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Akshay-Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 release stalled in China, distributors not confident

Akshay-Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 release stalled in China

The blockbuster hit, 2.0 starring the talent powerhouses Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth may not see the light of day in China. The distributors are not sure of the fate of the film in China.

The VFX-heavy film, 2.0 emerged as a Box-Office success in India in 2018. The Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth starrer went on to make 800 crores worldwide, where Australian Box-Office results were the most impressive.

While movies like Dangal, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Secret Superstar, Hichki and Andhadhun went on to gross 800-1000 crores approximately, others like Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil flopped badly.

2.0 was slated for a release in China on 12 July 2019 but it may seem like only a slight possibility now. It was to be distributed by HY Media, the distributors, who were also behind the release of Kumar’s Pad Man, which flopped terribly at the Chinese Box Office.

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If the reports are the be believed, the distributors have stalled the 2.0 release for now because they are not confident of the film’s success.

The sources reveal, “2.0 will be distributed in China by HY Media, who also released Pad Man. It was an underperformer at the Chinese box office and HY Media lost money on this flick. 2.0 meanwhile has to make $25 million (Rs. 170 cr. approx.) in the neighbouring country and only then it will emerge as a profitable venture for them. But these guys are not sure about its prospects; they don’t want to take a risk.”

They also added that 2.0 has a great storyline and excellent star cast which talks about the adverse effects of radiation but in general it is a VFX-driven film, which is not a very new phenomenon in China.

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It is nothing like anything that the Chinese audience hasn’t seen before. 2.0 doesn’t pack the same novelty value that films like Irfan Khan starrer Hindi Medium or Salman’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan promised.

Another valid reason for stalling it is that it’s a sequel to 2010 hit Robot which did not release in China. So the audience will hardly be able to relate.

Only time will tell the fate of 2.0 in China. 2.0 is the most expensive film of Indian cinema with a budget of around 550 crores. The Hindi version earned 188 crores at the domestic box-office and was announced a super hit.

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