2.0: CBFC responds to COAI's complaint, says Rajinikanth's film contains disclaimer stating it's purely fictional

FP Staff

Nov 29, 2018 09:52:24 IST

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has issued a clarification with regard to the controversy around 2.0 and The Cellular Operators Association of India's (COAI) complaint that the film "depicts mobile phones and mobile towers as harmful to living creatures".

The regional officer of the CBFC told Bombay Times the committee had examined the film keeping in mind the guidelines issued by the government in the Cinematograph Act, 1952. He also clarified that the film contains a disclaimer stating that it is purely a work of fiction.

Akshay Kumar as the cell-phone robot antagonist in Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0. YouTube screengrab

Akshay Kumar as the cell-phone robot antagonist in Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0. YouTube screengrab

This clarification comes a day after reports of the COAI sending a legal notice to the film producers (Lyca Productions and Dharma Productions) surfaced on the web. The body alleged that the science fiction action film, starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson, promoted "obscurantist and anti-scientific attitudes towards mobile phone, towers and mobile services".

COAI is a non-profit organisation which has India's leading service providers, that include Vodafone, Airtel and Jio. It also works with government agencies like the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Dharma Productions and Lyca Productions are yet to reveal their course of action in this matter.

2.0 hits theatres today (29 November) and revolves around the narrative dealing with the adverse impact that technology may have on mankind.

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Updated Date: Nov 29, 2018 10:24:18 IST