After Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger was signed to be a part of Enthiran 2, better known as, Robot 2, it is now being speculated that the film might just bethe costliest movie ever made in India. Being pegged at a budget of 250-300 crores, the film seems to be getting bigger by the day. Director Shankar is ready to spend whopping US $15 million, around 100 crores, to get he Terminator star onboard, and that too for a 30-day shoot! It is also said that if the makers exceed the 30 day limit, they would have pay a huge amount per extra day to Arnold. Quite a heavy deal on the pockets, we must say!
Rajinikanth is already hopping between Los Angeles and India along with his daughter Aishwarya for the pre-production work. According to sources, a special makeup test and a body scan were carried out for him.
Enthiran 2 is the sequel to Rajinikanth starrer 2010 Tamil science fiction blockbuster, which was dubbed as Robot in Hindi. Here’s some more dope on the project. Read on.
1. Arnold Schwarzenegger will play the main villain in the film.
Arnold has been signed on for the antagonist’s role. We hear the director is confident that the huge investment will be recovered and that Arnold’s presence will add to the film’s reach in the international markets. Can we expect a combat between our Terminator and Robot? *fingers crossed*
2. Arnold wants the script to be re-written to suit his demands.
The Hollywood star doesn’t have any qualms when it comes to the basic idea of Enthiran 2. But insiders say he is not entirely happy with the original screenplay and has demanded to tighten it up with Hollywood screenwriters, which will help the film impress global audiences.
3. Rajinikanth will fly to Los Angeles to meet Arnold.
The two mega stars will meet in United States by November end, for an important meeting and test their looks for the film. Once they sign the deal, an official confirmation will be made from the producers about all the aspects of the film. Can we wait any longer? We can’t!
4. Hugh Jackman was also considered to play the villain initially.
The makers were reportedly debating between Arnold and Wolverine star Hugh Jackman. While Jackman is very popular in India, mainly big cities, Rajinikanth is loved across the board. Hence, the producers wanted someone who would cater to the masses too. Thus, they zeroed down on Arnold despie Hugh Jackman’s fee being much less. We still wonder if it is a win or a loss.
5. Rajinikanth’s look is being designed by the same team which worked on the film I.
The team that designed various looks for actor Vikram in his movie I, is also in charge of Rajini’s look in Robot 2. We hear Shankar has already done a makeup test for the megastar’s body double as well.
6. The shooting for Enthiran 2 will begin in January.
Be prepared to welcome Arnold in India early next year. He will be on an extensive schedule after undertaking a trail shoot for the film in Los Angles.
7. Enthiran 2 will be a visual effects treat for the fans.
At a budget of 500 crores, Shankar’s ambitious project will have more VFX work than its prequel. The elaborate sequences and sets might just stretch the film up to two years before its release though. Cameraman Nirav Shah is currently stationed in Mumbai, working on the nuances to capture the film in 3D.
8. The film will also use motion capture technology.
The makers will bring out the best of superstar Rajinikanth. They are planning to use motion capture technology to shoot some of the important portions of the Tamil film. Motion capture technology was earlier used in Rajinikanth’s animated film Kochadaiiyaan.
9. Amitabh Bachchan will also make an appearance in the film.
If you though Arnold and Rajinikanth were enough to make things big, then hold your breath. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has also been roped in to play a pivotal role. Amitabh and Rajini have shared screen space in several films. They were last seen together in 1985 film Geraftaar.
10. AR Rahman will give the music for the film.
Rahman will carry forward his association with Shankar again. The Academy Award winning composer will start recording the first song of the movie soon.
11. The cast is still being finalised.
While the first one had Aishwarya Rai, all we know British actress Amy Jackson has been chosen as the leading lady for the second instalment. The rest of the cast is still being worked upon. We know with such big names already on the list, the supporting cast cannot be any less.