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Director Shankar speaks about Rajini's serious injury

2.0 is an upcoming film directed by Shankar, that has Superstar Rajinikanth in the lead role along side Amy Jackson. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is playing the antagonist in this much awaited sci-fi film. Produced by Subaskaran under the banner Lyca Productions, this film is touted to be India's costliest film. The brand Shankar is synonymous with grandeur. 

True to his style, a lot of effort has been put into the film, which is evident from the teaser and trailer. The audio launch of the film took place last year, with Endhira Logathu Sundari and Rajaali being launched in the grand event that was organised at Dubai. The third song, Pullinangal was released a couple of weeks ago.  

With the film slated for a release on 29th November, Behindwoods got in touch with the legendary filmmaker for an interview, and he spoke in detail about the film. While narrating what went behind the scenes while shooting the film, he revealed that Rajini got injured while shooting an imporant sequence on the Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai. 

He said: "We were shooting an important sequence along the OMR Road. Since the shot was ready, he didn't want us to wait. While he walked in a hurry, he slipped on the stairs and he got hurt near his knee. There was a deep injury, which I didn't know about.

He came and enquired about the shot, and asked the specifics of it. I explained things to him, and he went to get ready. There was some buzz around him, and I thought it was something else. Suddenly, his manager came to me and told about this injury and Rajini wasn't ready to go to the hospital. 

We all gathered around him and asked him to leave to the hospital immediately. But he was adamant about completing the shot. He said that the shot and lighting is set for shoot and he'll complete at least this one shot before going to the hospital. 

After we convinced him to go the hospital, we got to know that it was a serious injury. It was so serious that he had to take 1 month rest before shooting again. Inspite of all this, he wanted to finish the shot. That is how professional he is as an artist."

On the technical front, 2.0 has AR Rahman composing the music, Nirav Shah as the director of Photography, and Anthony as the editor. Resul Pookutty is the sound designer, and the makers have used a special technology called SRL - 4D sound. This stands for Shankar-Resul-Lyca 4D sound. This is the first film in the world to use this technology. The film has broken a lot of boundaries, both in terms of production value, as well as technology.

2.0 is Rajini's second release this year, after Kaala, directed by Pa. Ranjith hit the screens on 7th July. Meanwhile, a Shankar film is hitting the screens after more than 3 years, as his last film 'I', starring Vikram and Amy Jackson released in January 2015. Catch the full interview below: