Rajnikanth
Rajnikanth

Battling all odds, filmmaker Shankar has finally begun shooting for his sci-fi thriller, 2.0, starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in Chennai. The sequel to his 2010 film, Enthiran (Robot), which starred Rajiniknath and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, was initially slated to kick off in early December, but was deferred following the death of TN Chief Minister J Jayalalitha. The successive schedule too was affected after the city was hit by heavy rains, which wreaked havoc on the sets.

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar

Shankar's nephew and the film's executive producer, Pappu Shankar, tells hitlist, "The delay was primarily because of the December rains that destroyed the sets. Then came Christmas and New Year. The film's crew, which comprises Western technicians for special effects, had to leave for the holidays." Pappu adds since shooting for a film with special effects is time consuming, the team decided to postpone the schedule to January 17.

Rajinikanth look in the film
Rajinikanth look in the film

Yet, as fate would have it, that schedule, too, had to be deferred owing to protests in the city for Jalikattu, which found support from Tamil celebs, including Rajinikanth.

Akshay look in the film
Akshay look in the film

2.0 finally rolled on Tuesday with Rajinikanth and Amy. The makers will release the first teaser in April, close on the heels of the Tamil New Year.

The film, which will also have a Hindi and Telugu version, is apparently made on a budget of R350 crore, and sees Akshay in a negative role. The first look of the film, which is set for a Diwali 2017 release, was unveiled in November in Mumbai.