Following the distasteful incident wherein two photojournalists had complained of being physically assaulted on the sets on Rajinikanth’s 2.0, director Shankar has made an apology and has also assured that nothing of the sort would happen again.
Speaking to a local press Shankar said, “I am sorry. I shall ensure incidents like this don’t repeat. It has happened without my knowledge.”
Countering his claim when Shankar was told that he was seen at the incident spot, he clarified that he had moved to another location nearby for filming a scene.
While the enraged reporters in the heat of the moment had lodged a police complaint earlier, they have finally withdrawn it post the director’s apology.
The incident happened when the photojournalists enquired the crew about what were they doing by blocking a road in Thiruvallikeni or Triplicane, a place nearby Chennai. They had even quizzed the 2.0 team if they took any prior permission for the shoot.
Talking about the fiasco one of the journalists had told a leading news agency, “When we asked if it was proper to inconvenience public by blocking roads especially during (morning) peak hour, two crew members used foul language against us and we were beaten up.”
Before the complaint was taken back, Chennai police were looking into the case. “We are investigating. We would make arrests if it warrants,” had said a senior police official.
Also starring Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey, the sci-fi has almost been filmed and is currently in a post-production stage.