Bollywood hunk Akshay Kumar, who was recently in the news for donating a liberal sum of Re.1 crore for Chennai flood victims has been cast as the main villain in superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming Shankar-directed Enthiran 2 whose shoot got underway in Chennai yesterday (16th December).
Akshay Kumar, who remains unbelievably fit despite being in his late forties, is known for his high-octane action-packed films and is most noted for his awesome performances in Khiladi series of films viz., Khiladi, Maha Khiladi, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Mein Khiladi Tu Anari and Khiladiyon Ki Khiladi. In one of these films, Akshay lifted popular WWF wrestler ‘Undertaker’ over his head.
Shoot of Enthiran 2 commenced in Chennai’s EVP auditorium yesterday. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood ‘Terminator’, was in talks to play the villain but he has now been replaced by Akshay Kumar. Bollywood’s Neil Nitin Mukesh, seen last year in Vijay’s Kaththi, would be the second villain in Enthiran 2 which would have music by A.R. Rahman.
Arnold reportedly demanded Rs.120 crores and also many facilities such as round-the-clock bodyguards, etc. which made Shankar reverse his decision in casting the ‘Terminator’. Name of Hrithik Roshan, another Bollywood Hunk and a fitness freak, did the rounds as Rajini’s villain but it has now been confirmed t hat Akshay Kumar would be the lead villain in the film.