Rajinikanth-Akshay's 2.0 books Baahubali release week, can it transcend its success?

Deccan Chronicle.  | subhash k jha

Entertainment, Bollywood

Sources reveal that the makers of the film chose the release date for superstitious reasons.

The Robot sequel cryptically titled 2.0 has finally found a release date. (Photo: DC)

The Robot sequel cryptically titled 2.0 has finally found a release date. The film is set to release on April 27, 2018, the week that Baahubali was released in 2017. In fact, sources from the team verify that the date chosen is based on superstitious considerations.

“The film was supposed to release in January 2018. But when it was pushed forward, Akshay Kumar preponed his Padman to 2.0’s original release date. It is no coincidence that now 2.0 has gone to April 27, when Baahubali: The Conclusion was released on April 28,” says the source.

The makers of 2.0 see another Baahubali in their project. A source from the film’s core team says, “Just like Baahubali, 2.0 will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Also, with Rajinikanth helming the project, the film automatically acquires box office supremacy in the South, while Akshay Kumar’s presence ensures a North Indian box office result. Thirdly, 2.0 is a good versus evil film. It was Prabhas versus Rana Daggubatti in Baahubali; it’s Rajinikanth and Akshay in 2.0.” 

In fact, says the source, the fourth week of April will see the year’s biggest blockbusters being released every year from now on. “It was Baabubali: The Conclusion in 2017. It’s 2.0 in 2018. It’s likely to be Rajamouli’s next film in April 2019,” says the source.