Ahead of Rajinikanth’s 2.o release, telecom operators protest ‘anti-scientific attitude’ in movie

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CHENNAI: Director Shankar’s 2.o, starring actors Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar, has run into controversy simply forward its worldwide launch with the mobile community operators submitting a criticism in opposition to the movie for selling “obscurantist and anti-scientific attitudes in opposition to cell phones, towers and cell providers.”

The Cellular Association of India additionally argued that the movie was in opposition to “public interest,” and that it was “defamatory” of its members and violates their constitutional rights. The criticism has been filed with the Central Board of Film Certification and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

In the criticism filed by the COAI on November 23, the affiliation argues that 2.o falsely depicts “mobile phones and mobile towers as harmful to living creatures and the environment including birds and human beings on account of electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from them.”

The Association has known as for the “recall and revocation” of the certification granted to the movie. It has additionally sought the suspension of the exhibition of the movie until its criticism is addressed by the CBFC and the Central Government.

A spokesperson from COAI confirmed with ET {that a} criticism has been despatched to the Chairperson of CBFC and the Minsitry of Information and Broadcasting. Contacted to get a response on the criticism, Rajan S Mathews, Director General of COAI, instructed ET: “We do have a concern about the kind of impression the movie would have on the general public.”

The COAI, which identifies itself because the “voice of the Indian Telecom Industry” has as its members Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, which represent over 90% of the Telecom enterprise in the nation. The organisation is anticipated to place out an announcement on its demand for revoking 2.o’s certification.

Produced by Lyca motion pictures, 2.o drew an funding of over Rs 500 crore, based on Rajinikanth in his speech throughout one of the pre-launch promotions of the movie. It has recurring characters from the sooner movie Enthiran, produced by the Maran family-owned Sun Pictures. The 2.o movie was written by Shankar and author B Jeyamohan.

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