The first look of director Shankar’s multilingual science fiction film 2.0 has created massive anticipation and interest among fans. On one side, there is India’s biggest star at the moment, Rajinikanth, reprising his 2011 Enthiran roles Chitti and Dr Vaseegaran.
On the other side, is the evil ornithologist Dr Richard played by Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar who has an exceptionally interesting slate of films lined up in 2017. Starting from Jolly LLB 2 to Toilet: Ek Prem Katha to Crack to Baby’s prequel Naam Shabana, Kumar is starring in a variety of films. The major negative role in 2.0 will only add an unique edge to his film career so far.

Well now, according to sources, for the first time ever in a Rajinikanth film, another star i.e Akshay Kumar in this case will get top billing alongside Thalaivar. Kumar’s name will feature alongside Rajini’s name all over India in the film’s teasers, posters, trailers and other promotional material.

Now, this is unusual for a Rajinikanth film where only Rajini gets top billing.

Speaking to DNA, a source said, “The thing is, the producers of 2.0 hope to sell the film to the Hindi belt on the basis of AK’s presence there. For all his iconic status, Rajini’s films don’t work in North India. With Akshay Kumar playing the villain against Rajnikanth, the makers of 2.0 hope to make a killing in both the Hindi and non-Hindi markets. Hence the film will be marketed as a two-hero film all across the country.”

2.0 budgeted at Rs 350 crore is the most expensive Asian film till date. Composer AR Rahman has scored 2.0’s music. 2.0 is the 11 collaboration between the director-composer duo of Shankar and AR Rahm