I Watched 2.0 So You Don’t Have To, Here Is The Review!

film 2.0 review
Courtesy: Hindustan Times

The film 2.0 directed by Shankar Panicker, is the most expensive Indian movie to date. Bollywood has tried numerous times to dip its’ toes in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category but has often missed the mark. With 2.0, Bollywood has produced a film which surpasses all the others in this category, especially in terms of the visual effects coupled with the 3D format it has been released in.

Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson are playing the lead roles in this film, and all of them have done a good job. However, Rajinikanth has stolen the show, playing not one and not two, but three roles, doing them justice as well, to add to his achievements. The plot of the film is interesting and aims to convey a social message, one which will become clearer as we discuss the movie in greater detail.

The movie begins with a man hanging himself while being surrounded by birds. Soon after this, mobile phones from people’s hands start flying around, forcing the authorities to declare a state of emergency.

A point to remember before we move forward is that this film is a standalone sequel to the movie Enthrian, where we were first introduced to the humanoid robot Chitti (played by Rajinikanth). When the movie begins, Vaseegaran (also played by Rajinikanth) is revealing his new humanoid robot, Nila (played by Amy Jackson) who is supposed to be loving and caring.

The movie broke several records, something which persuaded me to watch the movie:

Vaseegran’s previous creation, Chitti is currently dismantled after his violent 2.0 version was released in the previous film. As the mobile phones become seemingly self-aware, Vaseegran urges authorities to allow the reassembling of Chitti, but this is strongly opposed by Dhindera Bohra, whose father was killed by Chitti, an event which took place in the previous movie.

As the mobile phones grow in number, fatalities ensue, leading to Chitti’s reassembly gaining permission. Now here, things get slightly more technical.

The phones have formed a bird and Chitti is trying to stop them. What he finds is that the metallic bird cannot penetrate an area which is surrounded by transmitters, which normally exude a positive charge. This leads him to the conclusion that the force which is driving the mobile phones is coming from a dead person, as they exude a negative charge. Using this logic, Chitti and Vaseegran defeat the bird.

As the movie progresses, we are told that the aura belonged to Pakshi Rajan (played by Akshay Kumar) who was previously an ornithologist. He noticed how radiation from mobile phones was killing his birds, ultimately leading to him losing all his beloved creatures which then led to him taking his life. His negative aura then aims to avenge this tragedy by controlling mobile phones and attacking humans.

Several events further on in the movie, finally lead to the release of Chitti’s 2.0 version, but as he has been programmed by Nila, the version only harms Pakshi Rajan. Ultimately, good prevails and Nila and Chitti start a relationship, making sure some romance is also packed into this thriller.

Rajinikanth, an absolute legend in Tamil and Indian cinema, spent 3 years making this movie, at the end of which he sent out a special and rare tweet:

Other than being an absolute rollercoaster in terms of action and challenging the viewer to think a little, the film concludes that Pakshi Rajan wasn’t exactly a bad guy, but years of indirect torture led him to lose his mind, urging viewers to re-evaluate the use of mobile phones in their daily lives.

Overall, this movie is one which gained sufficient acclaim, and rightly so. The producers of the film managed to deliver something which didn’t compromise on the visual effects or the general storytelling, and you might want to give it a watch if you’re in the mood for an action-packed fantasy.