2.0 dials a wrong number!

Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘2.0’ faces complaint from telecom operators’ association COAI for its concept


Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘2.0’ is facing a last-minute controversy, with Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) filing a complaint against the film’s concept. Reports state that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), aka Censor Board, and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B) have received a written complaint, requesting them to re-examine the trailer and teaser of ‘2.0’ as it shows mobile phones and towers in a bad light. COAI members, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea have alleged that the content of the film is defamatory and that it spreads misinformation, suggesting the adverse impact of mobile towers and mobile phones. The COAI complaint has further demanded that the CBFC should revoke the film’s certification and the exhibition of the movie be suspended. If all goes well then ‘2.0’ will release tomorrow.

The trailer of ‘2.0’ showcases Akshay Kumar mouth the dialogue, ‘All cell phone users are criminals’, which could have been the trigger for such a complaint against the film and its makers last-minute. COAI has also named in its complaint the production houses for the film – Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, K Karunamoorthy’s Lyca productions, Anil Thadani’s AA Films – along with director S Shankar. Made on a mega budget of around Rs 550 crore, ‘2.0’ is gearing up to release tomorrow but it remains to be seen how the makers manage to wriggle out of this situation with Cellular Operators Association of India.


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