Multiple TV reports have revealed that crew members on the set of Rajinikanth’s next film directed by Shankar (who helmed the first film Enthiran) have assaulted photo journalists who were present on the sets.
According to reports, several crew members attacked journalists who have now filed a police complaint against the film and its crew. Further reports reveal that there is ruckus on the film set at the moment, as police detain two people related to the case.
The police have also arrested the chief assistant director of the film, Pappu, who is a relative of the director Shankar.
Ranganathan, a photojournalist, had questioned the crew members for shooting on broad daylight, when the permission was given only between 11pm and 6am. He requested the crew to move their caravan which was blocking the way. He had also informed the crew that a lady met with an accident at the same spot over a week ago.
“I just took pics to show what kind of trouble they were causing to the public without following rules. Suddenly, I was surrounded by bouncers. Even before I could ask them to move, I was assaulted,” said Ragunathan.
On the other hand, abouncer had assaulted Sri Bharath, another photojournalist, on his face and alleged that he only tried to snatch the camera. The crew left immediately after the media came in for the rescue.
“As I was speaking to the crew men who questioned me and asked me to give my camera, I told them that there is no law against clicking pictures in a public space. One of the bouncers punched me on my face and tried to grab my camera. I regained my step and didn’t give it to him. Luckily there was a lady cop standing close by him who came for my help,” said Sri Bharath.
After the ruckus, the police has detained Pappu, an assistant director of 2.0.
2.0 is an upcoming Indian science fiction film written and directed by S. Shankar, co-written by B. Jeyamohan and produced by Subaskaran Allirajah, founder of Lyca Productions. A spiritual successor to the 2010 Tamil film Enthiran, the film will feature Rajinikanth reprising the roles of Dr. Vaseegaran and Chitti, alongside Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson. The film will have a simultaneous release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. With an estimated budget of ₹4 billion (US$59 million), it is the most expensive Indian film till date.
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