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First look of Kamal Haasan-starrer ‘Vikram’ released on his 67th b’day eve

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The first look of director Lokesh Kanagaraj’s eagerly awaited action thriller ‘Vikram’, featuring Kamal Haasan in the lead, received an unprecedented response on Saturday, with more than 52,000 people liking the video on YouTube within minutes of its release.

The first look, released by the director and his team at exactly 6 p.m. on Saturday, a day ahead of the star-politician’s birthday, which is on November 7, features an action sequence where the actor is seen using a metallic shield to protect himself against intense gunfire inside a prison.

‘Vikram’ features music by Anirudh and Girish Gangadharan’s cinematography. Edited by Philomin Raj, the film’s art director is N. Sathees Kumar. The first look was released by the ‘Vikram’ team as part of the birthday celebrations of the actor, who turns 67 on November 7.

Director Kanagaraj, who posted the link to the first glance video on his Twitter account, wrote, “A small gift from me to you @ikamalhaasan sir. Happy Birthday Ulaganayagan.”

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MNM chief Kamal Haasan to campaign extensively for rural local body polls

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan will campaign extensively for his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) candidates in the ensuing rural local body elections to be held in nine districts of Tamil Nadu.

The MNM chief has already announced that his party will contest alone in the elections. It will be the first time the party will contesting in the local body polls after it was formed in 2018. The polls are slated for October 6 and October 9.

Kamal Haasan in a statement on Friday called upon the party cadres to contact the party district committee offices for being considered as party candidates in the elections.

Kamal Haasan said that for quick access, online application forms have also been created for the party cadres to register themselves in the party to be considered as candidates.

In the 2021 assembly elections, MNM contested in 154 seats in the assembly elections and 80 seats were allocated to its alliance partners, AISMK and IJK. The MNM secured a vote percentage of 2.52.

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), an alliance partner of the AIADMK, has announced that the party would contest the rural local body polls alone creating a flutter in the political circles of Tamil Nadu.

The DMK has been wooing the PMK with the announcement of a memorial to be constructed at Villupuram, the stronghold of the community, at a cost of Rs 4 crore as a tribute to the 21 Vanniyar community people who were killed in police firing on September 17, 1987. AIADMK leader M.G. Ramachandran was the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Desiya Murpoku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) of actor turned politician Vijayakanth has also announced that they would contest the rural local body polls alone. The party in the 2021 assembly elections had an alliance with Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) but has served the relationship hence.

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Kamal Haasan joins the sets of Vikram

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After a disastrous performance of his party in Tamil Assembly elections this year, top actor Kamal Haasan decided to focus on films. He has been in talks with various filmmakers and he commenced the shoot of his announced film Vikram. Khaidi fame Lokesh Kanagaraj is the director and the shoot commenced today in Chennai. Critically acclaimed actors Vijay Sethupathi and Fahad Fazil will be sharing screen with Kamal in this action thriller.

The entire shooting portions of Vikram are expected to be completed this year and the film will have its release next year. Kamal Haasan is the producer and the release date will be announced soon. Kamal is also keen to complete the shoot of Indian 2 next year that is delayed. Shankar is the director of this big-budget film.

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‘Vikram’ first-look poster features Kamal Haasan with Fahadh Faasil, Vijay Sethupati

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Superstar Kamal Haasan took to Twitter on Saturday to unveil a powerful poster and first look of his next film “Vikram”. The film will also star Vijay Sethupati and Fahadh Faasil in leading roles.

The black and white poster has “Code: Red” scribbled on it and the actors’ faces marked with scars.

Uploading the poster featuring close-ups of the three actors, Kamal captioned: “Only valour should wear the crown ‘I dare again to render before you the best of our talents. Like before, grant us victory!! Vikram.”

Directed and written by “Master” storyteller Lokesh Kanagaraj, the music of “Vikram” will be composed by Anirudh Ravichander.

The action thriller will mark third Tamil film for Malayalam star Fahadh after “Velaikkaran” and “Super Deluxe”.

The film, which was said to be delayed due to Kamal’s political commitments, is expected to go on floors soon.

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Will Shankar and Lyca resolve Indian 2 Issue?

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Top director Shankar and production house Lyca Productions are at loggerheads and the shoot of Indian 2 is kept on hold. Lyca wants Shankar to complete the pending shoot of Indian 2 and they are ready to deposit the remaining budget for the completion of the shoot. They made it clear that they would not allocate an extra budget for the movie. Shankar is not ready to go ahead as per the terms of Lyca Productions. His version is reported by his lawyer to the Madras High Court.

With the issue unresolved, the Madras High Court appointed a retired judge from Supreme Court to intervene in the issue and settle it at the earliest. Shankar is busy with the pre-production of Ram Charan’s pan-Indian project and the shoot is expected to commence from August. Kamal Haasan is busy with Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Vikram. Rs 180 crores are spent for Indian 2 till date. We have to wait to see if the issue will get resolved soon.

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Kamal Haasan’s video call to fan battling brain cancer goes viral

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A video call made by actor turned politician Kamal Haasan to a die-hard fan of his, who is battling brain cancer, went viral with social media appreciating the gesture of the 66-year-old Superstar.

Saketh, a young professional who was diagnosed with third-stage brain cancer, was in for a surprise when he received a video call from Kamal Haasan on Wednesday.

Saketh is nicknamed among his friends and family as “Virumandi” after the super character of Kamal Haasan in a movie by the same name released in 2004.

The fan turned visibly emotional when he found that the caller was indeed Kamal Haasan. After the initial shock and surprise, Saketh asked him how he was and how his family was, Hasaan promptly replied, “I am speaking to one”. The fan was visibly moved by the gesture.

Saketh told the superstar that he would fight against the disease and come back to life for his newborn child and thanked Hasaan for having made his life much nicer. The die hard fan also told the superstar that his foray into politics was a good one and that he will taste success by the next elections.

Haasan interacted with Saketh and his family members for more than ten minutes and shared words of encouragement with them. Sandhya Vaidyanathan, a cousin of Saketh, had approached the office of Kamal Haasan to fulfill the wish of Saketh, a die-hard fan of his.

In her social media post, Sandhya said, “I am grateful to the team of Kamal Sir’s office who made this possible. This is great and I am really happy.”

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Indian 2 Controversy: Shankar’s Counter-petition to Lyca

The Indian 2 controversy took many ugly turns and the film’s shoot is stalled for months. Leave out the real facts, there are many half-cooked stories about the project across the media circles. The production house Lyca Productions approached the Madras High Court against Shankar and the court asked Shankar to complete the project before moving on to his next film. Shankar has hit back with a counter-petition and the next hearing is postponed to June 4th. Shankar explained about the real delays in the shoot and how the pressure mounted on him about slashing down the budget of Indian 2.

It was due to the allergy of Kamal Haasan for the makeup, the shoot was initially delayed. Three crew members died on the spot on the sets of Indian 2 after which the shoot of the film was put on hold. Then it was the pandemic, that delayed the shoot further, told Shankar in his petition. Shankar also said that he wanted to resume the shoot in October last year but Lyca Productions wanted Shankar to shoot the film with minimal crew members and cut down the budget further. Shankar issued a clarification that it was impossible.

It is then the production house decided to stay calm told Shankar. Meanwhile, Kamal moved on to Lokesh Kanagaraj’s film Vikram and it was then Shankar decided not to wait and he moved on to his upcoming projects. Shankar says that he wanted the producers of Indian 2 to come out with a plan and he made sure that he would work on another film if Indian 2 would get delayed further. With no response, the top director approached and locked Ram Charan for a pan-Indian project that will roll soon. He also has a film with Ranveer Singh that will commence shoot next year.

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Kamal Haasan’s next move after Political Defeat

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Tamil Superstar Kamal Haasan has been focused on politics during the season and he contested in the recent Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. It is quite shocking that is party failed badly and Kamal Haasan too lost in the polls. The actor turned politician recovered from the debacle very soon as per his close associates. He decided to shift his focus back on films and is meeting various filmmakers. Kamal Haasan will resume the shoot of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Vikram next month. The film is expected to release later this year.

Kamal Haasan is also keen to initiate talks and resolve the issues of Indian 2. He will complete the film’s pending shoot soon. Kamal Haasan is keen to sign two new films before he completes the shoot of Indian 2 and Vikram. He is also in plans to produce content-driven films on his home banner. Keeping politics aside, Kamal Haasan is keen to focus on films for now as he has no political options available for now.

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Latest updates on Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2

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Top director Shankar is facing a tough time for the first time in his career. The shoot of his upcoming movie Indian 2 got stalled for a year and a half. Shankar announced that he would work with Ram Charan in his next film and the makers of Indian 2 approached Madras High Court to stall his plans. At the same time, Tamil producer Aascar Ravichandran threatened Shankar of initiating legal proceedings if he commences the shoot of Anniyan remake in Hindi. We have some updates on what is happening with Indian 2 as of now.

Shankar is waiting for the arrival of foreign technicians to resume the shoot of the film. With the situation of coronavirus alarming in the country, the technicians are not ready to fly to India. Shankar’s advocate informed the same in the Madras High Court informing that Shankar will resume the shoot at the earliest. Kamal Haasan is expected to allocate the dates for Indian 2 from June. Around 50 days of shoot for Indian 2 is left pending for now. Shankar is in touch with the foreign technicians and is planning the schedules of Indian 2. Lyca Productions are the producers and Kamal Haasan, Kajal Aggarwal, Siddharth and Rakul Preet Singh will be playing the lead roles in this action thriller.

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Case filed against Kamal Haasan for violating poll code

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A case was filed against superstar-turned-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore on Sunday for violating the model code of conduct, officials said.

Independent candidate Palanikumar, who is contesting from Coimbatore South constituency where Kamal Haasan is fighting, complained to the police that stage actors dressed as Lord Rama and goddesses performed in front of the Ramar temple at Ramapuram in Coimbatore and that this was a violation of the poll code.

A case was registered under Sections 123(3) and 125 of the Representation of People Act.

Kamal is engaged in a bitter four-cornered fight in Coimbatore South against BJP women’s wing national President, Vanathi Srinivasan, Congress’ Mayura Jayakumar and Challenger R. Doraisamy of the AMMK.

In a related incident, BJP state executive commitee member Radha Ravi was booked for his derogatory remarks against Kamal Haasan in a speech on March 28. The Race Course police registered a case against him based on a complaint filed by Coimbatore South Assembly constituency election officer, T. Sivasubramanian.

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Debate: What are the prospects of Kamal’s third front in TN assembly elections?

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The election commission announcing the schedule for 4 states and 1 Union territory a couple of days ago intensified political activity in those 4 states and UT. As per the schedule announced by EC, assembly elections in Tamil Nadu will be held in single phases on April 6th. The fate of the political parties will be out on May 2nd when the counting happens.

Kamal’s 3rd front: Who’s all with him?

While the traditional parties like ADMK and DMK are allying with BJP and Congress respectively, the smaller parties are coming to form 3rd front in the captaincy of Kamal Hassan this time. Kamal Hassan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam so far didn’t register any victory in the polls and the party doesn’t even have a presence at the grass root levels. But some parties are evincing interest to ally with him.

Actor Sarath Kumar, who is known to the Telugu audience from movies like Gang leader, Bunny and Kanchana etc runs a party named All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK). Recently Kamal Haasan and actor Sarath Kumar held talks and agreed to go together in the polls. Sarath Kumar’s AISMK has been allying with AIADMK and Sarath Kumar won an MLA seat from Tenkasi in 2011. This time he stated that AIADMK leaders did not invite him for alliance and so he is moving out.

There is another small party named Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK). The leader of this party -TR Paarivendhar earlier contested and won on the DMK party symbol but parted ways owing to personal differences with the DMK leaders.

Kamal Hassan also tied up with Satta Panchayat Iyakkam, an NGO that was started in 2013 to fight against corruption.

There was a question posed by reporters to Sarath Kumar about TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala joining hands with this third front. Sarath Kumar didn’t answer the question directly. However, if Kamal joins hands with Dinakaran’s AMMK, all the ideologies and anti-corruption slogans Kamal and his team raising will be trolled.

What are the prospects of this 3rd front:

To be frank, the prospects of 3rd party or 3rd front in any election, in any region of India, has been very dismal. Except in some exceptional scenarios, 3rd fronts have always failed. When Vijay Kanth’s DMDK, garnered 8.5% votes in the 2006 elections, people, as well as analysts, thought that the third front could really become decisive in future if Vijaykanth plays cards correctly. But Vijaykanth proved them all wrong in the 2016 elections.

Now Kamal Hassan’s 3rd front is not even getting much attention from media as well as people, not only because his party doesn’t have a cadre or structure but also because of the utter failure of the 3rd front in previous elections.

Moreover, Kamal Hassan was never a mass hero or a leader. His intellectual rants are either ignored or objected to by the masses. His comments against religion abhorred by a section of the people. It is to be noted that the media gave a good share of screen time for his party during the 2019 LS elections and despite that his party failed miserably. Because of all these reasons, Kamal’s third front is not at all taken seriously by the people of Tamil Nadu.

Overall:

It looks like this 2021 TN election also will be a battle between the ‘Two leaves’ and ‘Rising Sun’ once again and the third front or any other political party will be playing a less significant role.

-ZURAN

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Good news for Kamal Haasan’s fans

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Kamal Haasan all set to return back to the sets of Indian 2

Padmashri Kamal Haasan signed a sequel for Indian and is titled Indian 2. Shankar is directing this big-budget project which faced several hurdles. There are speculations that all is not well between Shankar and Lyca Productions as the director did not quote the final budget for the film. A tragic accident took place on the sets and three crew members got killed. The shoot of the film was put on hold after the incident and then came the coronavirus pandemic. With the huge delay in the project, Kamal announced his next film Vikram in the direction of Lokesh Kanagaraj.

As per the update coming, all the issues of Indian 2 are resolved recently and the shoot resumes from January 2021. Kamal will have to focus on politics as the Assembly elections are heading in summer in Tamil Nadu. He is in plans to complete the shoot of Vikram by January and he will join the sets of Indian 2. Shankar and Lyca Productions came on to a common stand about the film’s budget and all the hurdles are cleared. Kamal is said to have supported Shankar in the issue after which Lyca Productions came to a compromise. The film will hit the screens in all the Indian languages next year.

Kajal Aggarwal, Siddharth and Rakul Preet Singh will be seen in other crucial roles in Indian 2.

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Kamal Haasan’s Vikram Teaser: Intriguing Cut

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South Indian Superstar Kamal Haasan is celebrating his birthday today and the announcement about his next film is out. His next film is titled Vikram and will be directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The teaser looks very interesting and intriguing. Kamal looks perfectly planned with a bunch of weapons before he invites the special guests to his house. Vikram is said to be a political thriller and the regular shoot commences very soon. The film produced by Raajkamal Films International will release in summer 2021 in multiple languages.

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Kamal Haasan votes for Lokesh Kanagraj’s film

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Padmshri Kamal Haasan is celebrating his birthday on November and the teaser of his next film that will be directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj will be out. The film’s shoot is yet to commence but the makers conducted a small trial shoot for the film and the teaser part is cut. The film will have its official launch on November 7th and the regular shoot will follow. With Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 stalled, Kamal decided to join the sets of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s project.

Shankar and Lyca Productions are yet to get a clarity on the revised budgets and the upcoming schedules of Indian 2 will be planned after that. Kamal Haasan will complete some portions of the shoot for Lokesh Kanagaraj’s political thriller. Kamal Haasan himself will produce this film. With the Tamil Nadu elections planned for summer next year, Kamal is keen to release Lokesh Kanagaraj’s film by summer.

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Kamal Haasan’s next film announced

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South Indian Superstar Kamal Haasan has been waiting for a perfect comeback as none of his recent films ended up impressive. The veteran actor is also focused on politics and he could not dedicate his time completely for films. His 232nd project got announced today and it will be directed by Khaidi fame Lokesh Kanagaraj. Kamal Haasan’s home banner Raajkamal Films International will produce this prestigious project. The makers announced the film today with a poster with a caption ‘Once Upon A Time, there lived a Ghost’.

Anirudh will compose the music and background score for this action thriller and the film is aimed for summer 2021 release. More details about the film will be announced officially very soon. The movie is tentatively titled Evanendru Ninaithai. Lokesh Kanagaraj completed his recent film Master featuring Vijay in the lead role. The film will hit the screens soon.

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Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 badly hit by Coronavirus

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Kamal Haasan and Shankar decided to work together with Indian 2, the sequel for Indian. Right from the day, the film got launched, Indian 2 faced several problems. The shoot was kept on hold during the initial days after Shankar gave no clarity on the final budget. After long discussions for months, the shoot started. Soon, Kamal Haasan got injured and the shoot got delayed. After this, a major accident took place and three crew members got killed which turned out to be a major blow for the movie unit.

With the latest coronavirus outbreak, the shoot of Indian 2 got delayed further. Shankar will take the final call on the next schedule once the situations settle down. The budget of the film already got heaped up and Indian 2 which was planned for release during the end of this year will miss the release date. Indian 2 features Kamal Haasan, Kajal Aggarwal, Siddharth, Rakul Preet Singh in the lead roles. Lyca Productions are the producers and Indian 2 will have a pan Indian release.

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‘Kamal Haasan home quarantine notice, needling by govt’

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Hours after the ‘home quarantine’ notice was stuck outside the actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s old residence, the Greater Chennai Corporation removed the same saying it was done by mistake.

However, party spokesperson is of the view that it is nothing but needling by the state government.

The Corporation has been sticking such notices outside the residences of all those who have returned from foreign countries where Coronavirus had spread.

“Kamal Haasan has been in India since January this year. He has not travelled abroad. The building is now the party office of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM). There was security. Without making any enquiries with the security, the officials had stuck the home quarantine notice at night and gone,” Murali Appas, spokesperson of the party told IANS.

According to him, should not the officials before sticking the notice enquire with the household about the condition of the person who had returned from overseas and also brief them about the precautions to be taken?

He also said, the data as to the persons who had come from overseas should have the correct name of the traveller and not the name of others in the household.

“With Kamal Haasan being within India, how can the Chennai Corporation mention his name in the ‘home quarantine’ notice that was stuck outside the building that was once his residence,” Appas wondered.

According to him, it is nothing but needling by the local government. Recently he was summoned by the police and questioned for several hours in connection with the accident that happened at the Indian movie shooting spot.

Couple of days back Kamal Haasan in a tweet said with the help of doctors in his party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) he is willing to convert the building that was once his residence into a temporary hospital to treat the coronavirus patients.

He also said he is ready to do this once the government gives the permission.

Meanwhile in a statement Kamal Haasan said he has not been living in that building for the past few years and the party office has been functioning from there.

“So, the news that I have been quarantined is not true. As a precautionary measure, I have undertaken social distancing as I requested the public too,” Kamal Haasan said.

“My entire family has self-isolated. Mum (actress Sarika) is in Mumbai as well but in another apartment, Dad (Kamal Haasan) and Akshara (sister) are in Chennai but in separate houses. All of us had different travelling schedules and it didn’t make sense for us to isolate together. That’s the decision I feel people should make,” Shruti Haasan, the elder daughter of Kamal Haasan had told Mumbai Mirror earlier.

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Indian 2 Row: Kamal approaches Madras High Court

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South Indian Superstar Kamal Haasan was busy shooting for Indian 2 during which tragedy struck and three crew members lost their lives in a tragic accident. Kamal Haasan and Shankar who were on the spot have been asked to appear before the Central Crime Branch team in Chennai for questioning. Kamal Haasan today approached the Madras High Court and he alleged that cops harassed him during questioning.

Kamal said that the cops harassed him during the scene enactment. The Madras High Court will hear the petition soon. Kamal claims that none of the actors are harassed in such situations. The shoot of Indian 2 is kept on hold and it is expected to restart once the scare of coronavirus comes to an end in the country. Made on a massive budget, Indian 2 is slated for release next year. Kajal, Siddharth and Rakul Preet Singh will be seen in other crucial roles in Indian 2.

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Indian 2 Accident: Kamal questioned by CCB Police

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The horrifying accident on the sets of Indian 2 killed three crew members and the shoot of the film got halted as of now. The Chennai Central Crime Branch (CCB) cops registered an FIR and the film’s director Shankar was questioned recently. Now the film’s lead actor Kamal Haasan appeared before CCB in Chennai today. The CCB registered Kamal Haasan’s statement as a part of the investigation.

Kamal Haasan already donated Rs 1 crore per family for the deceased. Kamal and Shankar had a narrow escape from the accident. Kamal asked the makers to make sure that such incidents never repeat in the future. The shoot of Indian 2 was taking place in and around Chennai before the incident. Siddarth, Kajal Aggarwal and Rakul Preet Singh will be playing other lead roles in Indian 2 which is produced by Lyca Productions.

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Major accident on Indian 2 Sets: Three Killed

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Tragedy struck hard on the sets of Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 after an accident took place that killed three people. More than ten people are badly injured in this accident that took place last night. A set is being constructed currently and a light setup from the crane fell on the crew after which the incident took place. The film’s director Shankar escaped closely from the accident. His personal assistant Madhu and Krishna, an assistant director died on the spot.

The other deceased was Chandran, a catering team member. The shoot of the film is happening in EVP Studios, Chennai. After coming to know about the mishap, Kamal Haasan rushed to the spot. The injured are taken to a private hospital in the city and are recovering well. Kamal Haasan and Shankar expressed their grief for the families of the deceased. Made on a huge budget, Indian 2 features Kajal Aggarwal, Siddharth and Rakul Preet in other crucial roles.

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