Miraculous escape for Kamal, Kajal on sets of indian 2

It was fraction of a second between life and death for top actors — Kamal Haasan, Kajal Aggarwal as well as costume designer Amritha Ram at the shooting spot
Kamal paying condolence to the victims
Kamal paying condolence to the victims


Three people were killed and nine injured when a crane came crashing down on the sets of actor Kamal Haasan’s upcoming film Indian 2. Kamal, who himself ‘missed death by a whisker’, announced a total sum of Rs one crore as relief to the bereaved families as well as the survivors. He revealed he could have also been killed if he hadn’t moved away from the spot just momentsearlier.

“Those dead were assistant director Krishna, also the son-in-law of popular cartoonist Madhan, art assistant Chandran and Madhu, a production assistant,” Lyca Productions, producer of the movie, said. Kamal revealed that he and the film’s director Shankar could have also been among the dead, if they had not moved away from the spot a few seconds earlier. “We just escaped death by a whisker. Four seconds before, the director and cameraman moved away and I was standing near by along with the heroine,” he said.

“If I had gone nearer eitherway, today someone would be speaking here (in front of the media) instead of me. What I am saying is accidents are like tsunami. It does not know who is rich or who is poor,” he added. Any industry has the duty to take care of its workers, he said and appealed to the film fraternity to take steps to protect the workers. “There are accidents waiting to happen and we should ensure they don’t happen,” he said.

Costume designer Amritha Ram, who witnessed the mishap was among the first to tweet. “Providential escape from the ghastly mishap. Literally 10 secs away from being crushed under. Fortunate Kamal sir, Kajal n me who were right under are safe #count your blessings. our crushed canopy under the crane. We are #safe RIP our fellow mates,” she wrote.

Kajal Aggarwal, too had a narrow escape as she was right next to Kamal and Shankar. The actress expressed anguish over the death of her colleagues. “Words cannot describe the heartache I feel at the unexpected, untimely loss of my colleagues from last night. Krishna, Chandran and Madhu — sending love,strength and my deepest condolences to your families,” she tweeted.
Crane operator booked for Indian 2 mishap 
A day after three people died in an accident at the shooting spot of Kamal Haasan-starrer Indian 2 near Poonamallee, the Nazarethpet police launched a hunt for the absconding crane operator, Rajan. A case has been registered under Sections 337, 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 287 and 304A (causing death by negligence) against Lyca Productions, crane operator, vehicle owner and the production manager.
The police said that experts would visit the accident spot and study and crane involved in the accident to ascertain whether it was the negligence of the operator or machinery fault that caused the accident.
Meanwhile, the bodies of the deceased were handed over to their kin after post-mortem examination at Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. Kamal Haasan, who visited the mortuary, said that he would release Rs 1 crore as compensation to the victims and their kin. Sources said that both Kamal Haasan and director Shankar were present at the shooting spot, a private property, when the mishap took place.
Other horrifying incidents at the same venue
Vijay’s last release Bigil was shot at EVP Studios on the sets of a huge football stadium. Electrician Selvaraj was working on the sets, when a focus light, which was hanging from a crane, fell on his head, which resulted in a serious injury. He was rushed to the hospital immediately. Vijay cancelled the shoot and visited Selvaraj at the private hospital and provided monetary help for his treatment.
Another major accident took place on the sets of Bigg Boss Season 2 when AC mechanic Gunasekharan was working on the second floor, repairing the air conditioner. He slipped and fell off the second floor. He was rushed to the hospital, but died on the way.
The shoot of the Rajinikanthstarrer took place at the same EVP Studios where the makers had erected a set of Rs 8 crore. Michael, a technician stepped on a live wire while working on the sets of Kaala and was electrocuted. Michael was rushed to a hospital by his co-workers but unfortunately could not be saved. Rajinikanth, Dhanush and director of the film Pa Ranjith offered condolences to Michael’s family

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