2.0: What Lyca Productions has to say about COAI objections over Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar movie


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Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer ‘2.0’ portrays the ill-effects of “unregulated growth of mobile services” and objections of the Telecom business are bogus, the movie’s manufacturing home Lyca Productions has stated. Telecom business physique COAI had earlier this week requested the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) to revoke the certification of the movie, saying its trailers present cellphones and towers in a nasty mild.

In a strongly worded letter to the CBFC, Lyca stated the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has “no rudimentary knowledge of law and film production” and “they appear to be a puppet in the hands of a rival film producer”. “The theme of the film is not against development or mobile services, but against unregulated growth of mobile services. While the objections of the COAI is bogus and empty and revolves around ‘no effect’ of electronics waves on human beings and commercial view of its members, we as film producer have chosen a subject that has fantasy and fiction as well,” Lyca stated within the letter dated November 26.

The movie, with a reported finances of round Rs 600 crore, launched Thursday. Meanwhile, COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews stated the filmmakers have clarified that the movie is fictional and never based mostly on scientific proof.

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“We have raised concern before appropriate authorities. We hope people will understand that it is fiction and not ask for removing cell phone towers. In case there is unwanted activity against networks then it will be for the government to handle it,” Mathews stated. In its letter, Lyca stated the producers of the movie needn’t settle for COAI’s views that there aren’t any ill-effects of cellular towers.

“We are under no obligation to toe the line with the said Association… the film does not hunt or defames anyone,” Lyca stated, including that it doesn’t make documentaries or had been appointed as an ‘agent’ of any Telecom affiliation. “The COAI has claimed that radiations on human being are a subject matter of various researches. The very fact that a cell phone tower is ordered to be distanced from habitation prima facie shows that it has an impact on living beings,” Lyca stated. It stated that the censor board, which cleared the movie, didn’t discover something severe or objectionable.

“The complainant viz COAI cannot force the hand of the government and other statutory bodies to stall its release. We request you to not to entertain any vexatious letters at the instance of this interloper,” it stated. The COAI, whose members embrace Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea, has alleged that the promotional movies are based mostly on the theme that electromagnetic discipline emissions from cellphones and towers are dangerous to residing creatures and the atmosphere.

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