2.0 Review: There’s More to the Rajinikanth Movie and It’s Akshay Kumar

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2.0 Review: There’s More to the Rajinikanth Movie and It’s Akshay Kumar

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n India, a superhero film is never allowed to be just that. Instead, a home-bred venture must include a medley of genres – from romance and drama to comedy and musical. The stakes are even higher when it’s a superhero film starring Rajinikanth.

In addition to these existing hybrids, the superhero tale is also contrived to slickly incorporate “Rajinisms” – as witnessed in Shankar’s Enthiran where the superstar played a double role as the scientist and his villainous robot. Its sequel, 2.0, which has been in the making for over three years, obediently takes forward the tradition of allowing Rajinikanth’s stardom to take over and define every aspect of the film. 2.0 is at once, a comedy, a vigilante film, a socially conscious drama, an action adventure, a sci-fi spectacle, a romance, and a superhero film. And Rajinikanth plays saviour, vigilante, underdog, romantic hero, action hero, comic hero, and a superhero – in four starring roles plus innumerable mutated versions of them.

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