2.0 making: Here’s how Akshay Kumar turned into India’s most expensive supervillain

Written by Manoj Kumar R
| Bengaluru |

Published: November 16, 2018 7:55:46 pm

Akshay Kumar plays a supervillain in 2.0 starring Rajinikanth in the lead.

When Bollywood star Akshay Kumar said that his role in the upcoming sci-fi film 2.0 needed him to put a massive amount of make-up, he wasn’t exaggerating. The actor on Friday unveiled a behind-scenes-video that gives us a glimpse of the grueling four-hour-long make-up session that he had to patiently sit through before he went on the sets of India’s costliest film ever made.

The video shows prosthetic makeup experts turning Akshay into a two-legged beast. His makeup has two distinct variations, including an alien-esque avatar, which we are familiar with. We took the liberty to name this particular look as the “the crow man.” This avatar got a more aggressive variation. The Bollywood A-lister was literally turned into a fear-including beast with wings.

“It was a very challenging role and it took a toll on my body. But the pain and sacrifices were worth it. My character required around 4 hours of prosthetic make-up and another hour and a half to remove it. In my whole career, I’ve never put so much of makeup,” Akshay said during the 2.0 trailer launch event earlier this month.

2.0 was in the production for nearly three years, including over one year in post-production. By the end of it, the film cost more than Rs 550 crore for its makers, Lyca Productions.

2.0 is the sequel to the 2010 blockbuster Enthiran. Rajinikanth reprises his role as scientist Vaseegaran and advanced humanoid, Chitti. Amy Jackson also plays a key role in the film.

2.0 is getting ready to hit the screens worldwide on November 21.

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