After the gruesome accident on Feb 19th, actor Kamalhassan had sent a letter to Lyca Productions that he along with the rest of the crew will not return to the shooting of Indian 2 unless the production house puts the best safety and insurance policies in place.
On Feb 26th, Lyca Productions Director Neelkant Naryanpur has replied with a tenacious letter that persuades Kamal to not shun his share of the responsibility in the incident. The letter reminds Kamal that Chairman Subaskaran landed in Chennai the very next day to pay his respects to the victims, and also announced an honorarium, much before Kamal wrote his letter. The letter reiterates Lyca’s commitment to highest safety standards as an international firm, and questioned Kamal’s and director Shankar’s on-the -spot judgment. While expressing regret at the unfortunate incident, Naryanpur has stated that Lyca had put its faith on Kamal, a highly experienced actor, and Shankar, a veteran director to amplify the safety measures based on the day-to-day scenarios in ground zero; in fact, the duo were the captains piloting the shoot. Naryanpur points out that Lyca has invested a huge sum of money to produce the movie including expenses towards the highest safety standards, and getting an insurance policy that covered the entire cast and crew. The letter also notes that Lyca had appointed seasoned professionals Sudarrajan and Vimal, on the director’s recommendation, to take full charge of the production including the safety measure and legal permissions.
A copy of the letter was posted in Lyca’s official Twitter handle. Twitteratis have responded by accusing Kamal of seeking attention and using the accident to gain political mileage. After all, senior industry pros must set an example by stepping up to the situation and take collective responsibility instead of playing the blame game.