Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer mega film 2.0, which was made with a whopping budget of Rs 500 crore, has already recovered a pretty good part of the amount through the sale of the film’s satellite rights, digital rights as well as distribution rights, as reported by Bollywood Hungama. The sci-fi film, produced under the banner of Lyca Production, has already sold 2.0’s satellite rights for Rs 120 crore and the digital rights for Rs 60 crore in all versions, including Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu.
The sequel to Enthiran (2010) was announced three years ago and after years of hard work, the magnum opus is finally slated to release next month. The VFX in 2.0 is at par with Hollywood standards and ever since the trailer was launched, the fans could not get over the magnanimity of the film.
The producers have sold the distribution rights in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.
The rumour mills have been churning since the trailer launch that the makers had spent nearly Rs 600 crore for the film. Director Shankar has now opened in an interview with a movie portal about the actual budget of the film.
He said, "Lyca Productions, the production house, knows the exact amount. I narrated the entire story before we went on floors and they sort of knew how much money would be required to complete the film. They agreed to fund the project, knowing how much it would cost them. Beyond our calculations, we had some unexpected expenses for the VFX."
"As far as I know, the budget stands between Rs 400 to Rs 450 crore for the film alone. In addition, the producers have spent a huge chunk for the publicity and other production costs,” added the filmmaker.
Reports suggest that the big-budget film is slated to release in over 10,000 screens worldwide.
At the trailer launch, Akshay Kumar had shared, “I got to learn a lot of challenging things. Shankar is a scientist, not a director. I did make up for 3 hours and I took one hour to remove the makeup. I just saw myself on the screen, and it was unbelievable. I’m looking forward to seeing the film. I thank Shankar sir. It was worth the pain.”