Fronting Fiction Related To Mobiles, The Telecommunication Corporation Brings Legal Proceedings Against Rajinikanth's movie

Kareena Kusari |Dec 06, 2018

The Indian telecommunication enterprises claim that Rajinikanth's movie defames the cellular phones’ images, and represents a non-scientific viewpoint concurrently.

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'2.0' with the superstar Rajinikanth's appearance (left)

Rajinikanth 's movie has made the Indian telecommunication enterprises dissatisfied

The movie featuring the renowned actor Rajinikanth, ‘2.0’, has caused the Indian telecommunication enterprises dissatisfaction. These organizations claim that the film defames the cellular phones’ images, and represents a non-scientific viewpoint concurrently.

The Cellular Operators Association of India, abbreviated COAI, submitted a formal complaint to The Censor Committee and the Indian government. In the letter, they suggested delaying the blockbuster film’s release officially. The movie is planned for its premiere on Thursday.

2.0's huge monster has wings made from the mobile phones

Rated as one of the top Bollywood blockbusters in the year 2018, the multilingual movie ‘2.0’ is expected to compete with the Hollywood film capital’s great projects increasingly capturing Indian admirers’ interest. The starring role of ‘2.0’ is 68-year-old actor Rajinikanth, a renowned artist in the Tamil film industry. He is considered the greatest cinema star in the history of Indian films.

The representation of the evil anti-hero in ‘2.0’ is a huge monster in the shape of half-human and half-bird with wings made from the countless mobile phones. Appearing in the trailer’s scene, the monster screams and says that each individual possessing a cellular phone is killer.

Also in the trailer, the audiences catch footage of all the mobile telephones slipped out of humans’ hands. After that, they are massively attracted into the air like a violent storm by the giant monster.

Telecoms industry can face the potential risks due to 2.0’s fictitious content

In the letter of complaint on November 23, COAI claimed that the images and scenes of the mobile networks and towers in ‘2.0’ are untrue. In their opinions, they are “based on no evidence and wholly fictional”. Additionally, they stated that the incident seriously damages the plaintiff and the related members.

Currently, Reuters, one of the world’s biggest news agencies, was carefully considering one copy of their petition again. Meanwhile, an officer of the Censor Committee was unwilling to instantly voice any comments on this problem.

In addition to the above approaches, they sent an email to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to present the issue. However, they obtained no feedback out of office hours.

Text-messaging Reuters, COAI's general manager, Mr. Rajan Mathews expressed his anxiety about the potential risks based on 2.0’s fictitious content. In his opinion, a number of sections of the community may believe it and “instigate law and order problems”. Plus, they can propose the closure of the mobile towers.

Mr. Mathews also stated that they are suggesting previewing the whole movie to make sure it doesn’t contain such risk. The result of the cell towers’ closures can be derived from the matters less important than what is depicted in ‘2.0’.

The COAI’s key members, including the top global telecoms enterprise Bharti Airtel, India’s biggest telecom operator Vodafone Idea, and the Indian mobile network operator Reliance Jio Infocomm, provided no feedback on the issue.

According to Counterpoint Research’s study, India’s cellphone market is developing with the fastest speed all over the world. At present, India consumes a total of about 850 million cellular phones.

Currently, it is impossible to contact the movie’s maker to discuss this case.


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