Two photo journalists allegedly assaulted by Rajinikanth-Shankar’s 2.0 crew

Two photo journalists alleged that they were assaulted by director Shankar’s crew as they shot the upcoming Rajinikath-Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0.

regional movies Updated: Mar 22, 2017 15:47 IST
Press Trust of India
2.0,Rajinikanth,Akshay Kumar
2.0 is an upcoming Indian science fiction film written and directed by S. Shankar.

Two photo journalists on Wednesday alleged that they were assaulted by film director Shankar’s crew who were shooting Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 in Chennai.

The journalists, Raghunathan and Sri Barath, alleged that a key intersection in downtown Triplicane was blocked to facilitate shoot for the big ticket movie.

“When we asked if it was proper to inconvenience public by blocking roads especially during (morning) peak hour, two crew members used foul language against us and we were beaten up,” Raghunathan, photographer working for an English daily told PTI.

He said Barath, who works for a Tamil daily, was also badly beaten up. “We have lodged a joint complaint and have sought appropriate action,” he said.

He alleged that permission given for film shoot during a given time duration was manipulated by the crew to suit their convenience. He said journalists were planning to stage a ‘road roko’ on the issue.

When contacted, a senior police official said, “an FIR is being filed and our officials are inquiring into the complaint of journalists.” Sources said efforts were being made by the film crew “to end the row.”

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First Published: Mar 22, 2017 15:42 IST