2.0: Cellular Operators Association of India sends legal notice to makers; urges CBFC to suspend screening

FP Staff

Nov 28, 2018 10:44:04 IST

Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar's upcoming sci-fi entertainer 2.0 faces legal issues a day before its release. Mid-Day reports that Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has given a legal notice to the film producers (Lyca Productions and Dharma Productions), alleging that the science fiction action film portrays phones and mobile towers in an erroneous way.

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

The same report states that 2.0 depicts the use of cellular towers and mobiles as harmful to the environment owing to their electromagnetic field emissions. COAI has also requested the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to re-examine the film and withhold release till the latter reaches a conclusion. A member of COAI added that the notice was marked to the producers and the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry.

The notice adds that 2.0 stands against the guidelines for certification of films falling under the Cinematograph Act. The trailer was termed "grossly prejudicial" since it depicts a humanoid character saying, "Every cell phone user is a murderer."

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).

The film revolves around the narrative dealing with the adverse impact that technology may have on mankind. Both the teaser and trailer were targeted by the source which claimed that it propelled an anti-scientific approach towards mobile phones.

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

Updated Date: Nov 28, 2018 10:44:04 IST