2 is the new ‘one’

Mathematicians will be aghast but 2 is a prime number now. Rajinikanth, who is known for doing impossible things on screen (he holds the record for defying gravity by flying for the longest time and in the process knocking out scores of villains in mid-air before touching ground zero), is the architect of this arithmetic acrobatic.

Since the release of his film 2, which is actually 2.0, (now, don’t ask what the difference between 2 and 2.0 or the point of adding a ‘point zero’ to 2), the number 2 (or 2.0, take your pick), has become numero uno, putting every other digit in the shade. 2, which includes 2.0, truly rocks. This despite Rajini himself declaring in the movie that he is always number 1.

A bit confusing eh…? But that’s Rajini style. Anyway, we know that if R says something once, he is deemed to have said it twice (that makes 100 equal to 2 — though none can equal 2.0 itself, if you get the drift). I can see that there are too many brackets already — more than 2 in about 3 paras. This is because I am trying to say 2 … too many things at the same time. And it sucks to type them, as brackets, along with quote-unquote, are the toughest challenge on a keyboard — there is a chance of getting the two curves mixed up.

But where was I? Yeah, the point is 2, which is 2.0 — do the bracketing yourself — is the most bracketed item particularly on the Internet. Just type 2 or for that matter 2.0 – you know the drill now. And lo, what a cascade of ‘2’s, that breaks all search records. Indeed, 2 (bracket) and 2.0 (bracket close) have made zombies of search engines, something they do to us usually. For instance, if you want to find out the name of Elizabeth Taylor’s 2nd husband, and start typing ‘2nd hubby of ..’. But you are in Rajini territory long before that.

So let’s grant the invincibility of 2 on the web. Now let me make it simple for readers by going alpha-numeric to accommodate all search topics on 2, 2.0 and 2’s self-declared one. 2A (release in maximum number of screens ); 2B (teaser); 2C (fans celebration); 2D (raving reviews); 2E (box office collection); etc. But it appears breaking the 2 Z barrier will be child’s play for the 2wice-born robot. Even on terra firma, the 2 mania is such that the reigning rumour is the WC cabins in theatre loos have ‘2’s pasted on their doors!

With Rajini, facts, figures and frontiers all fail and fall in the face of the frenzy of fanatic fans. For them, with nary a 2nd thought, he is one without a 2nd, though, paradoxically, it is 2 that is paraded as his present brand. What can even the Almighty do before this self-declared all-mighty Arunachalam? ‘He’ says and ‘he’ does. Now, who is who? Well, the first He used to be god before 2 pipped ‘him’ to that post.

And, finally, 2 has disrupted hashtags and history too. #MeToo will now have to be #Me2 if women want to escape from wolves on prowl. And BC Rome has to be recreated to make Julius Caesar say ‘You 2’, Brutus (et 2, Brutus). After all, Rajini can change history and just about anything with retrospective and prospective effect.

Now, don’t put 2 and 2 together and make that a prediction of his political prospects. TN’s battle-hardened politicos are robot-proof and the Superstar may have to put up with many missed calls even if he be 1, 2 or whatever. Or, he may turn out to be just another sparrow, falling victim to the viles of the towers, sorry, powers that be. Or as is his trend, the ‘tomorrow never comes’, jinx, will be just another reel rhetoric to keep his lusty fans always on their twos, I mean, toes.

And lest I forget: 2, 2.0, 2, 2.0, 2. I am sure this will help me top the search list.

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