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Wish It Was On Me: Shankar On ‘Indian 2’ Crane Accident

Shankar At The 'Kaappaan' Audio Launch

Director Shankar has finally broken his silence on the accident that left three people dead in Indian 2 sets. A crane on which a heavy duty light was mounted came crashing killing three. Atleast nine were injured. The crew of the Kamal Haasan film was in EVP Film City in Nazarathpet.

Shankar tweeted today, “It is with utmost grief, I’m tweeting. Since the tragic incident, I’ve been in a state of shock & having sleepless nights on the loss of my AD & crew. Having missed the crane by a whisker, I feel it would’ve been better if it was on me. Heartfelt condolences & prayers to the families.”

Those fatally injured include Assistant Director, Krishna (34), Production Assistant Madhu (29) and Art Assistant Chandran (60).

Earlier, Kamal Haasan announced financial aid of Rs 1 crore to the kin of artistes who died in the accident on Indian 2 sets.

“This amount is not enough for those who have lost their loved ones,” he said, “Accidents do not differentiate between rich and poor. I don’t want to discuss this today, but I would have also joined them (pointing inside the hospital). I was very close. Just four seconds before that the director walked ahead. The actress and I were very close by. Every single employee in the film industry must have insurance. What is the point of movies making 100, 200 crores if our people don’t have safety and insurance?”

Following this ‘Lyca’ Subhaskaran announced Rs 2 crore compensation to both kin of those who died as well as those who were admitted in the hospital for treatment.

On 22 February Kamal Haasan wrote a letter to Subhaskaran about his deep sense of anguish at the loss of lives, and missing the accident by a few seconds. He asked the producers to perform an audit. He also said that the production had to ensure the safety of people involved in the film.

Read the full letter here:

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