Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s most anticipated film of the year 2.0, that was in the making for three years, released over 10,500 screens worldwide on November 29.  Akshay in the film plays the role of an antagonist, Pakshirajan, an ornithologist and professor who is against the telecom industry. Latest reports suggest that his character has been inspired by Salim Ali, also known as the Birdman of India. Also Read - Akshay Kumar's Laxmmi Bomb Title is Now 'Laxmii' After Wide Backlash For Hurting Hindu Sentiments

Salim is a renowned ornithologist and naturalist, who has conducted several systematic bird surveys across the country. He has also written books on ornithology like The Book of Indian Birds and Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan. In Shankar’s 2.0, Akshay’s character is passionate about birds and further passes on his knowledge on ornithology to a group of students. Since he is against the telecom industry, he is ridiculed by the ministers for opposing to it. Also Read - Not my Letter But Information on Health True: Rajinikanth Clears Air on 'Leaked Letter'

The movie, which was released on a weekday and that too, not a holiday, has had a super start at the box office. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about the earnings of the Hindi version, and stated that even though the movie had been dubbed and advance bookings had opened late, it still did strong business. Also Read - This is How Tusshar Kapoor Deals With Demands to Boycott Laxmmi Bomb -Watch

2.0 is said to have toppled Vijay’s Sarkar from the number one spot by earning a whopping Rs 2.64 crore in Chennai alone. According to entertainment industry tracker Ramesh Bala, the movie performed well in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

2.0 is a sequel to 2010 Tamil film Enthiran, has Rajinikanth reprising his role of human-robot Chitti, while Akshay plays the role of Dr. Richard a.k.a Crow Man. While in the previous part, Chitti’s love interest was played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, this time Chitti will be seen romancing Amy Jackson. The movie, which is said to be the most expensive Indian film made to date with an estimated budget of Rs 543 crore (USD 76 million), is believed to have already beaten the record of 2017 blockbuster Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.