"Invitations have been sent to both Kamal sir and Shah Rukhji and even arrangements have been made for their hospitality. However, they are yet to confirm their presence, and hence, an official announcement is still pending," a source from the film's unit told IANS. The first look of 2.0 will also be live streamed on Lyca Production YouTube channel.
2.0 is the sequel to Rajinjikanth's 2010 film Enthiran, released in Hindi as Robot, which broke several box office records. The actor will reprise his double role of Dr Vaseegaran and the Chitti the robot in the sequel. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who starred in the original film, will not return in 2.0.
Recently, Rajinikanth tweeted a teaser poster of the film, which featured Akshay Kumar, who plays one of the antagonists:
Akshay, who plays an eccentric scientist named Dr Richard whose experiment goes horribly wrong, looks like a Birdman and mad scientist crossover, dressed in a black feathery costume with a grey hairdo.
The film's other antagonist is actor Sudhanshu Pandey, who has co-starred with Akshay in films like Khiladi 420 and Singh Is Kiing. Sudhanshu plays Dr Bohra's (Danny Denzongpa in Enthiran) son in the sequel.
Also starring Amy Jackson and Adil Hussain, the film has music by Oscar winner A R Rahman. 2.0, directed by S Shankar is reportedly made on a budget of Rs 350 crore. The film will release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
Rajinikanth, 65, was last seen in the mega-budget Kabali, which was released to immense fanfare in July.
(With inputs from IANS)