Kamal Haasan Offers Rs 1 Cr to Families of Film Set Mishap Victims
After three people were killed and nine injured in a crane accident on the sets of Indian 2, actor Kamal Haasan has announced that he will be giving Rs 1 crore rupees to the families of the deceased.
In a statement to the media, he said, “There are accidents waiting to happen and we should make sure they don't happen. After an accident, everyone says precautions should've been taken. I am not looking at this as an accident that happened in Lyca Productions but in my own family.”
“Crores of rupees are spent for a film, but it is shameful we can’t provide absolute safety to avoid accidents such as this. Krishna was working with me and only yesterday he came and told me proudly how he has joined the sets. And today he is not here. This amount cannot even be called compensation. It is just a small token of help.”Kamal Haasan
“We need to ensure there is insurance for all technicians and proper safe arrangements. Nowhere is there safety compliance in any industry. Since we are a high-profile industry, it gets featured in media. I too could've been in their place. Director Shankar and cameraperson moved just 4 seconds before the heroine and I were under that tent just a few seconds before and missed it by a scratch,” he added.
The accident occurred on the sets of his upcoming film Indian 2 in Chennai on Wednesday, 19 February, police said, according to PTI.
The injured people have been shifted to a hospital, according to the report. The accident took at suburban Nazrathpet when the crane employed to erect the set crashed.
Kajal Agarwal, who is also a part of the film, took to Twitter to express her grief over the accident. “Words cannot describe the heartache I feel at the unexpected,untimely loss of my colleagues from lastnight. Krishna,Chandran and Madhu.Sending love,strength and my deepest condolences to your families.May god give strength in this moment of desolation,” she tweeted.
Lyca Productions, the producers of Indian 2, have expressed their condolences to the family of the crew members who passed away in the tragic accident via social media.
Meanwhile, Haasan, who was on the spot, was unharmed, film industry sources said, according to PTI.
The actor took to Twitter to offer his condolences, terming the accident ‘horrific’ and mourned the loss of three colleagues.
“I have seen many accidents in my life but today's accident is the most horrific. I have lost three colleagues. More than my pain the grief of their family will be manifold. I take part in their anguish, as one of them. My deepest condolences to them,” Haasan wrote on Twitter.
The shoot was underway at a private cinema studio, police told PTI.