Actor Kamal Haasan appeared before the central crime branch (CCB) on Tuesday, March 3, in the accident case that took place two weeks back on the sets of his film Indian 2 claiming the lives of three technicians. The actor was summoned by the branch to record his statements in detail, said the senior officer of the CCB. Also Read - Indian 2 Mishap: Director S Shankar Announces Financial Assistance of Rs 1 Crore to Families of The Deceased
Earlier, the film’s director, Shankar, was also called by the branch for his detailed statements in the matter. The officer added that both the director and the actor will be summoned again if needed. Also Read - Indian 2 Accident: Lyca Productions-Kamal Haasan Play Blame Game
A case against Lyca Productions, the production banner behind Indian 2, and the crane operator named Rajan, was registered in Chennai. Later, the investigation was transferred to the CCB. Also Read - Indian 2 Mishap: Production House Says Kamal Haasan Should Accept Collective Responsibility
On the night of February 20, a lighting truss attached to a crane, weighing around 100 tons, crashed on the sets of Indian 2 during the shoot on the outskirts of Chennai. The accident claimed the lives of three people – an assistant director and two other technicians, one of them was 60-years-old. Lyca Productions released an official statement on social media revealing the names of the three who got killed in the accident. Later, Kamal Haasan, Shankar, Rakul Preet Singh and Kajal Aggarwal tweeted about the accident. Haasan, Shankar and Aggarwal mentioned that they narrowly escaped the accident. In his tweet, Kamal Haasan mentioned that he escaped the death by a ‘whisker’. He also announced a relief of Rs 1 crore to the families of the bereaved and those who got injured in the accident.
Later, Haasan wrote an open letter demanding an audit of the safety measures taken by the production house. In response to his letter, Lyca Productions wrote a long note claiming that the shoot was happening in the supervision of both Haasan and Shankar and therefore, the responsibility of the accident should be collectively dealt.
Indian 2 is the sequel of Shankar’s hit 1996 film. It is slated to hit the screens next year.