Rajinikanth’s '2.0' China release may be cancelled

Wednesday 03rd July 2019 07:23 EDT

Release of ace actor Rajinikanth's mega-hit '2.0' in China is most likely to get cancelled, if reports are to be believed. The film was renamed 'Robot 2.0: Resurgence', and scheduled to take off in 56,000 screens across the country on July 12. While an official announcement is awaited, sources reveal that Chinese distributor HY Media could lose more money if they release the movie.

The company's last Indian release was Akshay Kumar's 'Padman', which didn't even cover the cost and brought loss to them. Which is why, it is planning to cancel or postpone the release of '2.0' now. The film must make more than $25 million in China for HY Media to not lose money again. With Disney's 'The Lion King' due for release around the same time, the release of Shankar's movie is most likely to be cancelled.

The movie showed Rajinikanth in not one, not two, but three roles as scientist Vaseegaran, robot Chitti, and 2.0, an upgraded version of Chitti. The film went on to mint over £50 million at the box office and starred Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar in key roles. It marked the southern debut of Akshay Kumar, who was seen as the antagonist, an ornithologist who uses the fifth force to wreak havoc and take revenge when he loses his fight to telecom companies, while trying to save birds from dying from the emission of mobile towers.

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