Not Tamil, it’s an Indian film: Shankar on ‘2.0’

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Filmmaker S. Shankar, here with the team of his 3D sci-fi entertainer “2.0” for a grand audio launch, says he wants it to be known as an Indian film instead of a Tamil project.

 

The team — including Shankar, megastar Rajinikanth, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman, actress Amy Jackson and producer Allirajah Subaskaran of Lyca Productions — came in helicopters for a press meet at the Burj Al Arab.

 

Akshay was asked how excited he is about making his Tamil foray and that too as an anti-hero. But before he could answer, Shankar responded: “I would like to say it’s not a Tamil film, it’s an Indian film”.

 

It led to a loud round of applause for the filmmaker, known for movies like “Sivaji: The Boss” and “I”.

 

Then, Akshay, the ‘Khiladi’ of Bollywood, said: “What I was supposed to say, Shankar sir has already said. Yes, I am playing an anti-hero, but it’s been an honour to get beaten by Rajini sir. It’s a great and different experience I have had while doing this film.

 

“I always say, Shankar sir is not a director, he’s a scientist and the movie that he has made… it’s unbelievable what he wants to say through this movie. Because of the contract, I can’t speak much, otherwise I would have loved to tell you guys the whole story… I’d rather keep my mouth shut.”

 

Rajinikanth, dressed in white, was welcomed with much cheer.

 

He thanked God, and said he is thankful to the producer and director for casting him in the “prestigious” film.

 

“It’s really going to be a prestigious picture… The people of India and Indians in overseas also will appreciate it, I have the confidence,” said the iconic star, lovingly called ‘Thalaivar’.

 

Rahman praised Shankar saying: “I’ve seen him evolve, and he’s a new person. He’s adapted to the new technology and knows the importance of the soul of a story.”

 

Amy also said it’s a movie of Hollywood standards.

 

A sequel to the 2010 Tamil blockbuster “Enthiran”, the film “2.0” has been made on a lavish budget. Akshay will be essaying the prime antagonist in the film as an eccentric scientist called Richard, while Rajinikanth returns as scientist Vaseegaran.

 

Its 2.0 audio launch will be held here on Friday.

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Mallika Dua’s father slams Akshay for vulgar joke

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Comedienne Mallika Dua’s father and journalist Vinod Dua on Wednesday slammed actor Akshay Kumar for making a vulgar remark at his daughter.

 

“I am going to screw this cretin Akshay Kumar for telling his co-worker Mallika Dua that ‘Aap bell bajao, main aap ko bajata hun’ (You ring the bell, I will bang you)… This is his sense of humour and language… Star Plus… Wake up,” Vinod wrote on Facebook.

 

He posted alongside it a clip from the shoot of popular comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”, in which Akshay made the remark.

 

Mallika also shared the clip on the social media site and wrote: “Hey! Quick question. Does anyone find 5:26 funny? Charming? Entertaining? Family entertainment. GEC.”

 

Vinod told IANS: “I don’t expect an apology from Star Plus as they have not aired this episode. But I expect an apology from this fellow (Akshay).”

 

Akshay is a Super Judge on the show. He made the remark when Mallika’s fellow judge Zakir Khan asked Akshay that they will also accompany him to ‘ring a bell’ as a mark of appreciation for contestant Shyam Rangeela, who mimicked Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

This act was not aired on the channel and is part of extra footage, according to a source.

 

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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha review-Manages to raise a stink but gets preachy

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review

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There is a point of no return in the plot when we, the audience, become so immersed in the protagonist’s crusade for a better tomorrow that we are cheering and stomping our feet in encouragement for that bright sunshine-drenched tomorrow of which Sahir Ludhianvi dreamt in Pyaasa and Phir Subah Hogi.

Our protagonist Madhav’s battle is not really reformatory in the way the great heroes of our times meant it to be. In Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Satyakam, when the protagonist Dharmendra marries the rape victim, he does it with the least amount of self-congratulations. In Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Akshay Kumar’s mission to build a toilet for his wife is compared with Shah Jahan building the Taj Mahal for his wife.

I wonder who should feel more affronted by such flamboyant self-glorification: Moghul history or Modi politics. Either way, there are too many self-congratulations and heroic hurrahs playing at the foreground of this eventful drama, accompanied by an over-punctuated background score.

 

Akshay Kumar means business. This film is not so much a vehicle to promote the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat campaign as to promote Akshay Kumar, period. He milks the film for all his trademark chuckles and giggles, making Madhav seem like a Basu Chatterjee hero with a certain sly and smooth sinewiness to his heroism.

 

It is debutant director Shree Narayan Singh who proves you don’t need extra sinewiness to shine in every frame. He is the Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee of our times. He makes hygiene and sanitation seem humorous without trivialising or tempering the issue. The sorority evidenced among the village women as they troop off in the morning for nature’s call is captured with a respectful laugh.

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