Kamal Haasan condolences the death of three dead on sets of "Indian 2" and announces compensation

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Actor Kamal Haasan announced £ 1 crore for the families of the technicians who have died, as well as for those injured in the Indian 2 set-up on Wednesday night.

Three people were killed and nine injured when a crane used to set up snapped while filming the film, directed by Ace director Shankar, in a private studio in the suburb of Nazrathpet on Wednesday.

The three killed were assistant director Krishna, art assistant Chandran, and Madhu, a production assistant, Lyca said in a statement.

In a conversation with media representatives in the KMC hospital on Thursday evening, Haasan said that he was not present as a representative of the film production, but viewed the incident as something that had happened to his family.

"I have been in this profession since childhood. This is another incident that proves that this industry does not have the level of security that is expected of it," said Haasan.

Mr. Haasan added that the compensation he offered should only be seen as "first aid" to the problem, saying the industry should come together and take measures to ensure protection and insurance for technicians.

Police officers speak to the brother of Krishna, an assistant director who was one of the three dead who was filming in Chennai on Thursday

Police officers speak to the brother of Krishna, an assistant director who was one of the three killed on Thursday in Chennai while filming "Indian 2" near Poonamallee.

| Photo credit: B. Velankanni Raj

"We boast big films on a big budget, but it's shameful that we can't protect our technicians," he said. He emphasized the responsibility of every profession, including the cinema industry, to ensure that its technicians are protected.

When asked whether security measures should be better implemented in the film industry, Mr. Haasan said that nowhere in the country is compliance with security regulations appropriate in any area. "There are accidents waiting to happen and we should take steps to ensure that they are prevented," he said.

Mr. Haasan said that it was a tight escape for him and that he was with the film's actress under the same canopy just before the crane collapsed on it. "The director and the cameraman had a short escape when they left there a few seconds before the accident," he added.

Director Shankar and founder of Lyca Productions, Subaskaran Allirajah, also met with the families of the deceased at KMC.

Tamil Kumaran, CEO of Lyca Productions, said they would give £ 2m to the families of the deceased and those injured in the disaster. "We will also take care of all medical costs for the injured," he added.