Rajinikanth’s much awaited film, 2.0 has been caught up in some legal troubles before it even being released. According to a report by Mid-Day, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has served a legal notice to producers, Lyca Productions and Dharma Productions, alleging that the the action/science fiction film depicts cell phones and cell towers in a false manner.
An anonymous member of the COAI told Mid-Day, “We have written to the Censor Board seeking a re-examination of the film. The legal notice is marked to the film’s producers as well as the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. The depiction in the film is purely fictional, and defamatory to the operators linked with us. We have aggregated some of the world’s largest technological companies.”
They have also urged the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to re-examine the film and suspend the release of the film until they take an informed decision. “The teaser and trailer are of grossly defamatory nature. They also promote an anti-scientific approach towards mobile phones. We have sought that exhibition of the film be suspended until the Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification takes a final call,” their source said.
The COAI is a non-profit group that was formed in 1995 and it consists of leading cellular service providers like Jio, Vodafone, Airtel. They also work along with government agencies like the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
2.0‘s plot revolves around the impact that technology has on humankind. Actor Akshay Kumar has a line in the trailer where he says, “every cell phone user is a murderer”, which a member of the COAI described as “grossly prejudicial”.