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'2.0' portrays ill-effects of unregulated growth of mobile services: Production house

November 29, 2018 22:41

Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer '2.0' portrays the ill-effects of "unregulated growth of mobile services" and objections of the telecom industry are bogus, the film's production house Lyca Productions has said.
Telecom industry body Cellular Operators Association of India had earlier this week requested the Central Board Of Film Certification to revoke the certification of the film, saying its trailers show mobile phones and towers in a bad light.
In a strongly worded letter to the CBFC, Lyca said the 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 said in the letter dated November 26.
The film, with a reported budget of around Rs 600 crore, released Thursday.
Meanwhile, COAI director General Rajan S Mathews said the filmmakers have clarified that the movie is fictional and not based on scientific evidence.
"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 said.
In its letter, Lyca said the producers of the film need not accept COAI's views that there are no ill-effects of mobile towers.
"We are under no obligation to toe the line with the said association... the film does not hunt or defames anyone," Lyca said, adding that it does not make documentaries or had been appointed as an 'agent' of any telecom association. 
"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 said. -- PTI

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