In a sad piece of news, it was reported earlier that a fatal accident took place on the sets of Indian 2 in Poonamallee on February 19. The incident took place when a crane crashed on the sets killing three technicians & injuring 12 people. Post which the entire cast & crew went in a state of shock expressing their sorrow & condolences to the bereaved families.
Following the mishap on the sets, Kamal Haasan admitted saying that he miraculously escaped the accident & wrote an open letter to the producers Lyca Productions asking them questions on the safety measures that a production needs to undertake on a film’s set.
Replying to the open letter by Haasan, producer of Indian 2 Lyca Productions also wrote an open letter in response to the questions raised by Haasan. The actor had asked about the insurance the production house took for its employees on the movie.
Neelkant Narayanpur, director of Lyca Productions, wrote, “We were in constant touch with your office all through and arrived at the mortuary just 15 minutes after you. At that very point, Mr Subaskaran announced financial assistance to the tune of Rs 2 crores to the family members of the deceased, and those who suffered injuries and also undertook to take care of their treatment. All these measures were taken before the receipt of your letter, and it is unfortunate that this did not come to your attention before the 22nd of February.”
Talking about shared responsibility Narayanpur further wrote, “As you are surely aware, incidents of this nature need to be dealt with in the spirit of collective responsibility and rectification. Given the involvement of an eminent artiste and technician of your calibre and experience, and a veteran director of Mr Shankar’s stature being the captain of the ship, we were doubly confident that our own safety measures would have been amplified by your on-the-spot judgement. It hardly needs reminding that the entire shoot was also under the control and supervision of yourself and the director.”
The production house also said that it had left no stone unturned for providing the crew with a safe environment & also clarified that they had taken a comprehensive insurance policy for the entire production from a nationalised insurance policy including personnel accident policy for each member on the set.