Superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming film 2.0 directed by Shankar is one of the most awaited releases of the year. Also starring Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson in pivotal roles, the shooting of the film has been going on in Chennai at a rapid pace. However, recently the crew of the film allegedly attacked a couple of photojournalists at the shooting spot.
Now, director Shankar himself had visited Press Council office in Chennai to sought an apology. He said, “I am sorry. I shall ensure incidents like this don’t repeat. It has happened without my knowledge.”
According to India Today, Raghunanthan, a photojournalist, had earlier raised a question with the crew of the film about why they were shooting in this particular spot in broad daylight when they were only allowed to film between 11 pm and 6 am. He had also cited that an accident had occurred in the same spot just a week earlier. However, the crew members did not heed their pleas. When Ranganathan started to click pictures to get proof, a few bouncers from the crew surrounded him and allegedly attacked him.
He said, “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.”
He said Barath, who is working for a Tamil daily, was badly beaten up. He alleged that permission given for film shoot during a given time duration was manipulated by the crew members to suit their convenience.
The journalists lodged a joint complaint and sought appropriate action from the police.
Following this, efforts were made by the film’s team to end the row. Director Shankar met press persons in the afternnon to apologise to them. He claimed that the incident had happened without his knowledge, and also promised that he would ensure such events did not happen in the future.
According to reports, journalists have withdrawn a complaint filed against the film’s production manager, a bouncer and Shankar’s nephew.
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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