of Endhiran, he added that Akshay Kumar is the hero of the film.

regional movies Updated: Nov 21, 2016 16:20 IST
Superstar Rajinikanth along with Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan at the launch of the first look of 2.o in Mumbai on Sunday.
Superstar Rajinikanth along with Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan at the launch of the first look of 2.o in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI)

Superstar Rajinikanth believes his upcoming Tamil science-fiction actioner 2.o is not a prestigious film just for its makers but for the entire Indian cinema. “I enjoyed working on this film. This subject is very unique. This is not just a prestigious picture for the producers, director Shankar or the unit but it’s one for the whole Indian cinema,” Rajinikanth said in Mumbai at the first look launch event.

He’s confident the Rs 350 crore mega budget film will match Hollywood standards.

“Despite our (Indian cinema’s) technical excellence and the financial strength, we could not reach Hollywood standard yet. But I’m confident this film will reach Hollywood level. It’ll be a film our entire Indian film fraternity will be proud of,” he said.

Rajinikanth, AR Rahman, director Shankar, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Amy Jackson pose during the launch of the Rajinikanth’s 2.o first look in Mumbai. (PTI)

Rajinikanth plays doctor-scientist Vaseegaran in the film, which is a sequel to his own 2010 blockbuster, Enthiran.

Akshay Kumar is being introduced as the antagonist and he plays a scientist called Richard, who turns into a Crow Man after an experiment goes wrong. Talking about Akshay’s role in the film, Rajinikanth said he was quite tempted to play Akshay Kumar’s role. He added that Akshay is the real hero of the film. “If given a chance, I would have played Akshay’s character. He is the real hero of the film,” Rajinikanth said.

Talking at the event, Akshay said: “Director Shankar said my role will be difficult but I enjoyed it. The subject is very unique. I’m sure this film will reach the standards of Hollywood.”

Also starring Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain, the film is being completely shot in 3D, and is slated for Diwali 2017 release.