Amazon Acquires Streaming Rights to Rajinikanth’s ‘2.0’

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Amazon Prime Video India has struck a deal with Lyca Productions for the streaming rights of S. Shankar’s “2.0,” starring superstar Rajinikanth. The film is a sequel to 2010 blockbuster “Enthiran.”

Amazon has put an end to its offer price of Rs 499 for the annual subscription of Amazon Prime in India, and now it is offering the subscription at Rs 999. The company has around 2 million subscriber base in India.

Budgeted at $90 million, “2.0” is India’s most expensive production to date. Rajinikanth will reprise his dual roles of the scientist Vaseegaran and the robot Chitti. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar (“Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”) will play the main antagonist. Other featured actors include Amy Jackson (“I”) and Adil Hussain (“Hotel Salvation”). The music is by Oscar-, BAFTA- and Grammy-winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”).

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The film is due to a theatrical release in April 2018 and will be available to Prime members in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions.

“Both Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar are phenomenal actors with an unbelievable fan following that will soon get the chance to stream the sequel of Rajinikanth’s memorable movie on their favourite streaming device,” Vijay Subramaniam, director of content for Amazon Prime Video, said.