Is it just a coincidence or a publicity stunt by people who end up filing complaints and protesting against a film right before its release? The latest example or victim is 2.0! It’s all set for a grand release tomorrow but has landed in trouble as the Telecom operators’ body COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) has alleged that the film shows the mobile towers and cell-phones in a bad light.
The COAI group said, “Such a depiction would create unfounded fear and mass paranoia by spreading misinformation about the adverse impact of mobile towers and mobile phones. The content of the film is “defamatory to COAI and its members, endangers public order, presents anti-scientific attitudes, constitutes offences including under various sections of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and is in violation of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.”
COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews also spoke on the film and said, “We have further requested the Censor Board to revoke the certification already granted including for the teaser, trailer and other promotional video and Tamil language version of the film with immediate effect until such time as CBFC makes a determination on our submission. We have requested that the exhibition of the movie be suspended in the meantime.”
However, a source close to the film has come out and spoken on the film’s behalf and said, “The film is made by Lyca, who are the producers. It’s one of the largest mobile companies in United Kingdom, so why will a cellular company make a film which is inherently against mobile phones?” The assistant director of the film also reacted on reports and said, “There’s freedom of speech. The filmmaker (Shankar) and the people who are involved in film-making are very responsible people. We are not here to address or change the mood of the people. “
He added, “Shankar has always given messages through his films. He knows what he is doing, and whatever is being said, like we are ‘terrorizing’ people, is this the way to talk about a movie? It’s a commercial movie for all people.” The film-maker and the actors are yet to comment on the issue, but we hope the film has a smooth release tomorrow!
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