Rajinikanth’s 2.0 - Banning It Would Be Worse

Rajinikanth’s 2.0

From its trailer of 2.0, the sequel to Tamil superstar Rajinikanth-starrer Robot, seems to be the perfect blend of science fiction and bizarre storytelling. From the thalaiva‘s spunky dialogues, to action scenes involving Akshay Kumar who plays a villain seemingly inspired by Marvel and DC Comics characters.

COAI wants the certification of 2.0 repealed.

Rajan Mathews, the Director General of COAI “to revoke the certification already granted including for the teaser, trailer and other promotional video and Tamil language of the film with immediate effect“. He added that the body has also sought a ban on the “exhibition of the movie“.

COAI’s claims that 2.0 exaggerates the impact of mobile towers and mobile phones on the environment, especially birds. The body alleges that 2.0 misinforms viewers about microwaves from mobile phone towers, defames telcos, makes “anti-scientific” claims, which in turn could lead to public disbelief and outrage.

Impact Of Radiation

The concept of the movie, in which Kumar avenges the impact of radiation from mobile phone towers on avian life, can be loosely linked to the migration of the House Sparrow from metro cities due to several reasons. Broadly, these include extensive urbanization, loss of natural habitat, and supposedly radiation from mobile phone towers.

While there are no conclusive studies that establish a direct link between the departure of sparrows from the national capital and a high density of electromagnetic ways emanating from mobile towers, certain researchers have refuted the claim, elaborating the non-ionizing nature of radio waves. While radio waves can lead to heating of the birds’ bodies as well as their eggs, they do not actually harm them.

Box office watchers

Despite this, box office watchers say that the movie will be a huge success, especially because it has not just one but two megastars – Rajinikanth (in a double role) and Kumar. The producers have already raked partnership deals worth Rs 370 crore even before the release.

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