On Wednesday night, a fatal accident on the sets of Kamal Haasan-Kajal Aggarwal-Rakul Preet Singh starrer Indian 2 took the lives of three crew members after a crane came down crashing. The deceased namely, Krishna, 34, an assistant director, Madhu, 29 Chandran, 50 were on the set at a private studio at Nazarathpet in Tamil Nadu when the incident took place. As per reports, the three deceased were inside a box-life structure on top of the crane when its arm crashed down. At the time of the accident, Kamal and Kajal along with the director Shankar were present and witnessed it take place before their eyes.
Talking about the accident, Kamal, in an interview with a leading daily, told that had the crane fallen a few inches away, he would have lost his life. "If the crane had fallen a few inches away, I’d have been in the mortuary and somebody would have been here to speak,” Kamal told.
Survived a major accident today with @ikamalhaasan @MsKajalAggarwal shattered mentallyit was fraction of seconds in wch we jumped out of our tent nd we turn back & see our chairs were crushed by a huge cran here are some photographs , but it’s unfortunate we lost 3 friends RIP pic.twitter.com/YAEDzwOwBp
— Seema Tabassum khan Khattak (@seematabassum) February 19, 2020
Talking about the lack of safety measures on film sets, the veteran actor said makers of big-budget films should make proper security arrangements for the crew who works day in and out. “I have been in this industry since my childhood, and this incident has once again proved that there is no safety compliance. We boast about big budget films without providing safety to people working for the movies,” Kamal added.
Expressing his grief over the accident, Kamal said that he will be offering financial help of Rs. 1 crore to the families of the deceased. "On my behalf, I am donating Rs 1 crore to the family of the deceased and this is what I can do now. This is not the compensation for what we have lost. Some of them are very poor people. Three years back, I was in an accident. I know how difficult it is to recover from an accident like this. Of the three, only one could probably afford," Kamal told while addressing media.
Lyca Productions, who is backing Indian 2 has offered Rs. 2 crores as compensation.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror/India Today)